Turn Winter Blues... Red

Dark evenings, long commutes, night after night stuck in front of the TV - winter can leave you feeling a little bit blue. And there’s no better way to beat the winter blues than to get out and enjoy some outdoor activities with friends or family.

And there’s no better place to do this than on the Isle of Wight, where you’ll find every activity imaginable - if you love the outdoors, you’ll love the Isle of Wight!

Whether it’s mountain biking, surfing, kayaking or hiking, when you book with Red Funnel you can take your car and all your gear, and really make the most of this adventure island.

And because the island is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, wherever you walk, ride or sail you’ll find beautiful coastline and countryside. 

Cycling and Mountain Biking

The Lonely Planet has recently placed the Isle of Wight in the top 10 places to cycle in the World. 

The Isle of Wight Mountain Biking Centre in Shorwell offers guided cross-country routes for all abilities, including challenging rides through woods and chalk trails.


With 64 miles of coastline, and excellent beaches, including Freshwater, Compton, Brook, Yaverland and Sandown, you’ll be spoilt for choice – you’ll always be able to find a more sheltered spot, or somewhere with a bit more action.

Whether you’re kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, kitesurfing or windsurfing, there are so many places to enjoy these activities, and to hire gear if you need to.

You can even enjoy a fishing boat charter for you and your friends at Black Rock Charters. Or you can check out what watersports are on offer on the Island.

Sailing and Powerboating

The Isle of Wight has such a powerful sailing and boating heritage, so understandably there are many opportunities to enjoy the sea, including sail and powerboat training and experiences for all ages and levels of experience.

Enjoy a unique experience sailing with friends and family on a 100 year old classic yacht at First Class Sailing.

Walking & Hiking

With over 500 miles of coastal and inland footpaths across an Area of Outstanding ~natural Beauty, the Isle of Wight is heaven for keen walkers and hikers.


There are 10 excellent golf courses on the Island, so you can play a different one every day of the week, and still not play them all. You’ll find something to suit all abilities.

Horse Riding

The Isle of Wight boasts some of the best beaches and countryside trails in the UK, with over 165 miles of bridleways to explore, set in the most beautiful scenery... perfect for riding.

Visit The Island Riding School who have a range of excellent facilities including luxury holiday accommodation and safari tents, and superb indoor and outdoor riding arenas, top quality livery and modern stables complex.

Places to Stay

As you’d expect, the Island has a host of varied and interesting places to stay, from traditional hotels and B&Bs, to apartments, villas,cottages and unique places to stay, and you can book them all with Red Funnel.


Eating and Drinking Out

When you’ve finished your day’s activities you’ll find a great choice of places to get a drink or meal, from cosy pubs to stylish restaurants, and everything in between. Visit Taste of the Wight to get some inspiration.