Discover gardens, vineyards, remote pubs and even fossils
For a taste of the tropical, take the Scillonian III as it leaves Penzance and heads for the Scilly Isles.
Leaving your car behind, stay over on Tresco to walk along incredibly picturesque beaches and visit the ornate gardens where the unique microclimate allows plants from all over the world to thrive.
Elsewhere off the Cornish coast, walk or take the boat over to historic St Michael’s Mount. Or maybe you’d like to head up the coast to Devon and get the boat over the Lundy, an idyllic island in the middle of the Bristol Channel where you can stay overnight, visit a pub that never shuts and write home with the help of one of the island’s special stamps.
The Lake District is well known for being a tourist trap, but did you know there is a group of islands just off Cumbria where you can enjoy the view of the mountains? Visit the Furness Islands and you can enjoy a pint in a remote pub and explore an old castle.
There are some fabulous islands to explore in Essex as well. If you’re looking for a wine tasting session, head to Mersea island and take a tour of the vineyards on an island that has a continental feel. Or spend time on Canvey Island for all the thrills of a grand day out at the seaside.
And who can leave out the Isle of Wight, where kids will love fossil hunting, playing with different colours of sand and experiencing the thrills of our oldest theme park.
Setting off from our coast and exploring the lands that lay just out to sea is a fabulous way to spend a holiday. There are plenty of ideas to discover and keep you busy in Treasured Islands.
You can buy Peter Naldrett's book, Treasured Islands, from Bloomsbury here.