Shell Island, Gywnedd

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  1. Craig Rogers

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    After looking at the weather forecast, we are probably going to ditch Skeggy on the weekend and head to the warmer climates.

    Quite fancy the Welsh coast and in particular Shell Island.

    I've read mixed reviews, but it seems if you find the right place to pitch then it's a cracking (almost) wild camp (there is no EHU).

    So, has anyone been, if so any tips on the best place to pitch?
     
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    Hope Snowbird see's this its one of his favorite haunts.
     
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    Been there 3 times never pitched the same place twice. Just have a drive around and stop when you get a view you like:Smile:
     
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    One of my favourites too

    First went there in the 60s when there was nothing but sand and water points. Now it's the biggest site in Europe - over 800 pitches but still good. Find a little spot by the sea, there are several little beaches taking about 3 or 4 units, and stay there. Lots of places to walk, and lots of great sunsets - here's one in 2007, on my first ever trip in a friend's campervan, which prompted me to buy my own! There is no EHU, right, and it can get busy at weekends when they come up en masse from Stafford and Brum, but I love it. Have a great time, the weather is looking good!

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    As said previously drive around until you find your preferred spot. No EHU but they do have shower blocks (which were very clean last time I was there) Shop, Bar & Restaurant. Not a bad place for safe cycling. Small harbour at the end of the 'island'. Excellent views of Harlech castle. Good walks for all the family. Can be a bit noisy with youngsters in tents but we've all been young once. A good site for the money. If the weather is good a fantastic place - weather bad I find it a bit boring.

    Not sure of your age but they do a discount for older campers.
     
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    Shell Island - my old teenage camping haunt in the 70s. Must go back there in the MH some time. Have they still got those old stone-built toilet blocks? There used to be a notice hand-painted on each toilet door that said 'Please leave this toilet clean as others wish to use it', and some wag always used to scratch out the u of 'use' and replace the e with in h. Oh how we laughed.

    I'm old enough to remember when they got sophisticated and built the bar in the main building, some time around 1976-77.

    If you want quiet head off towards the line of dunes at the southern end - can you still wander among them or are they fenced off now? Splendid isolation.
     
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    Great stuff! Thanks all, that's it then minds made up and we are off on Friday for 2 nights! :thumb:
     
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    My favourite pitch is just opposite the shower block, on top of the hill. Best sunsets in Europe and if your lucky you can watch the dolfins cruising up and down the bay. As said weekends can be noisy with youngsters.
     
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    .....hmm, here's my review of Shell Island.......


    Glanllyn Campsite at Lake Bala was lovely, need I say anymore?
     
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    Oh dear! That good, huh? Did your wheels actually stop turning there? :Laughing:
     
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    We stayed Friday night, but only because it was already getting a bit late to move on.

    A friend has just mentioned that it has the nickname Shellsuit Island, which at first I laughed at, then realised it's an apt name! :Rofl1:
     
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    I just think this is the state the UK is in unfortunatly. There are more and more, let's say "less desirable" people and when the weather's good, they head for the coast.

    That being said, staying inland and going to a lake location normally doesn't compute in their unintelligent booze/drug fuelled brains, so places like Laka Bala are such a contrast.
     
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    Sorry you didn't like it!

    But all my experiences of Shell Island have been good! You were probably unlucky because of the excellent weather!
     
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    I dont normaly go over the weekend as its too busy. Best time is Monday to Friday. They have always had good security and if any problems they do bite. It obviously attracts the younger generation as its cheap but I can say with all honesty I have never had a problem there or seen a shell suit for 20 years.
     
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