What To Do On The Isle of Wight
The island has many attractions to offer our Isle of Wight holiday cottage guests – and autumn is the perfect time to visit
With a spectacular coastline, rolling hills, green countryside, historic buildings & welcoming pubs, the island makes a great location to explore on foot. The Isle of Wight National Trust have some great downloadable walks – as well as a map and full directions the trails include snippets of information about local history, nature or wildlife. Watch out for Visit Isle of Wight’s IsleWalk18.
Visit Isle of Wight and Wightlink have excellent downloadable cycle routes and cycle hire information. You can hire bicycles from Wight Cycle Hire and Red Squirrel Electric Bikes who will deliver to our Isle of Wight holiday cottages (minimum hire fee applies). You can store bicycles in the garages, or outhouses of our Isle of Wight holiday cottages.
Visit Isle of Wight Green Star programme
We have a Green Star award from Visit Isle of Wight for promoting sustainable travel – have a look at all the useful information on Visit Isle of Wight’s dedicated Green Travel page and in the pack in each Isle of Wight holiday cottage. The pack includes a Sustainable Directory (providers of bikes, hire cars, taxis, water taxis, buses & trains) and itineraries for fun days out where no car is required. Download or ask for a leaflet on how to get to the Isle of Wight by train, coach & bus – including a great map of the British rail network & guidance when you reach the ports. Free Island bus travel for Isle of Wight holiday cottage guests staying at 2 The Granary up to March 2018 (ask for details).
Other “green” activities on the island include:
Join West Wight Alpacas and enjoy walking in spectacular scenic trails. Each walker will have an alpaca to lead. Have fun learning all about alpacas, and experience this unique animal on a one-on-one encounter. They all have names and different personalities.
If you have a head for heights and nature how about trying a bit of recreational tree climbing at Goodleaf.
If trees are not high enough for you then join Butterfly Paragliding, one of the longest established paragliding schools in the UK.
The Donkey Sanctuary provides donkeys a safe and permanent home – come and visit them and look out for the regular events.
Catch the bus
The Southern Vectis bus stops are in easy reach of all of our Isle of Wight holiday cottages so jump on board and have a car-free day out. Places which are easy to get to from our Isle of Wight holiday cottages include Carisbrooke Castle (open daily until end Oct). The Needles, Alum Bay, Newport, Yarmouth, Dimbola Lodge / Freshwater Bay, Compton Bay, Colwell Bay, Totland Bay and Ventnor. Visit Southern Vectis and FYT bus for more information and timetables.
Isle of Wight holiday cottage must dos!
Visit Isle of Wight to see what else is on offer including IOW Steam Railway, Brading Roman Villa, theme parks for the children (Robin Hill, Blackgang Chine and The Needles Landmark Attraction, wildlife parks, craft centres, fishing trips, plus much much more.
National Trust – The Needles Old & New Batteries (closes 29 Oct), Newtown Old Town Hall (closes 19 Oct) & Newtown National Nature Reserve, Mottistone Gardens (closes 26 Oct), Bembridge Windmill (closes 29 Oct) and Bembridge Fort (only two more guided tours this season 17 & 24 Oct – bookable tours only). National Trust Shop at Mottistone Gardens still open Thu – Sat 2 Nov – 23 Dec (and Sun 10 Dec for Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival).
English Heritage – Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle, Yarmouth Castle, Appuldurcombe House, St Catherine’s Oratory.
And finally! The Island has excellent pubs serving local beer and good food. Many of these also have live entertainment. Pubs close to our Isle of Wight holiday cottages include The Three Bishops in Brighstone The Crown Inn at Shorwell, Wight Mouse Inn at Chale, The New Inn at Shalfleet and The Bugle Inn in Yarmouth.
For more information on the island, places to visit and the latest events for our Isle of Wight holiday cottage guests we recommend: