The Isolated Magic Of Britain's Five Iconic Tourist Islands
Some travelers find the appeal of the island too isolating, sometimes to the point they feel the island is similar to a prison instead of an escape. But some find the island a welcome retreat, a true escape in isolation and quiet. These five iconic British tourist islands have their own resorts, mountain ranges, climbs and even unique wildlife, making them worth a visit even just once.
Skye is a British island that offers amazing views from atop the peaks of Black Cuillin. The island's sea cliffs give way to hidden and unpopulated beaches. Hikers and climbers could find their skills challenged with the changing terrain while rewarded with amazing rivers, waterfalls and a chance to see whales, dolphins, seals and sea eagles.
According to The Telegraph UK, Lundy is a haven for birdwatchers as the island is almost practically an aviary with 140 species of birds, which increase in population during spring and autumn. Local resorts also offer diving lessons to explore the depths of British Marine Conservation-designated zones, which are filled with underwater life.
According to Conde Nast Traveler, the Skellig Michael Islands are "three rocky outcrops" on the Atlantic Ocean. The UNESCO World Heritage Site houses oratories used by ancient monks. Any traveler who arrives in the Skelling Michael Islands is doomed to walk difficult miles and the island would reward them with beautiful scenery with ships across the horizon and the blue sea.
For artists who might need a glint of inspiration, Eilean Shona Islands in Scotland is the best destination to fire up the imagination. A former artistic couple privately owns the island and the local accommodations that could only host 20 guests. Numerous artists situated in Britain paint all walls of their hotel property in the island.
About two dozen miles from Cornwall's shores is the Isles of Scilly. Any traveler craving the beauty and temperature of the Caribbean would find the same familiar feeling. The island also has its own Folk Festival around May and it also features amazing boat races.