A visit to a remote and tranquil island is at the top of many people’s travel wishes. However, you don’t have to journey as far as you might think to be surrounded by crystal clear waters and picturesque landscapes. Many people might be surprised to find that Britain’s coastline is dotted with hundreds of islands that are just waiting to be discovered.
From thriving seafronts to remote wildlife havens, Britain’s islands are as diverse as they are beautiful. With scenic beaches, exciting boat trips and a variety of activities on offer, they make a unique day out for all the family.
To help you plan your next island retreat, we’ve unearthed some of the best of Britain’s islands for you to explore on your next holiday.
Just 40 minutes from Ty Mawr Holiday Park, you’ll find the island of Anglesey. From stunning coastal landscapes to picturesque towns, there’s lots to discover on a visit to the largest island in Wales.
No trip to Anglesey would be complete without visiting one of the island’s many beaches. Llanddywn, on the south coast of the island, is amongst the finest. With its long stretch of sand and calm, clear blue waters, it’s one of Wales’ most beautiful landscapes. Framed by spectacular views of Snowdonia National Park, relax on the sand while the kids play. With perfect waters for swimming and plenty of rock pools to explore, there’s lots for the whole family to enjoy at Llanddywn.
The ancient island of Anglesey has a rich and varied heritage, and is home to nearly 150 historic monuments. From prehistoric burial chambers to fascinating mines, there are endless stories to uncover. Soak up the history of the island on a visit to the 13th century Beaumaris Castle, one of the island’s most famous landmarks. Take a stroll around this masterpiece, created by King Edward I, and discover the fascinating history behind this remarkable fortress.
The breathtaking scenery and rocky landscapes in Anglesey are unlike anywhere else in Britain, and it’s no surprise the island’s coastal area was named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore the coastal path and admire the dramatic views across the low cliffs, hidden coves, sandy beaches and long stretches of peaceful countryside.
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Lundy Island, Devon
Home to an amazing array of wildlife, Lundy Island is a real hidden gem. Accessible by boat, which you can board just 20 minutes from Bideford Bay Holiday Park, this island is like no other.
One of the highlights of a trip to Lundy Island is the boat trip itself. Climb aboard the MS Oldenburg, which sails from Bideford four times a week during the summer. Relax on the deck and look out for dolphins following behind the vessel in the boat’s waves. The journey takes just short of two hours, so sit back and soak up the stunning views of the coast of Devon.
The peaceful beauty of Lundy Island creates the ideal habitat for a variety of incredible wildlife and the whole island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Its rugged cliffs are home to around 140 different species of birds, including manx shearwaters and puffins. In the waters surrounding the island, look out for dolphins and seals splashing around in the waves. Lundy is also a popular diving and snorkelling hotspot, so you can get even closer to these playful creatures.
Lundy Island is only three and a half miles long, and half a mile wide, so it’s easy to explore it in a day. There’s a circular walk around the entire island, where you can enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery and discover more about the history of Lundy. Families will love the Lundy Letterbox Trail, a treasure hunt that spans the whole island, which is a great way to keep the kids entertained.
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Hayling Island, Hampshire
If you’re staying at Hayling Island Holiday Park, you’ll find lots to discover on this unique and peaceful island. Connected to the mainland by a bridge, Hayling Island covers ten square miles and is surrounded by spectacular scenery, creating the perfect island retreat.
If a fun day out at the seaside is what you’re looking for, then you’ll love the south coast of the island, which boasts 4 miles of golden sands. At low tide, the beach is perfect for building sandcastles and enjoying a game of volleyball. Splash about in the waves or head to Funland Amusement Park for an afternoon of action-packed family fun. With fairground favourites including a log flume, dodgems and spinning teacups, there’s something for everyone.
The island is popular with watersports enthusiasts and is known for being the birthplace of windsurfing. Surrounded by perfect waters, the island is an ideal destination for those who want to try out this thrilling sport. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can hire equipment on the island or the mainland, then head to the waves and put your kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing skills to the test.
The island is a haven for nature lovers and there are endless walks to enjoy in the surrounding countryside. Take a stroll along the Hayling Billy Coastal Path and look out for wildlife along the way, including a variety of birds and wild flowers. Hop aboard the Hayling Seaside Railway, which will take you on a journey down the most idyllic section of the island’s coastline.
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Isle of Portland, Dorset
Only 4 miles long, Portland Island feels like a world apart from the rest of Dorset. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, Portland Island might be small, but it’s bursting with character. Less than 30 minutes from Warmwell Holiday Park, it provides the perfect setting for an island day trip.
The history of Portland dates back thousands of years, so there’s lots to discover. Explore the magnificent Portland Castle, one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts. Uncover stories of the castle’s 450-year history, enjoy the stunning sea views from the gun platforms and stroll around the heritage garden.
One of Portland’s most famous landmarks is the iconic Portland Bill lighthouse, which can be reached by a gentle stroll along the South West Coast Path. Walk along the cliff tops towards the lighthouse and admire the spectacular views across the sea. You can even climb the steps to the top of the lighthouse for a bird’s-eye view of the Dorset coastline.
The Isle of Portland is a haven for wildlife, and disused quarries and open spaces provide the ideal habitat for a wide variety of species. Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve is one of the best places to spot wildlife on the island. Perfect for a gentle family walk, marvel at the unique stone sculptures and carvings along the way.
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