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Isle of Wight in top 25 UK destinations

Fri 21 May 2010

Isle of Wight in top 25 UK destinations

The Isle of Wight has been ranked in the top 25 of the best UK holiday destinations.

A study by Virgin Money placed the Isle of Wight in 24th place, only just behind London and beating off competition from popular city break locations such as Edinburgh, Belfast, York and Bath.

It was also the best UK island according to Virgin Money, with the Channel Islands, the Isle of Skye and the Shetlands all placing well below the Isle of Wight.

The island was praised for its beaches in particular, which won a whole host of awards at the recent Keep Britain Tidy Blue Flag and Quality Coast Awards (QCAs).

Three of the island's beaches - those located at Ventnor, Sandown and Shanklin - were named Blue Flag beaches, while many more were awarded QCAs.

Colwell, Cowes and Gurnard beaches were among these, along with stretches of sand situated at Springvale and Yaverland.

Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for tourism George Brown described the island's beaches as "stunning".

Posted by Adam Pearson ADNFCR-3083-ID-19791654-ADNFCR

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