Where will your beloved motorhome take you next? For those who like things a bit more exclusive than the UK mainland but not too far-flung, then heading to the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey is an option well worth considering.
Taking a motorhome to this part of the world takes a bit more planning than some other areas. In particular you can’t just turn up unannounced at a ferry port on mainland Britain and hope to hop on the next boat over.
To help you travel with confidence and make the most of your break, we’ve put together this guide on taking a motorhome trip to Jersey and Guernsey. Making things as simple and as affordable as possible is what we specialise in here at Motorhome Protect. That’s why we spend so long looking for the best motorhome insurance to suit all needs and budgets. We offer cover that includes the vehicle itself, as well as its contents, and ensures that your next trip is as stress-free and as enjoyable as possible.
Getting your motorhome to Jersey and Guernsey
Condor Ferries operates routes to Jersey and Guernsey from Poole and Portsmouth depending on the time of year. If you’re planning on including the Channel Islands as part of a French vacation, then you can also visit them from ports in Normandy.
However, in order to be allowed to travel to either of the two islands, you first need a motorhome entry permit. Full permit conditions can be viewed on the Jersey government website. For Guernsey more information can be found on the States of Guernsey website.
To get a permit you need to book your stay with one of the registered campsites on either of the islands. Once you’ve booked with them, they will arrange for you to obtain the permit. Be warned, Guernsey only allows limited numbers of motorhomes on the island at any one time, so permits can be in short supply.
You must display a permit sticker in your windscreen at all times while you’re touring the islands. If you plan on visiting both Jersey and Guernsey, then you’ll need separate permits.
Motorhomes are limited to a maximum stay of one month and you must return to your chosen campsite each night. So, no wild camping escapades here!
The details of the registered campsites on Jersey are:
- Beuvelande Campsite - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01534 853575
- Rozel Camping Park - email email@example.com or call 01534 855200
- Daisy Cottage Retreat - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01534 481700
- Hideaway Stopover - email email@example.com or call 01534 759082
- Jersey Activity Centre - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01534 498636
The details of the registered campsites on Guernsey are:
- Le Vaugrat Campsite - email email@example.com or call 01481 257468
- Beaucette Marina - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01481 245000
- Fauxquets Valley Campsite - email email@example.com or call 01481 255460
- La Bailloterie Camping - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01481 243636
Something to be very aware of are the regulations about the size of motorhomes allowed on the islands. On both islands, the maximum width allowed is 2.3m. In terms of length, Jersey allows a maximum of 9.3m, while Guernsey allows up to 6.9m.
There’s no getting around these requirements, as Condor Ferries itself insists on exact measurements when you book. Motorhomes up to 7m long with a maximum height of 3.1m can be booked online, provided they are no heavier than 4.5 tonnes. For larger motorhomes you must contact Condor directly on 0345 609 1024. Their website warns that if you provide incorrect details then you won’t be able to travel.
Finally, you’re allowed to transport up to 47kg of gas, and the bottles must be no bigger than 7kg each excluding the weight of the bottle. All cylinders must be adequately secured, disconnected and turned off while you’re travelling.
With a motorhome insurance policy arranged through Motorhome Protect if you do break down or have an accident while adventuring help will be close at hand.
Perfect places to explore
Guernsey’s beautiful coast is obviously a popular draw for visitors but there are many more cultural highlights packed into this tiny island. Explore the atmospheric cobbled streets of Guernsey’s capital St Peter Port. From the stunning marina to the fantastic restaurants there’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to visit the 800-year-old Castle Cornet, and listen out for the Noon Day Gun that you’ll hear daily, wherever you are!
Just nine miles by five, the island of Jersey also packs a lot within its shores. History buffs might decide to take a trip underground at the Jersey War Tunnels. Here you’ll walk through fascinating galleries and listen to the tales of the five-year German occupation of Jersey during World War Two.
Animal lovers won’t be able to resist a visit to the Durrell Wildlife Park. Set up over 50 years ago by the writer and naturalist Gerald Durrell, the wildlife park is home to more than 130 rare and endangered species and hosts an important conservation programme.
If you feel like leaving your motorhome for a couple of days and doing some island hopping then it’s easy to do. The Channel Island Way is a 115-mile route taking in the coastlines of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark. Boats sail from Jersey to Guernsey and then on to the must-see, traffic-free islands of Herm and Sark.
Having the right motorhome insurance in place is vital if you think you might be away from your home on wheels for any length of time.
Insurance cover to keep you on course
If you think a trip to Jersey or Guernsey is in order then call our dedicated team of insurance specialists at Motorhome Protect. Cover through us can come with a range of benefits including:
- Cover of camping personal effects for up to £3,000
- Cover for motorhomes with a value up to £150,000
- Unlimited mileage cover
- Discounts for club members
Get a quote for motorhome insurance today.
Policy benefits, features and discounts offered may very between insurance schemes or cover selected and are subject to underwriting criteria. Information contained within this article is accurate at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.