Back to Shell Island – Summer Camping Weekend 2023

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Jun 09

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Do as much or little as you like!

Join us as we revisit one of the most popular camp events on the OutdoorLads calendar.

Shell Island, located in North Wales between Harlech and Barmouth and boasting stunning views of the unspoilt Welsh countryside, including Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia National Park, Shell Island is one of Europe’s largest campsites.

Shell Island, known as Mochras locally, is a peninsula created in the early 1800's when the nearby River Artro was diverted from its original course (south of the island) to being above the island and so creating a watercourse effectively separating the island and the historic settlement that resided there.

The island itself is famous for (amazingly!) the number and variety of shells that wash up on its shores from the powerful tides of the Irish Sea.

What we do over the weekend will depend on the weather. Hopefully, the weather will be fine and there will be plenty of opportunity for walking, both along the coast and into the nearby Snowdonia National Park. And if it's really sunny there's a chance to go swimming in the sea or just leisurely stroll along the miles of golden sand. On Saturday evening we will aim to have a fire on the beach.

If the weather's not so good there are plenty of places to visit: Harlech Castle, the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog railways from Porthmadog, The Italianate style village of Portmeirion, or a spectacular rail journey along the coast to Machynlleth.


Well behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead at all times and owners must clean up after them. There is an additional charge of £5 per dog, payable direct to the venue on arrival in cash.


This site is not suitable for Caravans, but motorhomes and campervans are accepted.

Photos: Andrew Renshaw, Andrew Jackson, Kevin Tetley and Edward Foster and used by OutdoorLads with full permission. 

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