The thought of living in a remote or untouched area may have crossed your mind several times, but just how difficult is it to disappear into serenity when the technological trappings of modern life surround us 24/7? Is remote living really possible and can it give us the peaceful lifestyle some people desire? Can you go hiking somewhere unknown? We’ve put this to the test in some all-new research.
Our ‘Off the Grid’ map shows there are many pockets of remote tranquillity across the UK -places mostly undisturbed by problems that bustling towns and cities face on a daily basis. These lightly populated areas have multiple lifestyle benefits and vast amounts of picturesque outdoor space, but what else can you expect when you move somewhere remote?
If you’re fully committed to living off the grid, this means no modern technology, money, pre-packaged food or luxury products – a style of living that emphasises utilising nature and the world around us, and one which most will find overly extreme. Living remotely is a better way to describe living in a rural destination surrounded by green space, something that is becoming increasingly attractive as an alternative to the busy rat race. To this end, Decathlon has produced a handy map of some of the most uniquely remote locations across the UK.
Shetland in Scotland compromises over a hundred islands, with only 15 that are actually inhabited by people. Located over 100 miles off the North Coast of mainland Scotland, there are only 14 permanent CCTV cameras across Shetland, equating to less than one per inhabited island and a far cry from major British cities. Tourists often seek some time away from reality to visit the Shetlands and test out its unrevealed outdoor opportunities, the peaked terrain providing the perfect setting for long drawn-out walks, family camping, and incredibly scenic coastal cycle routes. There are even bike hire shops in Lerwick and Unst, giving adventurers the opportunity to rent an electric bike, road bike or mountain bike to tour the island on.
A lot of the UK’s islands are relatively unknown, especially places like Spitbank Fort in the South of England. Although the man-made fort is situated in the middle of the water and offers exclusive private hire, it is rarely busy outside of peak tourist months and local sailing events.
Lundy Island off the coast of Devon is a unique area with only 28 permanent inhabitants. The secluded tourist spot has 23-holiday properties, which attract visitors throughout the summer months when the temperature hits a peak. The MS Oldenburg is the island’s connection to the wider world and offers day trips to Lundy between March and October. Many tourists bring their running trainers, hiking boots or cycling equipment along to make the most of the immense green space and get away from the rest of the world.
Although there are some restrictions when you choose to live remotely, benefits such as a tight-knit community and secure environment for both children and adults are some of the main attractions to residents and visitors alike. Overall, these areas offer a simpler way of life, with much less emphasis on technology and increased opportunities for an active, outdoor lifestyle yearned for by so many. If that includes you, hopefully, our map will guide you on your way to the perfect escape!