Sustainable Island Adventures: Eco-Friendly Ways to Explore the Isle of Wight

Sustainable Island Adventures: Eco-Friendly Ways to Explore the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight, nestled just off the southern coast of England, is a delight for holidaymakers. Its stunning landscapes, charming villages, and rich history make it an ideal destination for a relaxing getaway.

However, in today’s world, it’s essential to consider the impact of our travels on the environment. Fortunately, the Isle of Wight offers a wealth of sustainable and eco-friendly options to ensure your holiday is as green as the island itself.

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Reusable and Refillable items such as a Water Bottle, Coffee Cup, Lunch Boxes, Bamboo Cutlery & Utensils, Shopping Bag, reef safe sunscreen and solid toiletries. These eco-friendly options all help reduce your carbon-footprint.

Get there by Train and Ferry

Start your journey by taking a train to one of the ferry terminals in Portsmouth, Southampton, or Lymington. From there, you can hop on a Wight Link or Red Funnel ferry to the Island. Wight Link have the Green Solent Project – an initiative to protect the land, air and sea that surrounds us and Red Funnel has pledged to reduce their environmental footprint by reducing air pollution, single-use plastics and wasteful packaging whilst supporting recycling and other sustainable travel initiatives. 

And lets not forget, travelling by train and ferry is a relaxing and scenic way to reach the island without the hassle of driving.

Getting Around the Island

Public Transport

The Isle of Wight boasts a reliable and comprehensive public transport system. Southern Vectis operates a network of buses that can take you to almost any corner of the island. They offer several convenient ticket options, including multi-day passes that provide unlimited travel across the island. The buses are comfortable and offer stunning views of the island’s landscapes.


For those who love to Cycle, bring your own bike on the ferry or rent one from several local businesses, such as Wight Cycle Hire or Wight Bikes. For those who prefer a little extra help, electric bike rentals are also available, making it easy to tackle the island’s hills.


The Isle of Wight is a walker’s paradise, with over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths. Whether you’re interested in a leisurely stroll along the coast or a challenging hike up the downs, there’s a trail for you. Walking allows you to experience the island’s diverse landscapes up close and at your own pace.

Electric Vehicle Hire

If you need a vehicle for part of your trip but still want to stay eco-friendly, consider hiring an electric car. 

Eco-Friendly Accommodation

Tiny Homes Holidays

Tiny Homes Holidays embraces the philosophy of going green with style. Every detail is crafted to minimise environmental impact while providing guests with genuine luxury and comfort.

Situated near Cowes, the small enterprise resides in a natural meadow adjacent to ancient woodland. This serene location allows guests to fully relax and immerse themselves in nature, while still being only minutes away from Cowes harbour town. 

Tom's Eco Lodges @ Tapnell Farm

Tapnell Farm is another fantastic option for eco-conscious visitors. This former dairy farm has been transformed into an eco-friendly holiday destination with glamping pods, safari tents, and eco-lodges. The farm is powered by renewable energy, and their restaurant, The Cow Co., focuses on locally-sourced and sustainable produce. Tapnell Farm also offers a variety of outdoor activities, including wildlife tours, to promote environmental awareness.

Eco Friendly Cottages

Many of the holiday cottage booking sites now have properties listed from owners taking various steps to support sustainability, from sourcing local produce for welcome hampers to subscribing to green energy tariffs and installing efficient heating systems. Look out for the eco-cottages listed on booking platforms.

Eco-Friendly Activities

Cycling and Walking

As mentioned, cycling and walking are excellent ways to explore the island sustainably. Trails like the Isle of Wight Coastal Path and the Red Squirrel Trail offer breathtaking views and a chance to immerse yourself in nature.

Kayaking and Paddle-boarding

Get out on the water with eco-friendly activities like kayaking and paddle-boarding. Companies like Adventure Activities Isle of Wight provide equipment rentals and guided tours, ensuring you can enjoy the island’s coastline without harming the environment.

Visiting Sustainable Attractions

Check out local attractions that are focused on sustainability, such as The Garlic Farm who are carbon neutral and has an electrical charging point. Or, perhaps a trip to the beautiful Quarr Abbey where they are constantly trying to reduce their environmental impact by using biodegradable packaging, choosing environmentally friendly cleaning products and installing solar panels to supply electricity to their tea shop. They also support local businesses and make the most of the homegrown produce the Quarr Gardeners grow.

Eating out on the Island

Many local restaurants prioritise sourcing ingredients from nearby farms and fishermen, ensuring fresh, seasonal, and organic produce fill their menus. By eating out at restaurants who prioritise sourcing locally, diners contribute to reducing carbon footprints and promoting the island's agricultural economy. Some venues have embraced composting food waste and using biodegradable packaging and focus on minimising single-use plastics. Opting for plant-based or locally-sourced seafood dishes further enhances sustainability efforts. 
Supporting Local and Sustainable Businesses.

In Summary

By choosing the Isle of Wight, holidaymakers can enjoy a memorable and picturesque vacation while contributing to environmental preservation and supporting a community dedicated to sustainable living.

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