For those who love boat trips and island hopping, the UK is like a paradise. There are well over 6,000 islands to choose from, and not all of them have the underwhelming weather you might expect. This number also includes lake and river islands, like the Eel Pie in the Thames, and Inchcailloch, Loch Lomond.
Come with us as we hop on and off the most amazing islands in the UK.
No One Is an Island
Thankfully, more countries and governments are becoming aware of urban mobility. It’s reflected by how tourist cities worldwide are adapting their attractions and urban spaces for disabled holidays. It includes ramps, tactile guidance, and other improvements in streets, transports, and buildings.
Here are the most beautiful and accessible islands around the UK.
Technically, the Channel Islands aren’t part of the UK. Instead, they’re considered part of the British Isles. Between England and France, there are loads of islands to visit. Eight are inhabited, namely Lihou, Jethou, Brechou, Herm, Sark, Alderney, Jersey, and Guernsey. The latter three are the most visited ones.
Several boat journeys include Sark, Alderney, Guernsey and Herm on the same trip. Those islands are famous for their nice weather and laid-back lifestyle. Coastal walks, clifftop paths and wild nature greet the visitors and make the whole journey worthwhile.
The Inner Hebrides
The 79 islands that comprise the Inner Hebrides are spread across an area of approximately 74 acres. Only 35 of them inhabited. Islay, Mull, and Skye are the largest and most famous ones. Skye is accessible through a bridge from the mainland.
Mull is a popular holiday destination, and it’s the second-largest Hebridean island. This island is also one of the few remaining places where Gaelic is still spoken. Mull stands out for its cheddar production as well. Islay is the most populated island Hebridean, with 3,200 inhabitants, and it’s known as the “Queen of the Hebrides”.
Lewis & Harris
Lewis and Harris are the largest and most populated Scottish island. It has more than 21,000 inhabitants, most of them living in Stornoway. Lewis and Harris is a single island, and it’s in the Outer Hebrides. The Northern region is called Lewis, and the Southern, Harris. It’s a fantastic place for nature-watching, with rich wildlife and an exuberant coastline. Lewis and Harris are also among the northernmost British islands.
The white and soft sands washed by a turquoise sea can sometimes make you think you’re in the Caribbean. It’s an archipelago with only five inhabitant islands and a population of about 2,000 people. The 140 remaining islands are actually small rocky formations. The main islands are St. Mary, St. Agnes, Bryher, Tresco, and St Martin. St. Mary is the largest and most populated one, and it’s also one of the most accessible.
The main settlements are named Hugh Town and Old Town, and Portcressa Beach is a popular destination for family holidays. The isle of Tresco is also very famous for its Caribbean-like landscape, located near Cornwall.