Island Life: The Best UK Islands to Visit

June 14, 2016

You don't have to go far to get a taste of island life. Escape to the UK's islands and discover sun, sea and sand without the long flight.

According to the Tripadvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards, these UK islands are officially the best for a relaxing getaway, never mind the fact they're only a hop, skip and a jump away which is perfect for a weekend away. We take a look at five of the islands that rated top on the list. 

1. Jersey, Channel Islands

View of Jersey, the Channel Islands, UK

Small, but perfectly formed, Jersey is a mix of English traditions and French flair. In the summer, you’ll luck out with sunshine too. With a range of attractions on offer and so much natural beauty to gawp at, there’s so much going for the island. Perfect for romantic getaways, thrill seekers and foodies alike, there’s something for everyone here. Stay in Durrell Wildlife Camp in your own luxurious pod with stunning views of Lemur Lake. You’ll get to spot plenty of highly endangered species close by too.

2. Isle of Man

View of Douglas, Isle Of Man, UK

Home to animals such as wallabies and tail-less Manx cats, Isle of Man is stunning whatever the weather. Peppered with stone churches, castles and forts, there's plenty do and see. Foodies will rejoice with local delicacies like Manx kippers, Queenies scallops and traditional cakes on offer. Take a ride on the old steam engine Heritage Railway with a picnic from Patchwork Café and take in the breathtaking scenery. Head on out on a nature walk at Curraghs Wildlife Park where you might spot a wallaby or two and take a walk up the Victorian Laxey Wheel. Find the cheapest flights to Isle of Man.  

3. Isle of Wight, England

Beach and sea view of the Isle Of Wight, UK

Once nicknamed Britain’s Woodstock, hosting Jimi Hendrix and The Who, the island hosted the largest rock music festival back in the ‘70s. Nowadays, you’ll find peace, quiet and awesome natural beauty. Known for its picturesque resorts where people have been visiting since the Victorian era. Perfect for a relaxed break. And if you fancy sailing off into the sunset, you’ll find world famous sailing too. Rent a car to get the most out of the island.

4. Isle of Skye, Hebrides

Beautiful view of the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Dramatic, moody and just downright atmospheric, Isle of Skye will not disappoint outdoorsy types. Great hiking, an array of water sports and even pony rides are aplenty on this island. Stay in Portree, the largest town, which not only makes for a great base but has an award winning chef creating culinary masterpieces at Bistro at the Bosville. 

5. St Mary’s, Isle of Scilly

Beach view of the Isles of Scilly, UK

St. Mary’s is picture-postcard lovely. From its jumble of castles and coves to breathtaking wetlands, it’ll charm you as soon as you get there. The largest island of the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago that’s been inhabited for thousands of years, the Cornish holiday destination is attracting visitors year upon year because of its golden sandy beaches and high chances of sunny weather. Bliss. To discover more of the island’s beauty, we suggest renting a car.

Jenny McFarlane Born in Belfast, Jenny’s lived in Albania and Washington DC. Now in London, she loves to plan trips away with friends and travels as often as she can. From joining a motley crew on a yacht in Croatia to walking on the wild side in Borneo, she's always up for new adventures.