This year has seen a surge in interest in camping holidays with people wanting to stay in their own space, travel in their own vehicle and bring their pet. Travelling by ferry gives you the opportunity to go further and explore more. With help from the Caravanning & Motorhome Club, The Camping & Caravanning Club and local tourist boards, we’ve put together our top picks for camping getaways by ferry.
Staying in official campsites gives you access to proper facilities and it helps protect the local environment that you are there to enjoy. Remember to always travel responsibly.
At the time of writing all destinations in the Common Travel Area (Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Isles) were open to fully vacccinated Brits, though entry requirements for children accompanying fully vaccinated parents vary. Please check with the destination for the latest entry requirements.
Isle of Wight
The Caravan and Motorhome Club Southland campsite is a large open site, with the grass pitches separated by hedging. There`s a large children’s playground, a good dog walking area and it`s close to all the attractions the Isle of Wight has to offer. This is a very popular site so make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment.
London? By ferry? You’re thinking I don’t need to take the ferry to get to London, unless of course you’re coming from the island of Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. But once you’re in London and you want to see the sights the best way to get around is by Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ River Bus service, stopping at 23 piers from Woolwich in the East to Putney in the West.
Abbey Wood Caravan Club Site is a green oasis in south-east London close to the attractions of Greenwich and the River Thames. A 20-minute bus ride brings you to Woolwich Pier, where you can catch Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ service to central London and see the sights from the river. Open year-round there are pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes as well as pods available to rent.
Chertsey Camping & Caravanning Club Site is located in the Surrey countryside on the banks of the River Thames, near to Thorpe Park theme park. It’s also just a 50 min train journey into Waterloo Station in Central London, from where you can enjoy everything that London has to offer.
Skye Camping & Caravanning Club Site is an excellent base to explore Skye’s scenery, castles and thriving food scene. For those who want to experience the island’s rugged scenery and wildlife in tranquillity look no further than the Skye Club site, which boasts views over the stunning Loch Greshornish. For those who want a more luxury experience pods and yurts are also available to rent for a minimum of two nights.
Carradale Bay Caravan Site, Argyll & Bute is an ideal base for island hopping around Scotland’s islands and peninsulas. This off-the-beaten track campsite offers stunning views over the sea and a backdrop of the Isle of Arran. With easy access to water sports, safe bathing, horse-riding, fishing, hiking and cycling there are lots of activities for everyone to enjoy, and for those who prefer to relax on holiday, you can just sit back and enjoy the view.
Drumaheglis Marina Caravan Park is on the banks of the River Bann with one of the few access points to the river so perfect for fishing, sailing, or canoeing. Plus, you`ll be close to `Game of Thrones` territory so can explore the Dark Hedges, Cushendun Caves, Ballintoy Harbour or Downhill Beach to spot your favourite locations from the series. Alternatively, just head to Bushmills to sample whiskey at the oldest distillery in the world or to the World Heritage site of the Giants Causeway.
Delamont Country Park Club Site – The campsite sits adjacent to the stunning Delamont Country Park in a peaceful, rural location, with easy access to the scenic Mourne Mountains and Strangford Lough. The pretty town of Killyleagh with its own ‘fairytale’ castle and a selection of shops and restaurants is just over a mile from the campsite.
A great base for walking, the park is perfect for family picnics, barbecues, and games with specially designated areas.
On the campsite you’ll find Ireland’s only fresh-air gym, an outdoor adventure playground, miniature railway and heronry.
Republic of Ireland
Nagles Doolin is a lovely site on the Wild Atlantic Way with all the usual amenities you’d expect to find in a good campsite but with the highlight being the stunning views of the Cliffs of Moher directly from your pitch. The dramatic Cliffs of Moher coastal walking trail by the site is not for the faint hearted and is a challenge for experienced walkers.
Isle of Man
If you wish to bring your caravan or motorhome to the Isle of Man you will be required to apply for a permit from the Isle of Man Department of Infrastructure.
Glenlough Campsite is just 3 miles away from Douglas and on the Manx Heritage trail, an easy cycle route from Douglas to Peel along an old railway track. This campsite is located in a peaceful setting with views of the surrounding countryside and is open to tents, touring vans and glampers, with pods available to rent.
You can bring your caravan or motorhome to Guernsey as long as it complies with the Bailiwick’s conditions, which can be found here.
Fauxquets Valley Campsite is located in the centre of Guernsey, making it a great base to explore the island. With a heated outdoor swimming pool, children’s play area, farm animals, and barbecue and pizza nights this friendly campsite is a great option for a family holiday. Log cabins and safari tents are also available for hire.
To bring your caravan, campervan or motorhome to Jersey you must have a permit which the campsite you wish to stay at will arrange for you. There are restrictions on the size of motorhomes and caravans accepted, further information can be found here.
Rozel Camping Park is located in the North East of the island, near to the beach and has beautiful views across to the islands of Les Ecréhous and France. The campsite is family-run and has a small outdoor pool, wifi and crazy golf. Restaurants and bars are a short walk away.