Camping on the Islands of Guernsey is a unique experience. With scenic spots and unbeatable views, not to mention a range of choices on four different Islands, camping or glamping on our Islands lets you explore at your own pace and embrace some adventure.
To make your camping experience even easier, we’ve listed everything you need to know before you get here; from where to camp on the Islands of Guernsey and how to transport your equipment, to where to stock up on essentials and the best ways to travel around while you're here.
Getting to Guernsey with camping equipment
With Aurigny, camping equipment and any other awkwardly proportioned or fragile equipment may be carried, subject to the availability of space. If your equipment takes you over your baggage allowance, 23kg per person, there is a Sporting Goods charge.
On Condor, larger items such as camping equipment can be carried but will incur an excess baggage fee of £30 per item. You can bring your campervan or motorhome to Guernsey on Condor, make sure you are comfortable driving it down our smaller lanes and understand the rules before travelling.
You can transport your camping equipment to our other Islands, just make sure you mention what you’re bringing at the time of booking so assistance and adequate preparations can be made. When travelling to Herm, a porterage service is available to take your gear from the boat to your accommodation - but be prepared to take your kit from the boat to the designated drop of zone, which can be at the top of Rosaire Steps.
Camping and Glamping Sites
Where to camp in Guernsey
WildGuernsey is a family-run secluded retreat on the southwest coast. The bespoke tents each have a private space and kitchen.
With shepherd huts to stay in and places to park your campervan, staying at Beaucette Marina offers spectacular views as well as great camping facilities. There are shower and laundry facilities and an on-site restaurant, Saltwater, that serves delicious food for lunch and dinner. There is a bus stop 8 minutes from the campsite as well as a free car park. Pets are welcome.
The Fauxquets Valley Campsite is in the heart of Guernsey, a great base from which to explore. On-site, you will find a pool, shop, children’s playground, games room, woodfire pizza oven and paddocks with friendly animals, such as sheep and pigs.
A sheltered 17 acre campsite with a campfire area is available to book all year round. The campsite can be available with a ready-prepared standing camp. From archery and climbing to kayaking and cooking, they also offer activities for everyone to enjoy, teaming up with Outdoor Guernsey to provide a team of fully qualified staff.
Privately owned and operated for over 50 years, La Baillorterie has recently been upgraded. The new facility block contains separate showers and toilets, a shop and café/lounge with wi-fi and TV, together with a balcony and outdoor area overlooking the playground. The site has space for your own pitch and has glamping tents, camping pods and camping cabins available for hire. Motorhomes are also welcome.
Set amongst the grounds of an 18th-century Guernsey farmhouse, Le Vaugrat Campsite provides an excellent base to discover Guernsey. Hire tents are available, as are 10-amp electric hook-ups for tents, motorhomes and caravans. Situated on the northwest coast of Guernsey and close to bus routes, the site allows for easy access to the whole island.
Nestled just a short walk from Guernsey's exquisite west coast beaches, this award-winning, eco-friendly retreat offers luxurious Shepherd Huts and spacious Safari Tents. All units are ensuite, have breathtaking sunset sea views, enclosed gardens and are strategically positioned for privacy. There is a communal outdoor kitchen, children's play area, and indoor games room.
Where to camp in Alderney
Recently refurbished to a high standard with a new bathroom block, dry room and children's play area, Saye Beach Campsite is found by the beautiful Saye Beach and is close to Mannez Lighthouse and the 9-hole Alderney Golf Course. It offers a well-stocked shop with teas, coffees, ice creams and beach goods and a picnic area. Tents are available for hire or you can pitch your own tent. The hired tents sleep up to 6 people and come fully equipped with inflatable mattresses and all of the amenities needed to cook, so all you need are sleeping bags, available to hire at the campsite. Well-behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.
Where to camp in Sark
Glamping at Clos a Jaon has Lotus Belle Stargazer tents that accommodate up to six people and are equipped with electricity, internal lighting, beds, beanbags, a fridge, a kettle, towels and linen. You'll also have access to your own barbecue area and a large communal area.
