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Looe Island, Looe
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Looe Island, also known as St George's Island, and historically St Michael's Island is a small island a mile from the mainland town of Looe in Cornwall, England.According to local legend, Joseph of Arimathea landed here with the child Christ. Some scholars, including Glyn Lewis, suggest the island could be as Ictis, the location described by Diodorus Siculus as a centre for the tin trade in pre-Roman Britain.The island is now owned and managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust charity where access is carefully managed for the benefit of wildlife and landing is only possible via the Cornwall Wildlife Trust authorized boatman. The waters around the island are a marine nature reserve and form part of the Looe Voluntary Marine Conservation Area . First established in 1995, the Looe VCMA covers nearly 5 km of coastline and aims to protect the coastal and marine wildlife around Looe.HistoryPeople have been living on Looe Island since the Iron Age. Evidence of early habitation includes pieces of Roman amphorae as well as stone boat anchors and Roman coins. In the Dark Ages, the island was used a seat of early Christian settlement. The child Jesus was believed to have visited the Island with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, who traded with the Cornish tin traders. Therefore, Looe Island became a place of pilgrimage for early Christians and a small thatched roofed chapel was built there during this time.
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  • A brilliant trip from Looe! About half hour boat trip! Limited numbers allowed at a time to allow you too enjoy a 2hr walk around the completely unspoiled Island! Only 2 Houses on the Island! The youn...  more »
  • At the harbor in Looe numerous pilots offer boat rides in the bay. There are so many that I became wary of their being expensive tourist traps. I cannot speak for the other rides, but the trip to Looe...  more »
  • Anamzing oasis so close to Looe, take the guided tour rather than a self guided one because you will miss so much information and things if you go without a guide. It was agreat afternoon, Claire our ...  more »