The Most Idyllic Islands to Holiday On in the United Kingdom

Holiday Worthy UK Islands

Holiday Worthy UK Islands

Most people’s minds jump straight to big cities when they think of the UK, but what people so often forget is that the UK is made up of a number of beautiful, moody islands. Of course, the big cities are a huge draw for tourists who want to experience a slice of life in the United Kingdom, but for those who wish to take their holidays a little slower, there are many excellent choices to suit the moods of all kinds of travellers. Whether you’re taking a boat trip, hoping to drive some of the way, or even splashing out and booking a private jet charter, your travel plans should perfectly suit your requirements and offer you everything you need from a holiday. We’ve put together a list of some of the most unique and lovely islands within the UK’s territories; browse through our inventory, and maybe you’ll find the perfect destination you didn’t even know you were looking for.

The Shetland Islands

The Shetland Islands are the last piece of land between the UK and Scandinavia. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, there’s no better place to set up shop for a few weeks of holiday time. The Shetland archipelago relies mainly on fishing for its income, but never has a lonelier and more beautiful tourist destination been seen! The interesting mashup of Scottish and Scandinavian customs, landscapes, and architecture is something quite unique and well worth a visit. Explore the remote beaches, walk through quiet fishing towns, and hike up hillsides strewn with rough grasses.

Mersea Island

Just across the channel from the West coast of Essex lies Mersea. The sweet name is the least lovely thing about this happy island. There’s an outstanding balance of beach life and wonderful natural surroundings for those who love spending time outdoors. Huge, towering cliffs soar overhead, mudflats are home to small, piping birds, and the seafront is lined with pastel-toned beach huts. Sample local wines and beers, including one stout made from oysters! Seafood is a chief export and another excellent reason to visit the island; the best spot for a bite is the Company Shed which has been owned and operated by the Haward family since the 1700s. Rent a paddle board or kayak and work up an appetite, then head to the Shed for a bite to stave off the hunger.

Mersea Island

Muck

Ok, we know how this sounds, but hear us out. The ferry ride to the island of Muck is an experience in itself. Dolphins are frequently seen playing in the slip, and basking sharks, sea eagles, and other sea life join you on your journey across the waters. This Inner Hebridean island is one of the tiniest islands on this list, with 26 or so permanent islanders calling it their home. Stop by the Port Mor cafe for a freshly caught crab sandwich. You’ll be served by a local couple known by one name: Sheddie. The island’s basalt cliffs offer four and a half hours of walking pleasure, with only the seals for company. If you’re up for a dip, make your way to Mermaid’s Pool and dive into the limestone-lined waters like one of the locals.

Isle of Arran

Arran is Scotland in miniature. Located just off Scotland’s West Coast, Arran will challenge even the most seasoned hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The island’s northern sections are a rocky and wild country, while forests and an astonishing array of wildlife await you further inland. You may meet red squirrels or deer on a walk through the woods or, if you prefer, go on an otter spotting mission in the beach caves along the coast. This is definitely a destination for nature lovers as most of the north is completely unspoiled by human habitation. Natural wonders abound, including a double waterfall deep in the forest. Wander this wild island and feel your worries melt away.

Isle of Arran

Isle of Eigg

Eigg is one place we can say for sure has an incredibly cool group of locals. In 1997, all the locals living on Eigg got together and bought the entire island. They have been busy since then, increasing the local population and even setting up their own electric company, Eigg Electric, which is run entirely by natural wind and water power. Eigg is also the home of a local record label, Lost Map Records, which records and produces a number of exciting indie bands. One of the four Small Isles, the island is home to gorgeous natural features, the Singing Beach (beautiful quartz sands) among them. This is the perfect location for a creative escape from your worldly woes.

Wrap Up

The islands that make up the United Kingdom are as varied and unique as they are beautiful. Take the path less travelled when you’re booking your holidays this year, and check out some of the sweet, beautiful little islands that have so very much to offer a weary traveller.

Read also: How to Make the Holidays Feel Special

The Most Idyllic Islands to Holiday On in the United Kingdom

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