Visiting Looe Island


Sitting just off the beach at Hannafore, West Looe, the island, also known as St George’s Island, is one of Looe’s biggest attractions. Owned by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, visitors can access the island by boat during the season, or take a cruise around it on one of the many boats trips that leave the harbour regularly, weather and tide permitting.

The Trust runs the island as a nature reserve with many nesting birds including the largest colony of great black-back gulls in Cornwall. It is also the best place in the area to catch sight of a grey seal, with several making the waters off the seaward side their home throughout the summer months.

Legend has it that Christ visited the island as a boy whilst trading for tin with Joseph of Arimathea, and the remains of a chapel built by the monks of Glastonbury can still be seen on the islands summit. Stories also claim that a tunnel links the island to the mainland, but this has never been found and apart from a couple of times a year when tides are very low and you can paddle out, the only way is by boat.

So, this year, why not make an effort to visit Looe Island? You won’t be disappointed.


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