An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

St Martin's camping

This is an island of sweeping award-winning white-sand beaches, rock pools and secluded swimming spots, a great bakery and one of our favourite pubs in the UK. St Martin’s campsite nestles amongst hedgerows and is only a few metres away from the soft white sands and crystal clear waters of the stunning ‘Campsite Beach’.

Location: Middletown, in the southwest of the island Lat/Long 49.965, -6.297

Campsite facilities: rated a 4 Star campsite; 8 toilets; 8 wash basins; 4 coin-operated showers (£1.00); coin-operated hair-dryers; baby-changing facilities; 2 washing up sinks; 2 washing machines, tumble dryer, a spin-dryer, two sinks for hand-washing and an iron/ironing board; free wifi; eggs, milk (UHT), BBQs, Campsite honey, Campsite marmalade, freshly baked croissants and pain au chocolat and seasonal vegetables are all available from the site; charging for electronic devices; lockers; 2 freezers for ice-packs; camping fuel and disposable BBQ’s. No hire of camping equipment.

Dog friendly: Yes (limit of 4 can be booked onto the site at any one time; no dogs during school holidays)

Local facilities: from a luxurious local lobster supper to a simple cream tea or a pasty picnic on the beach there’s a wide range of delicious foods, many of them sourced locally. ​Karma St. Martins Hotel,  Lowertown great for a beachside drink or snack; Seven Stones Inn, Lowertown, one of our favourites with real ale, quirky events and one of the best views from a pub lawn in the UK; the wonderful  Island Bakery, Highertown for freshly baked breads, pasties, savouries, cakes and takeaway pizzas; Adam’s Fish & Chips for fish caught from their boat and potatoes grown in their garden.

Getting to the campsite: There are two quays on St Martin’s. The Lowertown Quay (at Karma St Martin’s Hotel) is very close to the campsite, being only some 400m along the road and an easy 5 minute walk. Highertown Quay is rather more distant at about 1,500m with a fairly steep hill as soon as you leave the quay. If you have pre-booked luggage transport, Ben and Caroline from the campsite, will meet you upon arrival at the quay with a tractor and trailer. Whatever quay you arrive at, you’ll have to walk.

Don’t miss: St Martin’s coastal walk 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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