Gin Camp on Flat Holm Island – 2017

Cardiff Gin Club Gin Tasting on Flat Holm Island

So this summer we set out on a gin fuelled of voyage of discovery on the Island of Flat Holm. For those not acquainted with Flat Holm Island, it is an island 4 miles off the coast of the Vale of Glamorgan and in the middle of the Bristol Channel.

There’s a lack of public transport and Uber drivers willing transport people over to the island so we only had one option of getting there… a RIB speedboat! We teamed up with Bay Island Voyages who zipped us over on their boats.



There was a choice of trips with the 3 hour Gin Express featuring speed boat ride to Flat Holm Island and straight into a gin tasting and masterclass, where our guests sampled gins from:

  • Tappers Gin – The Darkside Gin and 3 Fine Days Gin
  • Drumshanbo Irish Gunpowder Gin
  • Bertha’s Revenge Milk Gin

Everyone had the chance to pair the gins with a selection of garnishes and a large range of tonic waters from Fentimans, such as:

  • Light Tonic
  • Grapefruit Tonic
  • Botanicals Tonic
  • Rose Lemonade

Guests then had a chance to either check out the Island Lighthouse, Fog Horn and Military history in the form of old gun batteries and cannons dotted around the island or join us in Wales’ most southernly pub The Gull and Leek for a G & T or two before heading back to Cardiff Bay.

For the more adventurous gin connoisseurs and those with a penchant for nature there was the Gin Camp with a chance to join us camping overnight plus a bit of the above with gins from:

  • That Boutiquey Gin Company – Spitroasted Pineapple Gin and Moonshot Gin
  • Drumshanbo Irish Gunpowder Gin
  • Bertha’s Revenge Milk Gin

With the option of camping and being picked up at lunch time the following day gave everyone a chance to explore more of the island, we cooked some food on some bbq’s and had an epic breakfast on the beach with a fire in the morning followed by marshmallows and some gin spiked pineapple kebabs.


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