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30th Sep 2006, 23:27
Life is just too much for me at the moment. I feel tied to my phone, the internet and I need a break.

I want to go to a place where there's no tv, that's out in nature and most of all, where there is virtually no other people.

Thailand is an option but where to go, I do not know.

Suggestions please. Thanks.

(Smart answers will get "muppet" status.)

tony draper
30th Sep 2006, 23:31
Do the Pennine Walk.:cool:

30th Sep 2006, 23:34
It's not impossible to find areas of Britain where mobile 'phone reception is impossible and where few people venture. Apart from parts of the Scottish/English Borders (where there are more sheep than people), the remoter parts of the Western Highlands and Islands contain places where you'll not meet anybody. Are you seeking a retreat or merely somewhere to take a break?

30th Sep 2006, 23:39
I'll wager many on here are feeling sorry for you:{ :p


couln't care less where ya go;)

30th Sep 2006, 23:39
G-CPTN: Definitely a retreat. Away from everyone and where I can take stock of myself and get back on track.


30th Sep 2006, 23:46
Ever read 'Ring of bright water' by Gavin Maxwell?
Story of a guy who rents a cottage on the west coast of Scotland and subsequently shares his 'life' with wild otters. Such places still exist.


(Of course, there's always the Foreign Legion . . . )

30th Sep 2006, 23:50
Thanks, I'll check it out.;)

30th Sep 2006, 23:51
When the world has from time to time closed in on me, I've found great solace by going to places that might be crowded "in season," but out of season might be relatively deserted. Usually, I like rugged coasts.

Once, going on a pilgrimage, utterly alone and distraught, I visited the village of Pennan (very small, relatively remote and utterly gorgeous), in Scotland. I had a room above a pub for a week. During the days I walked the streets and strolled the damp waterfront, retreating to read and write when it got too cold.

Beautiful coincidence: "Ever read 'Ring of bright water' by Gavin Maxwell?" Yes, in Pennan.

Not at all near a coast yet perfectly brilliant, was a week spent alone in Vinci, Italy. This is the village where Leonardo was born, and there's a marvelous museum of his writings, inventions and various artistic endeavors to wander through. Einstein also visited Vinci. As a failed student "who will never amount to anything," he knelt by a stream and envisioned the special theory of relativity.

At important intersections in my short life, good things have happened for me in both these places: healing, decision-making, and the return of optimism.

Be sure to leave the laptop, cell phone and watch at home.

30th Sep 2006, 23:52

For what it is worth, my workmate goes to Thailand twice a year, Chiang Mai I believe. He swears by it for R and R. This should give you the "tourist information" aspect of it.

http://www.gochiangmai.com/ (http://www.gochiangmai.com/)

If you are interested, PM me and I'll ask him for further details and send it off.

As a tamer alternative, I just returned from 10 days holiday in Ireland. If you want to get away from it all, County Donegal has some nice B & B's, beautiful scenery, and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Fly into Shannon on Aer Lingus then drive up.

It is now "off-season" so the rates will be reasonable and as for the weather, while it will be wet, there's a beauty to that as well.

Happy Trails,


1st Oct 2006, 00:04
There is a multitude of places on the west coast of Scotland where there is no road access. Of course you ARE open to intruders from the sea, but few will contemplate bothering you, and in general, these places are so remote that there's no point in visitors calling. Any that pass are likely to be like-minded souls. Occasional contact needn't be a negative experience. Of course, as Acrochik suggests you could compromise with an 'out-of-season' pub.
11Fan mentions Ireland. I've never been, but I understand that there are similar places to those that I've suggested (also on the West Coast, but in the South). Some one-horse towns don't even have a horse (though may have a donkey). Not certain about the 'unavailability' of mobile 'phone signals though.

A story told to me many years ago by my then Irish housemate:- A visitor mentioned 'Manyana' (intentionally spelled like that) and was asked to explain the meaning. After consideration, the Irishman said "I don't think we have any word that implies such urgency . . . "

(BTW that's NOT 'manamana' . . . do doo do doo doo . . . )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlrF7vj4u4U&mode=related&search= (but THAT IS!)

1st Oct 2006, 00:16
How_about_Lough_Derg (http://www.loughderg.org/index.cfm/area/information/page/three)

Failing that, there are places in Norfolk that fit the bill!



1st Oct 2006, 00:17
f you are a sailing man, do charter a yacht out of Phuket. It's off-season, should only be around 1500 pounds for a 33-footer for ten days. Exquisite solitude, but if you are taking a friend try a 36 - 42 footer.

We are similarly-minded and going to Croatia shortly.

Echoing AcroChik, the North-Eastern coast of Scotland is utterly suberb if you enjoy (or want) isolation. The locals can be placated by simply stating "G'day mite, I'm from Sinney".

(the above is in jest, in case anyone is cruising for ire. The people we met in Gardenstown were astoundingly friendly and the scenery was breathtaking)

1st Oct 2006, 00:19
Surprised ColMac didn't suggest . . .

. . . Rockall! :E :D

Chitty's Leader
1st Oct 2006, 00:33
I second the suggestion of the West coast of Ireland to get away from it all. Ok, so you will still get a mobile signal (if you don't leave it at home), but the people, the scenery the pubs more than make up for that. Connemara, the Dingle Peninsula, and the very rugged County Donegal - anywhere in this area fits the bill.

If you really want to get away from civilisation, get out to the Aran Islands in the Atlantic - Inisheer, the smallest of 3 islands, is something else; no cars & no Gardai, with superb food and great B&B's.

1st Oct 2006, 00:44
Yes, those work.

I have an idyllic cottage in rural Norfolk, used for that very purpose. In my semi-retirement now, we use it a lot.

