Here’s an inspiring story, when sisters Babs and Evelyn Atkins discovered this island in 1965 they decided they would own it and live on it, and they made it happen. The island can be seen a mile offshore from Looe, and it may look pretty rugged but it was home to the sisters for 40 years.
Officially named St George’s Island, Looe Island can be seen just a mile or so offshore from Looe, and a boat trip for the day is one of the most exciting attractions in Looe and Polperro.The island is small in size, yet home to a wonderful feeling of being away from it all and some beautiful wildlife.
The spectacular Looe Island is a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s easy to understand the two spinsters who fell in love with it and bought it, before living happily there for the next 40 years.
The island can only be accessed by boat and if you visit in summer when it’s warm and beautiful try to imagine living on it during a stormy winter when the shore feels far away. The island has two beaches, a natural rock swimming pool, fishing and palm trees and while those of us who visit can only dream of living on it full time it’s still a fantastic day out.