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Exploring the Isle of Wight: by Car

1st May 2014 Published by

One can easily enjoy many sights on the Isle of Wight by travelling either on foot or by bike. But given its size, a truly ideal way to freely and flexibly travel the island and experience all it has to offer is to come with your own car. Many think that this experience would be too expensive or troublesome, but in fact it’s much easier than you think, especially when you’re based at Whitecliff Bay!

ferry-blogWightlink operates daily car and passenger ferry services from Portsmouth to Fishbourne, which is then only a short drive from Whitecliff Bay. During the May Bank Holiday, rates are as low as £70, but prices do vary on time of the year and days of the week. Make sure you book your spot early on – you can even do it online.

The Isle of Wight is actually quite well known for its efficient buses. The advantage of your own car is real freedom on the island. From April to June this year, there is a huge array of events going on all over the island, and getting to these places by car is ideal. First of all there’s “Victoria’s Fabulous Fete,” which runs from the 24th to the 26th of May at Osborne House, the historic summer residence of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Suitable for all ages, there’ll be music, entertainment for the whole family. You can also enjoy nice walks on the private beach, and even take a family portrait to keep as a memento.

For a chance to see there’s the “Round the Island Race,” a huge annual sailing event that attracts some 1,700 boats and sailors from around the world vying for the champion title. This year it’s running on June 21st, with an early start of 6.30am at Cowes. Drive around the island and catch a glimpse of the boats as they circle the island, passing such fantastic sites as the Needles Lighthouse, St. Catherine’s Point, Osborne Bay and many more.

Finally, history buffs should be sure to check out the “Cavaliers and Roundheads” Civil War history event at Carisbrooke Castle running from May 27th to June 1st, each day from 10.00am to 5.00pm.


The Isle of Wight may indeed be small, and some may feel that a car is unnecessary. However, the island holds many secrets that often only locals are privy to.

You can learn more about the hidden gems of the island by exploring the island by car and discovering hidden spots in all corners of the island many tourists miss out on. Browse our website for our best holiday deals and book your spot now.

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