Britain is a land of enchanting islands which are accessible and are more than 6000 in number. Whether you are a holiday maker, an adventure enthusiast or an explorer and wish to explore something which is offbeat or characterized with peculiar aspects, then the following quirky islands of Britain are the best bet. Each of the islands of Britain has its own unique heritage and charm.
Isle of Islay, Southern Hebrides
Sprawling across 25 miles, this island inhabits around 3200 people. It is quite surprising that this island has eight whiskey distilleries and many more to come. It is a perfect destination for peaceful and rejuvenating holidays. It boasts of miles of beaches, lovely bays and picturesque views. It s uniqueness lies in its famous “singing sands beach” where when the conditions are favourable, the sand ring out when it is rubbed. Some of the activities that you can enjoy here are pony trekking, shooting, fresh and salt water angling, bird watching (including migratory birds). This island is aptly called “The Queen of the Hebrides”.
Isle of Man
This island is officially not a part of Britain but is a crown possession (since 1828) and is governed under the supervision of the British Home Office. It is located on the Irish Sea between and England and Ireland. It is famous for its beautiful rural landscape, medieval castles and rugged coastline. Its Celtic and Viking heritage that encompasses the oldest continuous parliament in the world is truly amazing. It also serves as a host to the most famous motocycle race in the world- The Isle of Man TT.
It is the main island of Orkney in Scotland. Around 75 % of the population of Orkney lives on this island. Its uniqueness lies in its Neolithic village called Skara Brae which is older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids. There are several historic attractions on this island such as the great barrow (earthwork) of Maeshowe tumulus, the Ring of Brodgar stone circles, the Standing Stones of Stenness which are collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The island is also a great place to see the Northern Lights.
Barra, Outer Hebrides
Located off the west coast of Scotland, Barra Island boasts of a beach airport, the one-of-its-kind in the world with regularly scheduled flights. It is well known for its well preserved Hebridean history and heritage and natural beauty. Kisimul Castle at Castlebay is a major attraction as it once served as the stronghold of the Clan MacNeil. It is the last remaining complete castle in the Outer Hebrides. Balnabodach, a deserted village dating back to the Neolithic times on this island is another important historic site which draws tourists.
Located off the mainland’s northwest coast in Wales, Anglesey Island is famous for its ancient sites and beaches. The island can be reached by the 19th-century Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge, reconstructed in the 20th century. It is the largest island of Whales. One of its major attractions is Bryn Velli Ddu, an ancient burial mound which is around 5,000 years old. Beaumaris Castle on this island was built in the 13th century is considered the most perfect castle of Britain in terms of technical aspects. For some more adventure visit Anglesey Sea Zoo which is the largest marine aquarium in Wales with an interesting range of marine wildlife.
Isle of Wight
This wonderful island is located off the south coast of England and attracts tourists of all sorts. Its sandy beaches, seafront promenades and vintage beach huts make it a big hit. Visit places like Compton Bay and Yaverland Beach for exploring Dinosaur remains and fossils. Other attractions of the island are Britain’s oldest working telephone box, taking an alpaca for a stroll and the electric Blackgang Chine amusement park. As you walk down the island’s western point you will find The Needles which are 3 huge white chalk rocks and a lighthouse dating back to the 19th century.
Tresco, Isles of Scilly
Located off the southwestern tip of Cornwall in England, this fascinating island is dotted with wild flowers making it look no less than a paradise. It also boasts of a privately owned Tresco which is open to visitors but not to vehicles. There is a world renowned Tresco Abbey Garden, a tropical garden filled with a wide variety of plants from different parts of the world which would never thrive on the mainland.
Pack your bags and set out to explore these gems of Britain!