Camping Holidays In Channel Islands
The Channel Islands include the islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, Breqhou and Jethou, all located in the English Channel between France and the UK. Rich in history and very popular locations in which to live and holiday, these islands offer something entirely different and a relaxed pace of life.
Jersey is the largest of all the Channel Islands at 45 square miles, located only 100 miles south from mainland Britain. The island is the most southerly of all the British Isle offering stunning views and a wide variety of activities with excellent accommodation and fine dining, making it a great location for holiday-makers.
Travel To Jersey
The island of Jersey is very easily accessible by ferry or by plane with regular sailings from Dilette, St. Malo, Grainville in France and from Portsmouth, Poole, Weymouth and Guernsey. Jersey Airport has flight connections to multiple airports both in the UK including London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Southampton, Birmingham as well as to mainland Europe.
For keen sailors the island is conveniently located for those wishing to sail from either France of the South coast of England.
Camping in Jersey, Channel Islands
There are a variety of campsites available on the island and caravans as well as dogs are also permitted. The sites are only open during the summer season from May through to September and due to their popularity it is advisable to pre-book before travelling to the island. Camping is not permitted outside of designated campsite areas.
Beuvelande Campsite in Jersey
Beuvelande Campsite is the Channel Island’s only five pennent premier campsite located a short distance from Gorey Pier. Facilities include the following: disabled facilities, television/games room, shop, restaurant, cycle hire, heated pool, fully tiled washrooms, playground equipment and telephones.
Laundry facilities are also available with washing machines, tumble dryers and ironing boards. This site is ideal for children to play safely as there are wide open areas for them to cycle and play ball games.
Blue Soleil Campsite in Jersey
Another very popular local campsite is Blue Soleil which is situated on the attractive west coast of the island surrounded by spectacular beaches. Fully equipped tents are available to hire with bedrooms, kitchen and living areas.
There are excellent facilities on-site including:
- laundry facilities
- heated pool
- shower blocks
- cafe bar
- entertainment program (from April)
- games room
- television lounge.
As highlighted above, the Channel Island of Jersey is a fantastic location for those keen on camping or interested in experiencing an alternative way of holidaying. Each of the four campsites have excellent facilities with something to suit everyone from camping novices to fanatics.
Alderney is the most northerly located of all the Channel Islands and on a clear day its outline can be seen from the larger island of Guernsey. The island is also the closest of the islands to mainland Europe, situated only eight miles from the French coast. For holiday-makers there are multiple options available including hotels, guesthouse and camping.
Travel To Alderney by Plane or Ferry
The island of Alderney has its own airport with regular flights to Southampton, Dinard, Jersey and Guernsey. For those travelling from other parts of the UK, there are links between Guernsey and Manchester, Birmingham, Exeter, Bristol and Bournemouth. Guernsey is just as short fifteen minute island hop away with either Aurigny or Blue Islands.
Holiday-makers from France can reach Alderney direct by ferry from Dilette of from the UK ports of Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth via Guernsey.
Camping in Alderney
Alderney is a beautiful, idyllic destination for camping holidays, either for a short weekend break or a few week’s summer holiday. The best time to go is during Alderney Week, the local highlight of the year, with competitions, parades and plenty of activities on offer for families with children of all ages. The island has one campsite, situated in a lovely location at Saye Bay.
Saye Campsite in Alderney, Channel Islands
Saye Campsite is located in a stunning location just behind the sand dunes of Saye Bay with Corblets and Arch bays a short walk away. For those with a keen interest in gold, the campsite is only a ten minute walk away from Alderney Golf Club. The island’s centre of St. Anne is easily accessible by bike or one can also hire a car.
There are good facilities available at Saye Campsite including the following: heated showers, male and female toilet blocks, wash basins, hair dryer/shaver points, room for dish-washing, laundry service, cold water points and access to microwave cookers. In addition, the campsite has public telephones and its own shop where one may purchase essential supplies as well as snacks and confectionery.
As highlighted above, Alderney is a charming location for holiday-makers to experience a leisurely, relaxing break from the hectic pace of life on the mainland. Easily accessible by air or sea with beautiful scenery, campers are sure to enjoy this unique holiday destination.
