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5 British Islands Rarely Given Much Attention

If you’re looking for somewhere more original to visit in Britain or simply want a different holiday destination, then look no further than some of the forgotten islands surrounding the mainland. Cheaper to get to than the usual Greek islands, these British gems are the perfect place to relax without breaking the bank. Below is a small idea of what you can find if you look hard enough. It’s not just the islands that are the main attraction either; most of the excitement comes from travelling to these destinations.
If you’re after history and culture, then look no further than the island of Inchcolm. With its spectacular abbey and stunning scenery, there’s not a lot more you could wish for. Situated just a short boat journey from the mainland, Inchcolm is a beautiful location to either stay or simply visit when in Scotland. Visiting in the summer months means that you’ll get great views of the abbey from boat; this is especially important if you decide not to take a visit around the abbey on foot.
Piel Island
Located near to Barrow-in-Furness, Piel Island is one of Cumbrian coast’s best kept secrets. As with all best kept secrets, not a lot of people know about them, so you’ll find that Piel Island may also become your own personal island; idyllic for those looking just to get away from it all. With easily accessible boats during the summer, you can visit Piel Island on a whim and simply fall in love with the place. Discover as much wildlife as you can, whilst soaking up the incredible scenery.
Lundy Island
Probably one of the better known islands on this list, Lundy Island is still not as popular as it should be. The island itself is only three and a half miles long and half a mile wide, so is perfect for a day out of exploration and discovery. With its relaxed atmosphere and plethora of wildlife, Lundy is an idyllic getaway for those who wish to camp overnight or step up to a quaint holiday home. If you’re looking to travel to any of these islands, then visit to find your perfect rental car.
St Kilda
Another little gem situated near Scotland, St Kilda is a great place to visit if you’re looking for the hardiness of the Scottish weather. It’s not for the faint-hearted however. You can take your chances on getting there by boat on a daytrip from the Isle of Harris, but be prepared to feel slightly sea sick as the Scottish weather is still unrelenting even after seventy plus years!
Mersea Island
A mere stone’s throw away from London (around 70 miles), Mersea Island is great for those looking for something a little different. Discover a celebration of Essex oysters and a week-long festival in August, celebrating all things boat. Keep an eye on the tides however, as you’ll have to use these to judge when to travel. It’s best not to get caught out by them!

Aerial view of Inchcolm. Photo by Mike Pennington
Aerial view of Inchcolm. Photo by Mike Pennington

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