When you think of the UK as a holiday destination, only a couple of islands may come to mind. But there is actually a whopping 50 beautiful British islands to discover for a holiday, and they are ideal for a break year-round.
Island Holidays in the United Kingdom: Top Holiday Lettings
The 5 Most Beautiful Islands in the UK
Interested in the 5 most beautiful islands in the UK? Here are our favourites.
1. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland
This has been a pilgrimage site for hundreds of years, with Saint Aidan founding the original monastery in the fifth century. The island is only accessible via a single causeway, so travel is restricted at certain times of year. This location is still very popular with pilgrims and retreats, and visitors seeking peace and quiet can enjoy the Priory ruins, sweeping views and a peaceful atmosphere, away from crowds.
2. Brownsea Island, Dorset
This is a superb choice for families who love camping and nature. It's home to the threatened native red squirrel and offers a quiet 50-acre site packed with local species and sights - including regular camps from Girl Guide and Scout groups! Bird watchers also visit the island to see rare species, and the entire space is owned and managed by the National Trust. Catch a local ferry over from Poole, enjoy a free introductory walk, enjoy a coffee and refreshments at the island cafe and take part in an annual seasonal programme of events for all.
3. Isle of Wight
Hop on a ferry and enjoy a traditional family holiday on this fun, pretty island which is packed with holiday parks, a fascinating Jurassic legacy, fun parks, crazy golf... and the annual Isle of Wight Festival. There is plenty of accommodation to suit all needs and group sizes, and the island provides everything necessary for the classic English seaside holiday - including fine local ice-creams.
4. Jersey, Channel Island
s A unique blend of English and French culture, this island has beautiful beaches, warm weather and a busy lineup of cultural and live entertainment events. Enjoy local markets, low tide walks, art exhibitions, bike rides and miles of beach in this small and highly accessible island. You'll also find great accommodation, restaurants, cafes, shops and more in this cosmopolitan holiday spot which benefits from fine weather and a discerning crowd.
5. Isle of Man
This is the choice for active families who like adventurous sports - think caving, coasteering, mountain biking and bouldering. Various operators offer tutoring, equipment hire, experience events and organised expeditions so that you can get the most from your trip. The ancient island also has a rich Celtic heritage and a huge number of ancient landmarks to discover, with fantastic opportunities for photographers.