In particular, the Isle of Sark is perfect for singles, couples and families with children alike, offering the opportunity to relax and escape the hectic pace of life on the Mainland. Sark is a great place to explore on foot, by bike or even in a horse and carriage. Accommodation on the island includes several award-winning hotels, guesthouses or campsites.
Travel To Sark
Unlike the larger Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney, Sark does not have its own airport so is only accessible by boat. Regular boat trips to the island are provided from both Jersey and Guernsey with the latter being a short 45 minute journey.
Jersey and Guernsey are easily accessible by plane from most UK airports and by ferry from France and England. For those with their own yacht or motorboat, Sark has public yellow buoy moorings for hire at Havre Gosselin and La Greve de la Vile. In addition, anchorages are free in many bays around the island.
Camping Holidays on The Isle of Sark
There are two campsites available on Sark including La Valette which is situated on the east coast of the island and Pomme de Chien. Both campsites offer great value for money and at a small charge one’s luggage is transported from the harbour to either site. Families with children of all ages are made very welcome and with the island being car-free it is a very safe place for youngsters to explore by bike or on foot.
La Valette Campsite on Sark, Channel Islands
La Valette Campsite offers pre-erected tents for hire where all one needs to bring is a sleeping bag and lighting. The campsite is in a great location with stunning views across to the island of Alderney and the French coast. La Valette is open all year round and just a short walk from the beach with modern facilities including toilets, heated shower block, cubicle washrooms, shaving points and a sink for dish-washing.
Ideal for families with children of all ages, the campsite has plenty of wide open spaces for playing games and prices per night are £7 for adults and £4 for children.
Pomme de Chien Campsite on Sark, Channel Islands
Pomme de Chien Campsite offers fully equipped tents during the summer season (May to September)and those with their own camping gear are able to camp all year round. The modern facilities on offer include free hot showers, wash basins, toilers and freezers. Dixcart beach is a short walk away as is the Avenue with its general stores, post office and other shops.
The campsite is very family-friendly with spectacular views of the valley and coast and requests that no noise be made after 11pm.
For complete novices or serious camping fanatics, Sark is an ideal location for camping, with the other Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey just a short boat trip away. It is important to book early to avoid disappointment as many visitors return year on year to this beautiful, unspoilt isle.
Travel To Herm, Channel Islands
Herm Island is only accessible by sea with regular sailings from Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands. One may also sail to Herm by one’s own boat, or charter a yacht from the islands of Jersey or Guernsey. Guernsey is easily accessible from the UK and Europe with regular flights and ferry services available.
Air links to Guernsey are provided by Blue Islands, Aurigny and Flybe and include connections to London Gatwick, London Stanstead, Manchester, Southampton, Bristol, Exeter, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Geneva, Zurich and Dinard. Regular fast ferry services operate between Guernsey and St. Malo, France as well as from Weymouth and Poole in the UK. However as cars are not permitted on Herm, it is possible to leave the car in St. Peter Port, the main town in Guernsey.
Camping on Herm Island
The Seagull Campsite located in the middle of Herm Island very popular accommodation choices for Guernsey residents and holiday-makers alike. Either for a weekend break or a longer family holiday, Herm is an affordable and spectacular location for those keen on camping. One may pre-order camping equipment as well as essential supplies which may be bought at the island shop located in Herm village next to the Mermaid Pub.
The Seagull Campsite on Herm, Channel Islands
The Seagull Campsite site offers spectacular view and is situated in the middle of the island, just a short stroll from the cliff path leading to the beautiful Belvoir Bay. There are a maximum of 80 pitches available and it is necessary to book early, especially in peak season. Excellent, modern facilities are available including showers and toilets and this family-friendly campsite also has its own warden on-site providing any necessary help or information.
For those who do not have their own camping gear, spacious, equipped tents are available to hire. Eating out is always an option if one doesn’t feel like cooking there are beach cafes at both Shell beach and Belvoir bay, fine dining at the White House Hotel and barbecue lunches at The Mermaid Tavern. Also,The Mermaid offers a good selection of pub meals and has both indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Camping on Herm Island is a truly unique and unforgettable experience, as once the last tourist boat departs back to Guernsey the island feels like one’s own private paradise. Seagull Campsite is perfect for families with children of all ages and it is simply wonderful waking up to the spectacular views across to the island of Sark and the French Coast.