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Everything You Need To Know About Camping In Anglesey

Hitting the road in your motorhome is a great way to holiday – not only do you get to experience the best that the great outdoors has to offer, but you also get to take it all in at your own pace. 

Camping in Anglesey is a must for any caravan and motorhome owner who is looking to get away from it all and experience one of the UK’s most Outstanding Areas of Natural Beauty. The island literally has something for everyone, from breath-taking landscapes and stunning coastal walks to picturesque villages that are crammed with history and set alongside beautiful beaches.

 

Where is Anglesey?

Sitting just off the northwest coast of Wales, separated from the mainland by the Menai Straight and accessible by air, land and sea, Anglesey is surrounded by dramatic clifftops and golden sands, and home to beautiful countryside and picturesque villages. It also houses some wonderful caravan sites and wild camping areas, making it the ideal destination for anyone with a caravan or motorhome.

 

How to get to Anglesey

The simplest way to get to Anglesey from the mainland is to drive your motorhome or caravan across one of the island’s two iconic bridges. If you’re driving in from the south or east, you’ll most likely take either the A487 or A5 into Wales, and merge with the North Wales expressway which will then take you over the Britannia Bridge and into Anglesey. If you’re driving from the north, then you’ll go along the A5 (Holyhead Road) before taking the Menai Bridge across to the island.

If you’re arriving by boat, you’ll dock at Holyhead, which is on the other side of the island to the two bridges. Once on the island, the A55 is the main arterial road, which runs through from Holyhead to the Britannia Bridge.

 

What campsites are available in Anglesey?

As with much of North Wales, Anglesey is awash with campsites and touring caravan sites, so there’s something for all preferences and all budgets. Here are six of the best caravan sites Anglesey has to offer:

 

  1. Penrhyn Bay Caravan Park

Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this family and pet-friendly coastal caravan park has direct access to a large sandy beach with spectacular views out to sea, and on-site facilities including a games room, swimming pool, a shop, laundry, showers and internet access. Its spacious pitches are flat and provide enough room for both your caravan and car, and are complete with water and electric hook-ups.

 

  1. Tai Hirion Farm

A few miles from beautiful Red Wharf Bay and the sandy beaches and just 10 minutes from the Britannia Bridge, Tai Hirion Farm sits in a wonderfully picturesque spot just opposite its working dairy farm, and with panoramic views of Snowdonia’s mountains. Family and pet-friendly, this peaceful site has fully serviced pitches for 20 caravans or motorhomes, complete with water and electricity hook-ups as well as internet access.

 

  1. Bryn Ednyfed Caravan Site

If you want somewhere to take the family pet, but not the kids, this adults-only and dog-friendly provides easy access to the A55. A peaceful site set in beautiful open countryside and with well-lit facilities, Bryn Ednyfed provides fifteen well laid out hardstanding and five grass touring caravan and motorhome pitches, with electric and water hook-ups.

 

  1. Pen-y-Llyn Touring Caravan & Motorhome Park

Another adult-only, but dog-friendly caravan park, Pen-y-Llyn Touring Caravan & Motorhome Park is ideal for couples or older families who want a quiet getaway without the hustle and bustle that can come with more family-oriented campsites. The site offers two fully-enclosed dog walking areas, a bistro restaurant, free high-speed wifi that’s suitable for streaming, and the beautiful sandy beach and dunes of Cymyran Beach is just a short walk away. The site also has a shop and laundry facilities, and pitches come with water and electric hook-ups.

 

  1. Pen y Bont Caravan and Camping Site

No trip to Anglesey is complete without spending the day at Trearddur Bay – and Pen y Bont Caravan and Camping Site offer the perfect base to do just that. This family and pet-friendly site is afforded some of the island’s most spectacular coastal and mountain views, and its well-spaced grass and hardstanding pitches come with electric hook-up. Although other on-site facilities are quite limited, there are loads of cafes, pubs and restaurants in the village’s surrounding areas.

 

  1. White Lodge Caravan Park

Set close to Llanddwyn Beach, against the backdrop of Snowdonia’s mountains, and just over a mile away from beautiful Newborough Forest, this family-run and family-friendly campsite is perfect for a peaceful family holiday. The sites grass pitches come complete with electric hook-up and are sheltered by tall conifer trees. The site also has a café and restaurant, shower and toilet facilities, a games room, and offers access to water sports. And you’ll want to be there to see the sun rise over Snowdon as well as the sun set behind Caernarfon.

 

Is wild camping available in Anglesey?

 

If you fancy getting off the beaten track and doing a bit of wild camping, Anglesey is an ideal destination. If you want to simply drop-where-you-stop there are any number of places around the island where you can park up for the night without worrying about being disturbed.

 

If you decide to pitch up in one of the island’s many car parks, keep an eye out for the overnight charges – although some don’t have signs that explicitly say “No overnight camping”, some do have prohibitive overnight parking rates, meaning you may as well try to find a fully-serviced campsites that at least offers an electric hook-up.

 

Find out more about wild camping.

What to do on a camping holiday in Anglesey

Whatever you want when caravanning or camping, Anglesey offers the lot. The picturesque seaside town of Beaumaris boasts great pubs and restaurants as well as the historic gaol and castle, or take the family on a trip up to Mars-like landscape at the top of the island to Amlwch ‘Copper Kingdom’, where the miners were already busy in the Bronze Age, perhaps 4,000 years ago. Aberlleinoig Castle is another of the island’s hidden gems.

Holidaying in Anglesey is really all about the beaches though, and a trip to Trearddur Bay is an absolute must. A beautiful sandy beach where you can sit and sunbathe, play beach games, swim in the calm waters, go crabbing in any of the seemingly infinite number of rock pools, or take part in all manner of water sports – Trearddur Bay offers it all. Alternatively, Benllech has a beautiful tidal beach, where the sand goes on for miles when the tide is out and is ideal for a relaxing afternoon.

 

Sunset view of Anglesey

How to make sure you’re fully insured for your caravan holiday in Anglesey

Whether you’re taking the boat across to one of its many wonderful campsites, or taking the A roads for a spot of wild camping in Anglesey, it’s vital to make sure you’re caravan, camper or motorhome is fully insured for the trip.

To find the right policy to suit your needs, give our insurance experts a call on 0800 0304 206 – our unrivalled choice of policies, is what makes 99.6% of Comfort Insurance’s customers say they’re happy with our service and would recommend us to a friend*.

*April 2014

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