Looe Island
Looe Island
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksNature & Wildlife Areas
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Looe Island Nature Reserve belongs to Cornwall Wildlife Trust. To help keep the island special all access to the island and its foreshore is carefully managed. Visits can only be made on official, organised trips and access by any other means is not allowed. For more general information about the island please see: https://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/visit-looe-island and for information about our organised trips please see: https://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/looe-island/getting-island
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Rose A
Telford, UK29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Visited Looe Island today it was a lovely experience however, I felt it was a bit rushed. By the time you’ve got on to the island you have 1 hour 30mins but have to be back waiting for the boat 10 minutes early (understandable) you are met off the boat by 2 people from the trust that live at the island that greet you and take you on a short walk to sign you in and give you a bit of background knowledge. By the time you’ve done all this you’ve probably got an hour left. The trip is advertised as 2 hours on the island however they have deducted 30 mins so you only get 1.5 hours. Once we’d walked round the island ( very steep in part for pushchairs which I wouldn’t recommend) we didn’t have much time left. I wanted to see the seals it was 12:00 and the lady said they take about 10 mins to appear and remember you’ve got to be back for the boat. The 30 mins shouldn’t have been taken off, for what we paid I felt rushed. It was really lovely, easy to book etc but I fast marched everyone round to see it all and felt I didn’t have enough time to enjoy the parts I would have like to. It defiantly needs extending back to 2 hours.
Written 14 August 2020
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andbaz
Kent, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
What a beautiful spot to spend New Years. Fish and chips on the beach whilst watching the fire works.
From about 5pm families descend to the pier mist in fancy dress to light up the beach with their glow toys and watch the New Year’s Eve fire works. No trouble excellent atmosphere and then once the children have gone home the grown ups descend on the town most in fancy dress and go from pub to pub before all making their way to the beach for the midnight fireworks. Excellent time and excellent idea for young and old
Written 1 January 2020
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andy
Gloucester, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Booked a trip with the boatman a day on advance.
Really hot day when we went, but the boatman was ontime, no queueing as we jumped the big glass bottom boat queue.
Ride over is about 10 mins, very scenic.
You arrive on the island and greeted by the lovely couple who live there. A little talk os given then off you go around the island.
You pretty much have to stick to the path.
We saw seals, and a variety of seabirds. The views are amazing, and as you work your way around the island the views blow you away.
The beach at the end is lovely, and tge boatman picks you up.
Great to get away from crowds and have an explore. Brilliant day out.
Written 12 August 2020
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Elle V
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We Visited on a beautiful sunny day. There is lots to see, various species of birds, seals, sheep, butterflies and insects. Definitely worth a visit. The warden was very helpful and super friendly. Only small b rolls allowed on the island so it feels like you have the island to yourself for a couple of hours. Heaven! Take your camera!
Written 22 June 2022
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HiggyBristol
Bristol, UK489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
It's just a short boat ride to the island, depending upon where you start from. We started from Looe, so just 20 minutes. The island is well worth a visit. You could easily walk around the whole island in under 30 minutes, but it's impossible not to keep stopping to taking in the stunning views and scenery, both on the island and towards the mainland.
Written 18 May 2022
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Richard45732
London, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
An excellent morning’s excursion. Far more to see on the island than I had expected, including bird and seal life and buildings all with history. A boat ride from Looe harbour to the island takes 15 minutes and you are met on the island by the friendly resident wardens who give you a short introduction to the island and a map. A slow walk round with stops takes about 40 minutes. We’ve been to Looe several times but this was our first trip to the island but really enjoyed it and we will do it again.
Written 16 July 2022
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Sarah H
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The whole trip to Looe Island including the boat trip was fantastic. Very friendly boatsman friendly people who welcomed us.

The island itself was a little bit of paradise. I could have spent all day there it was so peaceful.

Don’t expect all mod cons or shops and cafes that’s not what the island is all about, it would be detrimental to it.

