- Nearest national cycle network
- The correct spelling is 'Wight' rather than 'White', but experts don't all agree why this word was adopted after the Romans left in the 5th Century AD
- Osborne House in East Cowes was the home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
- Robert Hooke (1635-1703), the famous scientist, philosopher, inventor and astronomer was born in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight in the road that now bears his name, Hooke Hill.
- The Isle of Wight is famed for its garlic growing! The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is held in August in the rolling green hills just outside of Newchurch.
- The first Cowes Regatta was held in 1812
A word from the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight has been England’s holiday island for generations. Our stunning coastal scenery and picturesque rural villages provide an unspoilt backdrop to a staggering diversity of special night-stays and year-round adventures.
Ride the Dinosaur bus across the Island in spring, thread the Needles by paddleboard under summer skies, hear the crunch of autumn leaves under your tyres on a 3-day cycle tour, or simply sit beside a pub fireplace after a winter walk. It really is an island for all seasons.
A festival island, where Tennyson and Lewis Carroll found inspiration and the arts is always close to the heart. From top authors at the Literary Festival to rock heroes at Bestival and the historic Isle of Wight Festival, there is more than one way to take a journey of self-discovery here.
Lonely Planet named us as one of the world’s top ten cycle routes and now “Bicycle Island” is waiting for you, with a suite of over 150 miles of waymarked bike routes. Choose from a Red Squirrel family rail trail, a country lane foodie tour, to a “Chalk Ridge Extreme” mountain bike ride. There is a themed multi-day route to suit your interest here.
Just over two hours train ride from London and yet a world away, it’s getting even easier for visitors to leave their cars behind when they come abroad to the Isle of Wight. A place with a strong heritage of green transport options, from hovercraft to open top buses, we have always provided more variety here and it’s getting better for green travellers every year.
Significant investment from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund is now providing bike racks in buses, newly surfaced off-road cycle routes and is even pump-priming investment in an exciting new array of cycle tourism services. From electric bike hire to pedicabs, “Rover” bus tickets to baggage transfer for walkers and cyclists, it’s never been easier to “Drive Less, See More” on the Isle of Wight.
Islands have a way of giving green thinking an extra edge. Whether it’s providing a solid market for a high-quality food producer, or helping it make sense to invest in the local community first, that strip of water brings challenges but real advantages too. A warm welcome to all green travellers from a magical place that Queen Victoria simply called THE Island.
David Thornton, Chief Executive, Visit Isle of Wight
A word from Southern Vectis
Welcome to the Isle of Wight, home of one of the most comprehensive bus networks in the UK. Whereever you are travelling on the island, we are likely to have a bus going your way at a time to suit you.
Southern Vectis operate a comprehensive network of bus services linking all major towns on the island and many of the villages and attractions en route. Buses run from early until late, seven days per week, 365 days per year on a core network of nine routes. There are even late night bus services until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights on many routes.
During the spring and summer months, seasonal services link attractions and provide fabulous views across the island on a network of routes. The Needles and Downs breezers offer breathtaking views from the comfort of an open top bus. The Island Coaster route links many of the island attractions whilst also being a great way to enjoy the fantastic scenery of the island coastline. You can take your bike on the Island Coaster route too, giving the opportunity to hop on and off where ever it suits.
Our buses are not only green in colour but eco-friendly too for the green traveller. We continuously invest in new vehicles providing some of the lowest emissions from one of the newest bus fleets in the country. Each of our buses is saving up to eighty cars from the road and with the comprehensive network of services the car can have a break too and stay at home on the drive.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Isle of Wight and on board Southern Vectis.
Matt Kitchin, General Manager, Southern Vectis
Videos of travelling to and around the Isle of Wight without a car