I agree with the "Western Scotland" suggestion. Thailand's beautiful, but a long way to go for peace and quiet when there's plenty of that nearer home.

If you really want sanctuary, there are some wonderful places where you can make pilgrimage - with peace and solitude if you want it, but friendly ears to listen if you need those.

Mull and Iona do something for me. You could even fly in to Glenforsa (or have they closed for the winter now?)

1st Oct 2006, 02:05
be careful in the far north of scotland. after a few weeks solitude, the sheep start to become rather good looking. well some of em anyway.

so ive been told.

1st Oct 2006, 02:32
Parts I'm talking about there ain't no sheep. Just lots and lots of NOTHING

Beautiful nothing . . .

Howard Hughes
1st Oct 2006, 03:04
Try here! (http://www.sevenspiritbay.com/)

No phones, no radio, no TV and the generator tuns off at about 2200 each night. Has some of the best bush walking and Barra fishing anywhere, but you need deep pockets...:ok:

(I guess if your paying in Euros, your pockets don't need to be that deep!);)

1st Oct 2006, 03:30
Ah! The generator turns off!
We spent our honeymoon on the Isle of Man at Tholt-y-Will which as at that time (1971) 'an Inn', though an Inn with a DIFFERENCE. Those that knew it will know, but the turning-off of the generator has just reminded me of that place. We returned in 1975 shortly before our first child was born, climbed Snaefell (in the snow). The air was SO clear we watched a flight of Phantoms run down from Scotland over the Lake District and onwards over Wales. Then Mrs G-CPTN promptly took a tumble. I envisaged delivering a baby there and then (we were the ONLY people on the mountain). The baby survived and is now 31.

It's amazing how words or phrases trigger the recall of memories.

B Fraser
1st Oct 2006, 09:39
Yup, one is thinking of where to go and do nothing but read books and swim for a week. (Perhaps where I could also do some solo hour building at well below UK rates without having to provide reams of paperwork to prove I'm not a religious nutter intent on making a statement in a SEP).

Unfunny comments from Statler & Waldorf expected any moment now......

1st Oct 2006, 09:45
......and not to let you down

Unfunny comments from Statler & Waldorf expected any moment now......

B Fraser is a [email protected]:rolleyes:

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Oct 2006, 09:54
Benguera, Bazaruto and Magaruque in Mozambique.

Good fishing, spearfishing, diving or just lazing in a hammock while the tide comes in under you. There are a few salties around but nothing serious on the sand flats...




1st Oct 2006, 09:56
Yup, one is thinking of where to go and do nothing but read books and swim for a week.

A quarter century ago, I was 'stressed' at work (it was an extremely busy period with much 'instant' travel - phone call - be there 9am next day). Wife found a house to rent in Parrog (Newport, Pembrokeshire) in Wales. The house was built on the sea wall. There was no road to the house. The only decision to be made each day was 'Was the tide IN or was the tide OUT?'. If the tide was OUT you could walk down the steps onto the beach. If the tide was IN you had to walk along the top of the sea wall (along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path). The Postman only delivered at low-tide (adjusting his delivery time to allow him to drive along the beach). Any attempt to do this with the tide other than out risked being covered by three metres of water.
Sitting in the house you could watch the tide ebbing and flowing. As an Engineer I marvelled at the 'forces' that flooded (and drained) a bay one mile by half a mile TWICE a day. If you called on the complete resources of the British Army it would take at least a week to pump out the water, yet 'something' did it twice every day without fail or hesitation (and, what's more, the timings were predictable).
I enjoyed that holiday (and yes, we did go back).


House shown - the one sideways-on to the sea wall.

B Fraser
1st Oct 2006, 10:07
Pembroke sounds interesting ! A very good girlie friend flies the Twotter service to Barra and she owes me a trip.

I was thinking more along the lines of 90 Farenheit than 90 Kelvin :sad:

1st Oct 2006, 11:59
Kerry in Southern Ireland is great.
My brother and I go climbing down there. Staying at a borrowed cottage the directions where, through the reeds and it's opposite the alcoholic and next to the basket weaver, the key's under the bucket, the cottage is white.
which really narrows it down
There was also the tide problem if you wanted to walk to the village. Wading back to the cottage happened a lot. :uhoh:

1st Oct 2006, 12:09
Life is just too much for me at the moment. I feel tied to my phone, the internet and I need a break.

I want to go to a place where there's no tv, that's out in nature and most of all, where there is virtually no other people.

Thailand is an option but where to go, I do not know.

Suggestions please. Thanks.

(Smart answers will get "muppet" status.)

One of the places I can think off to get absolute serenity ! :)


1st Oct 2006, 13:29

If you don't mind travelling long distance I thoroughly recommend Hamilton Island in North Queensland, it is the most splendid place on the planet

This is the beach club pool you can relax by, swim over to buy a cocktail or 5 etc
(pic downloaded free from www.hamiltonisland.com.au (http://www.hamiltonisland.com.au))


and a myriad of images here (http://www.pbase.com/raymondg/whitsunday_islands)

1st Oct 2006, 14:59
This has been a great help folks. thanks :)

1st Oct 2006, 20:47
You can find absolute, breathtakingly pristine beauty in some of the Palawan Islands in the Southern Philippines. Now, being literally away from pretty much everything, it takes some getting to though.

Or you could do Amanpulo in the same neighbourhood. Pure tropical idyll with a heavy touch of opulence. Privacy guaranteed.

1st Oct 2006, 20:58

2nd Oct 2006, 01:14
Alternatively, the Not-So-Good Samaritan Society recommends placing wet towels around the kitchen door & window jambs, opening the oven door and turning the gas up to Regulo Mk. 7 ...............:}