England's largest island, the Isle of Wight, sits a short sea crossing over the Solent from the southern mainland coast of the United Kingdom. It has been enjoyed as a holiday and short break destination since the 18th Century.
'The Island', as it is known, is just approximately 23 miles long from the most easterly point near Bembridge to the famous landmark of the Needles stacks and lighthouse which sits on its western tip. The internationally renowned sailing town of Cowes sits at the northern point of the diamond-shaped island and the most southerly point is marked by another lighthouse 13 miles away at St Catherine’s. The total area of the Isle of Wight is approximately 147 square miles and almost half has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Isle of Wight has 57 miles of coastline available to explore. You are never more than a few miles from the sea wherever you are on the Island. Each coast is very different in character and range from river estuaries to soaring cliffs, with secluded coves perfect for rock-pooling and beautiful beaches for swimming and sunbathing in the summer months.
It could not be easier to travel to the Island from the ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington in the New Forest. There are regular services every day to the Isle of Wight which range from the HoverTravel hovercraft service (10 minutes from Southsea) to large vehicle ferries operated by Wightlink and Red Funnel. Click here for more detail on traveling to and from the Isle of Wight.
For more specific information about the Isle of Wight and its resident services we recommend a visit to iwight.com.