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Looe Island camping

Looe Island Camping

A three-night camping trip on Looe Island Nature Reserve, just a short hop from Looe, is a much sought after experience that pays back to those that look after this special place – the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Days are spent watching sunrise and sunset, the comings and goings of the gulls and by the time you leave you’ll know the names of every seal in the island’s colony.

Location: centre of Looe Island

Campsite facilities: a private bell-tent for 2 adults and 2 children with mattresses; two ring camping stove; BBQ; cooking equipment; cooled box; compost loos; sink; bottled water provided; no electricity; bring your own bedding

Dog friendly: No

Local facilities: all available in Looe before you arrive. Bring own food and drink

Getting to Looe Island Campsite: Small passenger boat, the Moonraker, departs near RNLI Lifeboat Station, East Looe. Departs 2-3 hours either side of high tide, weather permitting. Sign up for on noticeboard on Buller Quay the night before travel.

Don’t miss: walking Looe Island’s coast path to see all of the highlights of the island.

The full route is described in the guidebook, ‘Islandeering: adventures around the edge of Britain’s hidden islands‘.

Nearby islands: whilst you are there, there’s a lot more to explore, check them out here 

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