Shell Island, Mid Wales

Shell Island Mid Wales UK

Shell Island Mid Wales UK

Shell Island Mid Wales UK

Shell Island Mid Wales UKShell Island Mid Wales UK

Shell Island Mid Wales UK

Shell Island Mid Wales UK

Shell Island Mid Wales UK

Shell Island, also known as Mochras, is a peninsula lying west of Llanbedr  in Gwynedd, Wales. it was formed after the River Artro was diverted by the Earl of Winchelsey in 1819 from its previous course where it entered the sea to the south of Shell Island.

Shell Island has a popular camp site which offers the opportunity to practise *wild camping* with camp fires being allowed on the beach, and raised contained fires and barbecues across the site. It has stunning views of the unspoilt Welsh countryside – including  Cardigan Bay  & the  Snowdonia National Park  – and is one of Europe’s largest camp sites. Don’t let that put you off though, we arrived just before the August bank holiday and were lucky to pitch up in a simply stunning spot right by a cliff with fab views across the beach. Facilities are adequate but, depending on where you have chosen to pitch up, can be a little far to get to [the site has over 450 acres, of which 300 acres are available for camping].  A limited number of pitches is available to book online each day, once these are gone they then work on a first come first served basis and they do not allocate pitches, i.e. you find your own [and leave a 20m gap to your fellow campers]. Caravans are not allowed on site yet motorhomes and vans are. There are no hook-up facilities but if wild camping is your thing then it’s definitely worth a visit.

This was our first trip in the van [and it hadn’t even been converted so all we had was a single mattress on the floor and the awning….]. We paid £7.25 each (the dogs were free) and enjoyed it very much. Would we go back? Absolutely!

4 thoughts on “Shell Island, Mid Wales

  1. We are thinking of trying the campsite at Shell Island this year. The area looks stunning. We might even take the bikes :)

    • I would defo recommend. It can get a little busy in high season but the kids & the little one will love it, I’m sure ^_^ You are allowed open fires and there’s loads to see and do in the area [we mainly did the dog walking thing]. There’s a shop, a pub/restaurant and kiddy entertainment on site [a little main stream but you don’t have to go if you don’t like it] and the wash block [although MASSIVE] is pretty clean and doable. I am a little bias as we were really lucky with our pitch and the weather was fabulous. Also – what’s more exciting than your first long awaited trip in the van. But yes – would defo recommend. Not for a quiet weekend away though, ha ^_^

      • It never is quiet when taking kids and dogs though, regardless of other people around you! :)

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