Pomme de Chien is a family-run campsite with a newly built shower block, just a short journey from the shops and bays. Hire one of the fully equipped tents or take your own.
The circular 5m Bell Tent accommodates up to 4 people. Amenities include an electric shower block, sink and dishwashing facilities, BBQ coal, firelighters, cooking utensils, crockery and a cool box. Guests can organise luggage carting to and from the Glamping site with Jimmy's Carting or Island Deliveries. Please note that the carting cost is charged to the owners, there is an honesty box at the site for this purpose.
La Valette Campsite is situated on the east coast of the island with fabulous views towards Alderney and France. It is a family campsite where children and adults alike can enjoy a break. There is a modern purpose-built shower block offering heated showers, cubicle washrooms with shaver points and a dishwashing sink. You can hire one of the fully equipped tents, so all you need to bring are sleeping bags.
Where to camp in Herm
Camping is a wonderful way to enjoy Herm. The Seagull site, with spectacular views, is just minutes from the cliff path leading to Belvoir Bay and offers equipped tents and there are several seasonal pitches in Seagull and Moss Field. You will need to bring your own camping gear, but there is a tractor that can transport your things - just make sure you label your bags!
Click here for a full list of accommodation options.
Where to Eat
When camping on our Islands, you’ll need find excellent places to eat and plenty of supermarkets, shops and independent vendors selling supplies to cook on the campfire. It’s also a great opportunity to discover local produce, seafood and sweet treats. Below are some of the most popular local food and produce sellers to help you find your way.
Self-Catering Supplies - Guernsey
The Guernsey Weigh, located in the Market Buildings, has come up with a modern and sustainable concept to celebrate the old market. They are passionate about being plastic-free and source locally wherever they can. The entire store is zero waste, so be sure to take bags and containers with you.
Guernsey has a wide range of local butchers, scattered all over the Island, who use the best quality, locally sourced meat, perfect for a barbecue or campfire roast. These include Surf & Turf, Country Butchers, Perelle Butchery and Cobo Butchers, to name a few.
Operating since 1959, Forest Stores is an independent food retailer selling a wide range of items, including fresh produce such as bread, fish and meat and fruit and vegetables, supporting local producers wherever they can.
Hansa stocks whole foods, healthy treats, vegan goodies and basic dry organic foods, including dried fruit, nuts, seeds, rice, pasta and cereal. In addition to this, you will find essential oils and natural hygiene products such as fluoride-free toothpaste, skin creams and shampoo.
COOK was founded in 1997 and provides frozen meals perfect for when you fancy a night off cooking. They have a huge variety of meals available, from single portions to family-sized feasts. Their delivery service allows you to order online up to seven days in advance and receive your meals straight to your door.
Manor Farm Foods is a Guernsey-owned and operated wholesale business supplying all sectors of the hospitality, food and catering industry. They deliver to their wide range of customers 6 days a week. Simply look online, download their app or phone 01481 727590 to place your order.
Hedge Veg Stalls
If you spend any time at all wandering the lanes of Guernsey or Alderney, it won't be long until you happen upon a hedge veg stall, a unique and charming staple of our Island life where islanders sell their homegrown produce, such as tomatoes and potatoes, homemade baked goods, crafts, candles and more. Read more about Hedge Veg here.
If you're looking for fresh fruit and veg to make a nourishing meal, look no further than Joe's Fresh Veg, offering home deliveries of some of the best fresh fruits and vegetables on Island.
The Crab Cabin is a locally owned business selling fresh, locally caught crab and other shellfish. We'd recommend visiting in the morning, as the crab is sold on a first-come, first-served basis and they only sell what was caught that day.
A1 Crab Suppliers is a wholesale business that supplies some of Guernsey's most popular restaurants and cafes with fresh local crab either whole or ready-picked. With crabs and other shellfish available, and platters ready-made, just call 07781 165259 to discuss your needs.
Self-Catering Supplies - Alderney
The Alderney Farm Shop on Victoria Street is run by the island farmer Michael Cox and his family. They are an official stockist of Waitrose and, in addition to everyday essentials, the shop has a wide selection of fresh local produce, including their own Kiln Farm reared beef and dairy produce, fresh seasonal fish and island-grown vegetables. They also have their own in-house cooks who produce freshly made soups, pies, salads and coleslaws every day along with fresh bread, hot pasties, muffins and other bakery delights. They offer home delivery 6 days a week (Monday - Saturday).
