Looe Island is one of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s marine nature reserve and the waters around it are teeming with life. It provides a quiet haven for wildlife, with a variety of habitats including woodland, maritime grassland, sand, shingle and rocky reef.
In order to protect the special marine wildlife from disturbance, visitors are not permitted on Looe Island, with the exception of a few official organised visits each year.
Disturbance can seriously affect the health and wellbeing of marine widlife. Please respect the ‘No Landing’ signs and stay well away from rocks that are used by marine birds and mammals at all times. You can find out more on the Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code website.
Please report any incidents of wildlife disturbance to the Disturbance Hotline: 0345 201 2626
Aside from the fantastic wildlife, the Island is also seeped in history. Aside from the stories of smuggling and piracy, there is also a marked trail around the island that takes in the site of a of a Benedictine chapel built in 1139 at the highest point (150 m) which, legend has it, Joseph of Arimathea came to visit.
The island was kindly bequeathed to the Trust in 2004 following the passing of the Atkins sisters.
For more information about how to visit Looe Island, visit our Things To Do section.