Lesser known islands in the British Isles

Beautiful coves at Gob ny Portmooar | John Millen
Beautiful coves at Gob ny Portmooar | John Millen

From vibrant waterfront towns to dramatic coastlines, the British Isles offer a diversity of culture, history and landscapes that lend well to active holidays. With over 6,000 islands to choose from, we’ve narrowed the list down to seven of our favourites islands in the British Isles.

  Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight

Located in the English Channel, the Isle of Wight is the largest and second most populous island in England. Known for its dramatic white cliffs and stunning beaches, over half of the island has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. This island is a dream destination for families, foodies and active travellers. 


The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

This island and picturesque village is full of history and wildlife. The causeway that links to the mainland is only exposed at low tide, cutting itself off to the mainland twice-daily. Lindisfarne Castle and Priory, which was raided by Vikings in the eight century, are amongst the region’s most revered treasures. 

:: Discover Holy Island on one of our St Cuthbert’s Way walks

Cycling in Jersey, one of the Channel Islands

Channel Islands

Sprinkled off the coast of France but officially a dependency of the British Crown, the Channel Islands are comprised of eight permanently inhabited islands. Sandy beaches, ruins of old castles and quaint whitewashed villages provide a glimpse of the traditional British lifestyle that some say can no longer be found on the mainland.  All islands offer gorgeous dramatic coastlines and historic harbours, which were occupied in World War II. With mild winters, warm summers and long hours of sunshine, the Channel Islands make for an ideal year-round destination. 

:: View our Channel Island walking and cycling holidays


Dursey Island

One of the few inhabited islands off the southwest coast of Ireland, this peaceful island has only a handful of semi-permanent residents. The most popular way to access the island is by Ireland's only cable car and the only cable car in Europe that crosses open sea water. With no shops or restaurants Dursey Island offers a unique experience with spectacular views of the Beara peninsula. It is said that Monks from Skellig Rock founded the ancient church of Kilmichael on Dursey, which is now a ruin.  


Tobermory on the Island of Mull

Island of Mull

Only accessible by boat, The Isle of Mull is home to some of the finest and most varied scenery in the Inner Hebrides. The whale-watching and dolphin-spotting opportunities make a visit to the island unforgettable. The main town, Tobermory, is full of colourful waterfront buildings and yachts. Legend has it one of the Spanish Armada ships sank here in 1588 carrying gold bullion. 

:: Visit the Island of Mull on our Scotland by bike and boat trip  

  Cregneash Folk Village on the Isle of Man

Isle of Man

Permanently settled by Celts, the Isle of Man’s history echoes through the ages. With ancient monuments, medieval castles and designated dark sky sites, the island is full of character. It’s also home to the world’s largest working waterwheel and where the Manx cat originated. 

:: Circumnavigate the island on our popular Isle of Man Coastal Path: The way of the seagull trip

Contact us for more information about our range of walking and cycling holidays in the islands of the British Isles.
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