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Around the Island

Download a printable Map of Isle of Wight.  For more maps of the Isle of Wight please click here or visit our maps and souvenirs section to see Isle of Wight maps available to buy.

By Car - Island roads are well signposted and many have outstanding views. A number of roads are narrow, so please observe the speed limit and look for the brown signs directing you to attractions.

By Train - Island Line trains operate from Ryde Pier to Shanklin, via Ryde Esplanade, Brading, Sandown and Lake. The Isle of Wight Steam Railway connects with Island Line at Smallbrook Station. Rover Tickets can also be used on the Island line trains.

Timetable information is available from the National Rail Enquiry line Tel 08457 484950

By Bus - Island-wide bus services are operated by Southern Vectis. Superb views are to be had from the top deck of a double decker. In fact all our buses are great for getting about and seeing the Island. Buy a Southern Vectis Rover Ticket and 'go-where-you-please'. Complete relaxation and no parking worries!

They give unlimited travel for 1 day, 2 days, 7 days or 30 days on almost all Southern Vectis Buses and at the same time save you money. Contact: Bus Enquiry Helpline: 0871 200 22 33.

There is also an additional bus service linking Sandown train station to the rest of the town, including the beaches and attractions. The "Sandhopper" runs from April to October, click here for the full timetable.

Cycle Hire   How about exploring the Island by Cycle? Venture a little off the beaten track and you will be rewarded with scenery that will take your breath away. Most parts of the Island can be reached by a network of over 500 miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes, for which the Island has achieved national recognition by the Countryside Commission.

Horseriding  - There are a number of excellent riding schools on the Isle of Wight where you can mount up for the day. This is a wonderful way to explore the many paths and bridleways that straddle the Island.

By Air - There are lots of ways to see the Island from the air, and have great fun doing it. You can go a pleasure flight by plane or helicopter, or you can throw yourself into the joys of paragliding along the coast, or hang gliding off a hillside.

By Water - It's stating the obvious but we are an Island and there's more than enough water to go round. Enjoy the waters by taking a cruise or even try your hand at sailing.