Island Adventures

‘I remember a feeling of complete freedom, of the chance to have adventures.’
- Kathryn L recalls how she felt as a child, visiting Lundy Island

There are few who haven’t dreamt of visiting Kirrin Island, Neverland or Treasure Island at some point in their life. Of course, these are all imagined places from children’s books, but there’s a reason why islands are such a popular theme for authors – they are built for adventure. You’re cut off from the rest of the world. Anything can happen. We’ve got a few adventure islands of our own, with strange creatures and hidden coves waiting for those who dare to leave the mainland behind.

    The Isle of Wight

    ‘More than just a place of breath-taking beauty, this is a one-of-a-kind, nowhere-else-like-it location. The view of The Needles changes with the time of day, the weather, and the seasons.’
    - Paul T, visitor

    At the tiny tea room, near The Needles, you can borrow binoculars to spy what’s going on out at sea. Visit the magical garden at Mottistone Manor, climb to the top of the island’s last windmill or play on the beach at Compton Bay.

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    Nearly all of the 50 things can be ticked off at the Isle of Wight. Hunting for bugs, spotting butterflies and finding fossils are a few of our favourites though.

    Make a weekend of it
    Compton Farm Cottage One and Compton Farm Cottage Two sleep four people each.

    Holy Island, Northumberland

    You can make your way to Holy Island barefoot, crossing the open stretch of sand at low tide. Just make sure you check the tide times before you set off. There is something magical about walking along a constantly disappearing and reappearing path. Once you’re at the island an enchanting walled garden, historic Lime Kilns and Lindisfarne Castle await.

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    Lindisfarne island is the perfect place for a spot of rock pooling, barefoot walking, and taking your kite for a spin.

    Make a weekend of it
    St Oswald’s Cottage is a three bedroom house, offering stunning views of Lindisfarne Castle.

    Brownsea Island, Dorset

    ‘We used to stay in the holiday cottage in December, when the island is closed to the general public, so you have your own personal desert island with beaches, woods, beautiful walks and amazing wildlife.’
    - Elizabeth F, member of staff

    Just like the islands in stories, Brownsea Island has a mermaid lagoon and tales of smuggling. The isolation of this spot provides a haven for red squirrels, kingfishers and oystercatchers. Only accessible by a short ferry ride, the whole island is car free, so every inch can be explored safely.

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    At Brownsea Island you can camp under the stars, build a den and jump over waves on the beaches.

    Make a weekend of it
    If you fancy staying over, Agent's House, a waterside terraced cottage, is situated on the island. Lying just three metres from the sea with its own private garden, this cottage is ideal for adventure seekers and sleeps six.

    The islands of Derwentwater in Borrowdale, Cumbria

    Derwentwater has four islands and you can row to all of them, apart from Derwent Island which is only open to the public five days a year. St Herbert’s is the largest, covering nearly five acres, but even the smaller islands make perfect picnic spots. You can hire rowing boats and small motor boats from a number of local providers.

    We request that you do not stay overnight or light any fires on the islands. Please take care not to disturb any nesting birds.

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    Borrowdale is a great spot for stargazing.

    Lundy Island, Devon

    Lundy is like a world apart. It is an amazing place to go and get away from it all. I've been going since I was a child and I remember a feeling of complete freedom, the chance to have adventures. It is beautiful, unique and peaceful - pure escapism.’
    - Kathryn L, visitor

    With its disused lighthouse, tiny village and complete lack of cars, Lundy Island is a rather nostalgic place. Once the home of dangerous pirates, the island is now home to an abundance of wildlife including inquisitive seals, wild ponies and silka deer.

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    Lundy is especially good for bird watching and butterfly spotting.

    Make a weekend of it
    Combe Cottage, is not on Lundy Island, but it’s only a boat ride away. This three bedroom cottage is surrounded by woodland in the heart of the Peppercombe valley.

    St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

    St Michael’s Mount is an absolute jewel. The views of it across the bay are breathtaking & that’s before you've even walked the causeway or chugged in the little boat to get there. The magic continues once you've arrived & creates an everlasting memory.’
    - Angela E, visitor

    This rocky island is crowned by a medieval church and castle. If the weather is good you can enjoy a short boat trip around the island or at low tide venture across the ancient tide causeway from Marazion. Children’s quizzes are available as well as pre-arranged tours.

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    This is a great place for a barefoot walk, rock pooling and swimming in the sea.

    Make a weekend of it
    Just a short drive east from St Michaels Mount, is the hugely atmospheric six bedroom Godolphin House.

    Carrick-a-Rede, County Antrim

    Cross the rope bridge, originally built by salmon fisherman, over a 30 metre deep drop to Carrick-a Rede. Those bold enough to cross to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views. Rahtlin Island, where thousands of puffins breed, is also only 7km from Carrick-a-Rede.

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    There are so many sea birds in this area – it’s a great place for bird watching. You might also see basking sharks, dolphins and porpoises in the sea if you keep your eyes peeled.

    Make a weekend of it
    Our Carrick-a-Rede Cottage offers a brilliant space for a group of four and is located a short distance from the rope bridge.

    Farne Islands, Northumberland

    The Farnes are breathtaking, no matter how many times you've been. They're so beautiful and home to a vast array of amazing wildlife.’
    - Amanda G, visitor

    The Farne Islands are home to around 37,000 pairs of puffin and a large grey seal colony, with more than 1,000 pups born every autumn. Many of the islands hide underwater at high tide. Visitors pass lots of these inaccessible islets on boat trips - a short journey to a different world.

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    Look out for our rangers on the islands, who sometimes have some rock pool creatures for you to have a look at.

    Make a weekend of it
    Lookout Cottage is a former coastguard’s cottage near the Farne Islands.

    Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire

    Explore the golden sands of Marloes Peninsula before heading off on your island adventure. You can get a boat to Skomer Island, from the tiny harbour of Martin’s Haven. You can also walk to Gateholm, a tidal island, at low tide. Please keep in mind that this climb is tricky and only for the sure-footed.

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    The beach here is safe for swimming in the sea and jumping over waves. You can also hunt for bugs and catch fish in a net.