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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 off 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 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.
People 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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  • We finally realised our long-held ambition to visit Looe (St. Georges) Island and it was well worth waiting for. Despite the island's proximity to Looe, it can be a difficult place to access so we cou...  more »
  • Looe in Cornwall is a lovely place in its self, But visit Looe island its like another world. Catch the small boat over to the island from Looe harbour a lovely boat trip, Looe island is always what i...  more »
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  • Not been but anything that costs 40 quid for 4 people to just get across the water isn't worth the hassle. £7 per head for anyone over 10 and £4 per head landing fee??? Enjoy the bubbly as I won't be contributing to your caviar canapes.
  • poorly presented island and no what so ever confident staff
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