You may be pining for those long road trips, clocking up the miles from home and including many a ferry, that end in far flung destinations. But we have the potential for just such an adventure here in the UK. Our island nation, perhaps better termed as an ‘islands’ nation, stretches into the ocean with its small, outlier islands each with their own special nature.
To the far North we have Shetland. An overnight ferry from Aberdeen, or even multiple ferries if one chooses to pick one’s way up through Orkney, along with its own distinct culture heavily influenced by its Norwegian heritage, make these islands, lying over 100 miles from mainland UK, feel like a true adventure trip.
To the South we can reach out across the Channel to the beautiful islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney. The Crown Dependencies are not actually part of the UK and are much closer to Normandy than the British coast. But you’ll find them familiar enough to feel at home.
Although there is not much off the East side of the country the West offers a great deal of choice. The Scilly Isles, Isle of Man and The Outer Hebrides are just some of the examples of those British lands the lie far enough off our mainland to feel far from home both in the journey and the culture.
My personal list on this one is unlikely to be completely fulfilled when it comes to our islands. I want to get back to Shetland and hope to take the long road, hopping across the Orkney islands and requiring about seven ferries. I’m also keen to get back, if only for a few days, to Jersey and am planning a diving trip to our own Caribbean island, which I confess to having never visited yet – The Scillies.
So start planning now. With this much choice the hardest part will be deciding where to go.