In Brief: The largest island of the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye boasts spectacular scenery and outstanding beaches. Swim under cascading waterfalls, take to the water to spot Britain’s largest bird of prey, the majestic sea eagle, and stroll along some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Where to Stay: With a combination of rustic and contemporary accommodation, Skye Cottages are perfect. Cosy up next to the log burner in an eco-friendly timber house, take advantage of built-in bird-watching facilities, or admire the views across the shoreline from the large picture windows of a traditional thatched cottage.
Where to Eat: A culinary stalwart nestled amongst the wind-blown scenery surrounding Loch Dunvegan, The Three Chimneys offers the very best of Scottish fine dining. From fresh langoustine to local venison, everything here is of the highest quality, promising a gastronomic experience you’ll never forget.
Don’t Miss: The stunning white sands of the Isle of Harris are merely a boat ride away – be sure to make the trip to discover Scotland’s best-kept beach secret.
In Brief: Sloping into clear turquoise waters, this spectacular archipelago off the most southernly tip of the Cornish coast has pristine white-sand beaches and its five inhabited islands are like nowhere else in the British Isles. With a temperature closely bordering a sub-tropical climate, it’s by far the warmest spot in the Britain.
Where to Stay: The Hell Bay Hotel on the island of Bryher is a private oasis set in a secluded cove. The treatment room, yoga studio and heated outdoor swimming pool all offer total relaxation, while Wimbledon wannabes can have a knock about on the hotel’s own tennis court. Be sure to try out the resident restaurant, before taking to the sunset deck with a tipple of your choice.
Where to Eat: Scilly’s heritage and cuisine revolves around the sea – so you’ll find locally-sourced lobster, crab and crayfish aplenty on the small but well-curated menu at High Tide Seafood Restaurant. Aside from the freshest of seafood, you’ll be spoilt with fantastic views of the Western Rocks and Bishop Rock Lighthouse from the conservatory dining room.
Don’t Miss: The warm climate offers spectacular flora and fauna, and on the Island of Tresco you’ll find Abbey Gardens, where spring comes early, autumn stays late and winter hardly exists at all. Brimming with exotic plants from around the world, while away a day strolling here.
In Brief: The Isle of Wight is England’s largest island and became a popular tourist destination for the Victorians. While many associate the island with sailing, its dinosaur remains and fossils on Compton Bay and Yaverland Beach, and The Needles – the three iconic chalk rocks guarded by a 19th-century lighthouse – in recent years the Isle of Wight has seen something of a revival. You can now expect to find stylish hotels, exceptional gastronomy, and spectacular shores.
Where to Stay: With the approval of several high-profile clients, Haven Hall Hotel could not come more highly regarded. The privately-owned, Edwardian country house, hidden away in the southern seaside resort of Shanklin, is still just a 10-minute walk to the beach along a scenic cliff path. Unwind in one of 14 ensuite bedrooms, or go all out with a stay in their two-bedroomed penthouse – just be sure to pay their award-winning gardens a visit too.
Where to Eat: Headed up by Robert Thompson (who was once the youngest chef to be awarded a Michelin Star), Thompson’s, his first solo restaurant in Newport, offers great food and a cool vibe. Putting the island on the foodie map, you can expect a fantastic, fresh and to-the-point menu – served from the restaurant’s open kitchen – that makes the most of local producers while showcasing the Isle of Wight’s remarkable bounty too. Their seasonal set menus are plentiful, but we’re all for their three-course lunch, which is a steal.
Don’t Miss: Osborne House – the seaside palace which was Queen Victoria’s summer residence until her death – offers a unique insight into royal domestic life, with opulent state rooms alongside intimate family spaces. Visit the gardens to breathe in the sea air, or wander down to the Queen’s private beach, where you can enjoy traditional seaside entertainments, such as Punch and Judy, before watching the sun set.
In Brief: As the Channel Island’s second largest island, stretching for 11 miles, you’ll find a vast amount of local history and a surprising amount of diversity here. Luxury hotels are nestled among campsites and foraging workshops, making the island suited to those with an appreciation for the outdoors, as well as the indoors.
Where to Stay: With panoramic sea views from its hilltop location, The Old Government House Hotel and Spa is Guernsey’s only five-star hotel. Offering 63 individually-designed bedrooms with balconies overlooking the nearby St Peter Port, a health club, spa and an award-winning restaurant to boot, it’s one of the most prestigious stays in the Channel Islands.
Where to Eat: Spanning two floors that overlook St Peter’s Port harbour, The Hook serve up sushi, seafood and steak, and an enviable wine list that boasts some of the finest wines on the island. Serving the freshest local seafood, fish and only the best cuts of meats, The Hook is a contemporary dining space, that almost always requires a booking. You won’t find anything like their Seabass and Truffle Soy Rolls anywhere, and if that’s not reason enough to visit, they’re also home to Guernsey’s first state-of-the-art wine dispensing machine.
Don’t Miss: The tiny island of Lihou is reachable from Guernsey at low tide. Make the journey to discover its historic 12th century priory, take a dip in the vast blue Venus Pool, and discover over 150 difference species of bird.