Jean's Stores on Braye Street, close to the harbour, is the sister shop to the Alderney Farm Shop, run by the Cox Family. They are also an official Waitrose stockist and stock a lot of the freshly made produce from the Farm Shop. They offer home delivery 6 days a week (Monday - Saturday).
McAllister’s Fish Shop
McAllister's is a family business who have been selling locally caught fish for over 35 years. Their fish counter boasts an impressive display of seasonal fish and shellfish. The daily catch is processed immediately upon arrival to ensure the highest quality and they also supply wholesale products, frozen food, confectionery and tinned, packaged and dry goods.
Le Cocq's Le Huret store stocks a wide range of groceries, including fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen food, food-to-go and daily baked bread and croissants. There is a delicatessen counter where you can buy freshly filled rolls, cheeses, cut meats and olives and the fish counter has a large selection of fresh, locally supplied fish. They can deliver your shopping after 1pm and can arrange groceries for holidaymakers.
Le Cocq's Freezer Centre has lots of frozen products as well as general groceries and fresh fruit and vegetables. They also offer food-to-go, including ‘Bake & Bite’ from their hot food unit. They can deliver your shopping after 1pm and can arrange groceries for holidaymakers.
Self-Catering Supplies - Sark
For all of your essentials, Food Stop, located in the middle of The Avenue, is the Island’s largest premium food supplier and an official Waitrose stockist. Grocery orders can be arranged before your arrival with three days' notice, with deliveries on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Mon Plaisir is a family-owned store stocking Iceland products, situated opposite the Methodist Chapel. It sells a variety of food and household products, including freshly caught mackerel, lobsters and other fish as well as local beef and lamb and homemade cakes and scones. Orders can be arranged with three days' notice and they deliver every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The Sark Yard on the Avenue is a shop and deli selling everything from freshly baked cakes, chutneys and jams, to packaged dry foods, jewellery and clothes. You can sit in for a coffee and freshly baked cake at the deli or take your goods away with you.
Internationally renowned Caragh Chocolates sells a wide range of hand-made chocolates, as well as ganaches, truffles, pralines and manons, perfect for picking up something sweet. The rich cream is sourced locally and the chocolates are handmade on site. The chocolate kitchen, shop and tea room and garden is just up from Maseline Harbour.
Self-Catering Supplies - Herm
The Herm Shop
Other than the restaurants on Herm, it is recommended that you bring your own food if you are wanting to cook in the evening or want options for snacks, breakfast and lunch. However, the Herm Shop does have a range of treats and drinks available.
Restaurants on our Islands
Guernsey has a well-renowned gastronomic reputation. From coastal restaurants with amazing views like The Rockmount and La Reunion, to establishments situated right in the centre of town, like Red and The Hook, there is something for all tastes and dietary requirements.
Herm might be small, but it offers quality food from The Mermaid Tavern, The Conservatory Restaurant in the White House Hotel and The Ship Inn, not to mention their beach cafés, which are well stocked for all you need for a day at the beach.
For a full list of restaurants, click here.
Takeaways in Guernsey, Alderney and Sark
If you fancy staying in for an evening, Guernsey has a local takeaway delivery website and app, food.gg, which has a list of local establishments, organised by type of food, that offer delivery to your door. You can order from your phone, allowing you the night off to relax and spend time with loved ones.
Take a look at this blog to find out more about our takeaway options.
Chip Shops on Guernsey and Alderney
Take a trip to the coast and visit one of our fish and chip shops. Within just a few minutes of ordering, you can be sat on the beach or sea wall enjoying this Island classic. You can find Forest Chip Inn, The Chip Inn, Northside Fish and Chip Bar, Cobo Chippy, Beetons Barista and Bites and L’Islet Fish and Chips on Guernsey and Braye Chippy on Alderney, meaning that no matter where you are, you can easily find this quick and tasty dinner option.
