What To Do On The Isle of Wight
The Island has many attractions to offer our Isle of Wight holiday cottage guests – see Visit Isle of Wight All Year Round.
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 information on local history, nature or wildlife. Keep an eye on the National Trust Isle of Wight Facebook page for guided walks organised during the winter.
Dog friendly Isle of Wight
In the West Wight dogs are allowed all year on the beaches at Chilton Chine (near Isle of Wight Pearl, free parking), Brook Chine (National Trust members can scan membership card for free parking) and Colwell Bay. Elsewhere dogs are allowed all year at Yaverland and Luccombe Chine end of Shanklin beach. See Isle of Wight Guru for more information.
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. Red Funnel has a designated pet friendly lounge so your dog can travel in comfort too!
Other “green” activities on the island include:
Join West Wight Alpacas and enjoy a range of walking experiences with alpacas and llamas.
If you have a head for heights and nature how about trying a bit of recreational tree climbing at Goodleaf (closed until Easter).
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.
Spot wildfowl and waders at RSPB reserve Brading Marshes – bitterns nested here in 2018.
Catch the bus
The Southern Vectis bus stops are in easy reach of most 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, 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 winter 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, Ventnor Botanic Garden, Quarr Abbey, Shanklin Chine (closed until Easter), Fort Victoria (closed until Easter), theme parks for the children (Robin Hill & Blackgang Chine closed for winter) and The Needles Landmark Attraction, Isle of Wight Zoo, Amazon World, Monkey Haven, Arreton Barns craft village, fishing trips, plus much much more.
Isle of Wight Festival 13-16 June 2019 – headliners are Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro.
National Trust – The Needles Old & New Batteries, Newtown Old Town Hall, Mottistone Gardens, Bembridge Windmill and Bembridge Fort (properties all closed for winter). Old Battery tea room open Thu – Sun on winter weekends. Newtown National Nature Reserve open all year.
English Heritage – Osborne House (open weekends only until Easter). Carisbrooke Castle (open winter weekends only until Easter), Yarmouth Castle (closed for winter), Appuldurcombe House (closed for winter), St Catherine’s Oratory (open all year).
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 at Brighstone, The Crown Inn at Shorwell, Wight Mouse Inn at Chale, The Sun Inn at Hulverstone, Blacksmiths Arms outside Carisbrooke 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: