Becky Wilmshurst March 13 2024

Whilst the mainland of the UK is home to some of the most renowned walking trails, there’s something truly special about the islands.

What better way to explore dramatic cliffs, remote beaches, and idyllic villages than an unforgettable island walking holiday?

Absolute Escapes has been organising self-guided walking adventures for two decades. Read on to discover our favourite island escapes.


Arran Coastal Way

Referred to as ‘Scotland in Minature’, the Arran Coastal Way has a little bit of everything. Think rolling hills, magical forests, and gorgeous coastline.

The route starts and finishes in the island’s main village, Brodick, before venturing through an incredible diversity of landscapes and charming coastal villages.

Not limited to its ever-changing coastline, Arran is home to renowned whisky distilleries, ancient stone circles and fabulous places to eat and drink. This accessible yet wild island could be the perfect island trail.


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Skye Trail

For experienced walkers, the Skye Trail is an unbeatable way to get off-the-beaten-track and experience this iconic Scottish island.

Covering 80 miles (128 km) of challenging terrain, the trail comprises some of Skye’s finest landscapes, including the remarkable Trotternish Ridge and The Cuillin, known to be some of the finest British mountains.

The Skye Trail is not waymarked and many sections do not have a designated path, meaning the walk should be tackled by experienced walkers who can judge the conditions and are confident using maps and a compass. For those up for the challenge, the Skye Trail is an unforgettable experience.


Isle of Wight Coastal Path 

Situated just off England’s south coast, the Isle of Wight is a superb year-round walking destination.

The start and finish of the 67 mile (108 km) coastal path is the Victorian seaside resort of Ryde, with its expanse of sandy beach stretching right along the seafront. As soon as you arrive you’ll be on ‘island time’ and ready to take on the challenge that lies ahead – an exhilarating loop around the island’s coastline.

On the way you’ll visit towering white cliffs, historical gems, and bustling seaside resorts, as well as the island’s most famous landmark of The Needles.


Jersey Coastal Path

Offering British familiarity with a French flair, there is a lot to love about the largest of the Channel Islands. Expect sun-soaked beaches, vibrant villages, and breathtaking coastline.

Starting and ending in St Helier, the island’s bustling capital, the trail loops clockwise around the island. En route you’ll discover stunning St Brelade’s Bay, the famous lighthouse at La Corbière, and spectacular Mont Orgueil Castle in Gorey – as well as hidden coves and fantastic seafood shacks.

Enjoy the Jersey mode de vie as you explore this relaxed yet exciting island.


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Guernsey Coastal Path

Another unmissable Channel Islands adventure, this magical trail guides walkers around the circumference of Guernsey – passing soaring cliffs, rocky headlands, and sandy beaches. Dotted along the shoreline are picturesque fishing villages with charming places to stay, eat and drink.

Guernsey is steeped in history, with castles, churches, ancient monuments, and fortifications that now make great attractions.

With the island surrounded by crystal clear waters, who could resist going in for a swim or paddle? Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore Cobo Bay, Vazon Bay, and Pembroke Bay. The beautiful beaches and mild weather make for some beautiful golden sunsets.


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Anglesey Coastal Path

The Isle of Anglesey, once called the Mother of Wales, has bags of character. The 140-mile Coastal Path has earned the distinction of being designated a National Landscape, with a harmonious blend of pristine sand dunes, hidden coves, and quaint villages nestled alongside rugged cliff-tops.

The region truly comes alive in spring when the coast is adorned with a colourful carpet of wildflowers, making it a sight to behold.

The trail will take you past some of the most iconic landmarks in Wales, including South Stack Lighthouse. Perched on a rugged cliff amongst the crashing waves, the lighthouse offers stellar views and is a great spot for birdwatching.


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Ready for an island adventure?

If you’re interested in embarking on an island walking holiday, please get in touch and our friendly and knowledgeable Travel Specialists will be delighted to assist you.

Becky Wilmshurst

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