Looe Island information
A mile offshore from Hannafore Point is the densely wooded Looe Island (officially known as St George's Island), a 22-acre nature reserve and a haven for marine wildlife. The island has been inhabited since the early 12th century, when Benedictine monks established a chapel here. It was subsequently a favoured stash for local smugglers (the island's main house was built by Customs officials to keep a watch for smuggled contraband). In 1965 the island was occupied by Surrey sisters Babs and Evelyn Atkins, who established the nature reserve and lived there for most of their lives. Since 2000 the island has been administered by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, which continues to protect the island's delicate habitat by monitoring visitor numbers.
Between May and September, trips are offered by the Islander from the quayside near the lifeboat station, but they're dependent on the weather and tides. Check the blackboard on the quay for the next sailing times, or call skipper Tim on 07814-139223.