An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Looe Island, United Kingdom
Distance: 1.4 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 9 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: 1 mile from Looe, Cornwall
  • Size: 9 hectares
  • Terrain: easy paths, one small hill
  • Access: boat from Looe
  • Height gain: 57 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 107
  • Starting point: island jetty
  • Accommodation/food:

    compost toilet; help yourself to tea & coffee from a hot water flask (small donations

  • Island Summary:

    this is an island whose story about the determination to achieve your dreams is as outstanding as its beautiful location and abundant wildlife. With a rich history that includes smugglers, a Benedictine Chapel and, as legend has it, a visit by baby Jesus it’s the spirit of the two exceptional sisters and their remarkable lives on the island that will likely touch you the most. Now owned by Cornwall Wildlife Trust it is protected forever as a haven for nature in a marine conservation zone just a mile offshore from the bustling Looe

  • Look out for:
    • Living the island dream Bab’s and Attie-style
    • Meeting Claire and Jon, the island’s inspiring wardens
    • Sitting peacefully in the bird hide immersing yourself in the wildlife
    • A swimming beach all to yourself
  • Route description:

    a gentle route around the perimeter of the island, plenty of wildlife en-route and great views back to Looe, with The Lizard visable on clearer days

  • Getting there:

    boat, the Moonraker. Board from the floating pontoon, near the RNLI lifeboat station slipway in East Looe. There is an island trips information board on Buller’s Quay which is alongside the RNLI slipway close to the junction of Church End and River View in east Looe. The boatman will advertise upcoming trips on this board. You can reserve a place on a trip by signing up in the bookings notebook which is located alongside the board. boatman. Call Dave Butters on 07814 264514 to find out the latest

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