Beach Barbecues on our Islands
For a change from classic campsite cooking, head to the beach for your evening meal. Multiple places sell portable barbecues that you can take onto the sand. Please note that Guernsey law permits barbecues after 6pm on any of the north and west coast beaches. It is also advisable to mark the sand around your barbecue, preferably with stones or your beach equipment so it is noticeable, as the sand directly under barbecues gets very hot and remains scolding for quite a long time even after the barbecue is removed.
Discover our favourite beach barbecue spots here.
Travelling around the Islands of Guernsey
There are many different ways to travel around our Islands that allow you to explore all that they have to offer. From walking and cycling to cars and public transport, there are a wide range of options.
Getting around Guernsey and Alderney by car gives you the flexibility to discover them at your own pace. (Both Sark and Herm are carfree). There are a range of options when looking for car hire on Guernsey, whether it’s for two people or the whole family, with most hire car companies conveniently located at or near the airport. On Alderney, Braye Car Hire is a family-run business with a large range of vehicles available for hire, whatever your needs, including automatics and estate cars.
Remember the maximum speed is 35mph and parking is free, just look out for how long you are permitted to park for and put your clock card up with your arrival time.
Guernsey has a regulated, licensed taxi service. Taxi ranks are available at the airport, as well as The Bridge (St Sampson) and St Peter Port.
Alderney has three regulated, licensed taxi services, A1 Taxis, Bill's Taxis and Michelle's Taxi. The taxi rank at the airport has dedicated taxi phone lines.
We highly recommend booking your taxis in advance wherever possible, especially if you are planning to travel early in the morning or in the evening when demand is highest.
You can also download the Guernsey Taxi App, which lets you book taxis at a moment's notice. Simply pop in your information, location and where you want to go and an available driver will accept your booking. Sometimes you may have to wait a few minutes for a driver to become available, but it is an easy way to get a taxi if you have not pre-booked and are not near one of our taxi ranks.
For those distances that are too far to walk or cycle, Guernsey has a network of accessible public transport that makes it easy to explore the Island. Whether you are travelling to historic sites, beaches or into town, all major attractions are just a short bus ride away.
Guernsey’s bus service has recently launched a brand-new app that makes journeys even easier. The new app has an array of features, including journey planning, live bus positions, bus stop information, bus Loading information, user-saved bus stops, school bus routes and buses and links to diversion information. All of this will make travelling around Guernsey and visiting all that we have to offer on Island easy and accessible to all. The app can be found on the App and Google Play Stores. Just search buses.gg
Whether you are looking for a few hours of cycling fun or to hire a bike for several days, both are possible from a range of different retailers. You can hire bikes from Go Guernsey and Adventure Cycles on Guernsey, A to B Cycles, Avenue Cycles and Bam’s Bikes on Sark and from Cycle and Surf on Alderney. There are a wide range of bikes to suit everyone’s needs, from mountain and electric bikes for adults, to bikes for kids, with tag-a-longs, tandems, trailers and child seats all available.
The ‘Toast-Rack’ Tractor on Sark
When you arrive in Sark, you are greeted by Harbour Hill, a steep hill that takes you from the harbour to the village. There is a pleasant woodland footpath that runs parallel to the hill. If you don’t fancy the walk, the ‘toast-rack’ tractor, an open-sided tractor-drawn trailer, meets all scheduled boat services. For a small charge you will be transported to the village, just remember to have cash on you. If you have luggage, this will travel separately and is taken care of by the team of local carters, which is why it is important to have all luggage and camping gear labelled with names and accommodation details.
Horse and Carriages on Sark
Another popular way to see Sark is by horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy the sights and learn about the Island’s history. Carriages vary in size and you can book a tour or a private carriage ride. Some carriages work as a taxi service; just approach them and ask if they are available to take you where you want to go.
There are three different local carriage tour operators; Sark Carriages, the oldest established carriage company on Sark, Danny Wakley Carriage Tours, and Stocks Hotel Carriages, offering carriages directly from Stocks Hotel.
Travelling around Herm
Herm is completely car-free, the only means of transport around the Island being by foot.