“ Europe's biggest camping only (no caravans) campsite, in Llanbedr, Wales. „
Shell Island is a great holiday destination for families. Its one of the largest campsites in europe boasting a massive 450 acres and 300 acres for camping. Its tents and camper vans only on here and does not allow caravans on the site.
Shell Island isn't a true island as when the tide comes in it cuts it off from the mainland. So you have to be careful and make sure you know the times for when the tide is in or out.
This truelly is a magical place for children as they can wonder off playing in the massive sand dunes and on the beach also a play ground at the front of the site. You can even go crabbing once the tide has gone. You'll be amazed at what you might find. The beach is very tricky to get to in parts as the sand dunes stand between you and the sea. They are very hard to climb if your as old as me haha. Parts of the dunes are caked in glass,broken bottles and rusty cans and the odd jelly fish so be careful where you place your feet and always wear sandals/flip flops.
There are lots of different types of shells on the beach if you want to take a souvenir home with you. Besides that the coast is very beautiful and you can watch people doing water sports such as fishing and power kiting with a surf board.
Memories of when I was a kid came rushing back when I used to go camping with my family.
Dogs are welcome but are restricted to certain areas of the campsite.
You are allowed to have a camp fire as long as it is off the ground (eg a wood burner).
There is plenty to do in nearby barmouth which is beautiful and unspoilt. There are plenty of little shops, arcades and the views are just breath taking! Its a very special place.
Security also comes around at night to make sure you are behaving and to keep the noise down after a certain time. Also you are required to wear a wrist band for security reasons so they know you have paid.
There is a pub on the island called the tavern which opened in 1977. Its not great but the beer is quite cheap setting you back around £2.40 per pint. They have flat screen TV's so you'll never miss a footie match.
Also to keep the kids entertained is a little arcade which is to the back of the pub which boasts pool tables and your typical arcade games. You can also purchase beer and wine to take away with you but this is quite expensive to do so make sure you take plenty with you (most important thing) haha.
There is a snack bar next to the pub where you can buy chips and big breakkues etc.
There are three shops on site. A gift shop,camping and leisure shop and the shell island supermarket.
The gift shop sells you usual gifts and toys for children such as buckets and spades beach wear and ice cream which are great but still a bit pricey.
The camping and leisure shop sell camping equiptment such as knifes,pegs,burning wood and clothes. The list just goes on and on.
The supermarket sells your usual foods and sweets etc.
The only thing that ruined the holiday was the sheer lack of facilities such as the showers. There is only one block with about 8 showers in and it takes ages for the que to go down.
There was one main block of toilets to and they had those horrible smelly chemical loos dotted around the place.
Prices are as follows
Adults - March,June,September and October £6.00 per night Weeky £35.00.
Child - March,June,September and October £2.50 per night Weekly £15.00
Adults - July and August £7.00 per night Weekly £40.00
Children - July and August £3.00 per night Weekly £18.00
Dogs - £2.00 per night (Max of Two dogs) which I don't understand as they don't use the facilities provide.
Boats and trailers - £5.00 per night £30 weekly.
Unoccupied tents £25.00 per night.
The address as follows -
Mochras, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45 2PJ
Put the address in your satnav and you can't go wrong.