Thank you for giving us such a lovely time.
Written 31 May 2021
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Kate S
Bradford, UK106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
A great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy a couple of hours in this peaceful island. Welcoming staff and only a short 15 minute boat ride away. Saw seals, butterflies, gulls, cormorants and oystercatchers
Written 31 July 2020
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Mike A
Cornwall, England, United Kingdom55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Prior to this outing my wife and I had been once previously on a trip to the island where you land and have two hours making your own way around. Prior to that, my wife had been on a guided tour of longer duration and felt that I would also enjoy that and so we booked. On 22nd July we took the small boat over from Looe with 10 other visitors adn disembarked on the beach and were met by John, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Warden, and Claire the Assistant Warden.
After a brief introduction our party set off guided by Claire who is self-confessed scatty but nevertheless made our tour fun and informative. (John was to guide another party arriving ½ hour later). Whilst the island in itself is not very large Claire took us a circular walk frequently stopping and giving us some history, some of which was fascinating. Occasionally, Claire would break off her dialogue as she had spotted a species of bird, one of the many that have made the island their home, and Claire's knowledge and enthusiasm then, illustrated her love and passion for her work. Our tour finished with an optional slide and talk show that we opted to see and found that very interesting. This was carried out in the home that the previous owners, the Atkin Sisters, used to live in during their time on the island that they had purchased. What history of them that Claire knows is very interesting. There are tea and coffee facilities available at a token donation charge, along with the necessary toilet!. In addition, there are books, and apple wine, made from the apples grown on the island, and some very tasty jams, (made by Claire) that you can purchase at very reasonable cost. We have purchased two and can vouch that they are very nice!. To sum up, the weather naturally makes a difference to any visit to the island, and if, in fact, whether the trip boats do run. We have been lucky at all times but would say that even on a dull day the island is still well worth visiting. The charges are not excessive, and for that you get to spend time on a tiny island but with a lot of interesting history. I found Claire, as a guide, friendly, cheerful, very knowledgeable, and a bit like a 'Miranda' character, but that is what makes her as special as the island. John, as a guide, I have yet to experience but from what I have seen of him, I suspect he will live up to expectations and beyond. We will certainly visit again as we are fortunate to live locally, and have enjoyed all our visits to the island. Above all, to visit is to support Cornwall Wildlife Trust. It is a great experience and one that adults and children will enjoy. The terrain on the walk is not really suitable for wheelchair users, as is the boat that takes you across, but if you are able to 'Walk the gangplank' and cock a leg over the side of a boat then you qualify! Check out http://www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk
Written 27 July 2013
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Wladber
Stoke-on-Trent, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
*Enys Lann-Managh* means island of the monk's enclosure in local Cornish dialect. The Looe Island also known as St George's Is and historically, as St Micheal's Is.Its a small island a mile off the mainland (active) fishing town of Looe, Cornwall England. According to legend, (plenty of those hereabouts including tales of Smugglers!) anyway, the local curator at the Museum and Olde 17th century Gaol House, told us Joseph of Arimathea landed here with the child Jesus Christ; as the Tin trade was active in those far off times (pre-Roman) the legend may hold truth.

The island is accessible at certain times of the year, and then only with the okay from CWT (Cornwall Wildlife Trust) who have a Boatman do the rowing honours (motor). CWT carefully manage the coastline wildlife and do a sterling job, andI give small donations wherever and whenever I can.

My Godmother and her hubby and I stayed at the Hannafore Beach 4**** hotel fr a few nights last year, rates B&B were v good (off-season) and splendid lunches and dinners on the Terrace. The rooms were immaculate, view over the sea of a morning, watching the Sun appear on the horizon over the island was truly magical. Parking right in front of hotel (reserved and free!). Sauna and gym okay for re-vitalising the vitals and shakin' the cobwebs out and sand off your feet!
I was goose-bumps all over one morning at breakfast on the Terrace, alfresco, thinking that the tiny island had Jesus and Joseph as visitors.
Not many place like this left to visit now (non-commercialised) and well worth putting on your bucket-list of places to visit this Summer.
Written 14 March 2017
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