We’re moving from the sea to the sky in the next Pocket Adventure from Wightlink, to let you know how the Isle of Wight can be enjoyed from ‘on high’.

The Island’s stunning scenery, epic coastline and wide open spaces take on a whole new dimension when you view them from above. So why not take off and absorb the sights from a little higher up? Climb a tree, paraglide the skies, trial being a pilot or hop on the Needles Landmark Attraction chairlift and enjoy the Island from the skies.

If you would like to get in as much airtime as possible on a day trip to the Island, read more for our recommendations on how you could spend your day.

1) Airborne adventures

Isle of Wight paragliding

Join the experienced instructors at High Adventure Paragliding and spend a day flying the skies, with highly qualified professionals to guide you. The Isle of Wight is perfectly positioned to get more than its fair share of excellent flying weather conditions due to its southerly position.

With over eight flying sites on the Island, this is the perfect way to see the Island all at once, and have an adventure you’ll always remember at the same time.

For those of you who have always dreamed of becoming a pilot, the Isle of Flight Microlights offer trial lessons so that you can give flying a go. You’ll experience true freedom and enjoy all the breath-taking aerial views the Isle of Wight has to offer.

2) Explore the tree-tops

Isle of Wight tree tops

Goodleaf Tree Climbing is expert in introducing the magic of tree climbing to all ages – and run a two-hour session that specialises in just that. Clamber up a 40-foot oak and unwind in a tree-top hammock while enjoying stellar views of the Isle of Wight scenery.

Based in the historic Appley Park in Ryde, Goodleaf Tree Climbing is just a 23 minute walk from the Wightlink Ryde terminal (which itself is just a 22 catamaran ride from Portsmouth Station) making it easily to do on a day visit to the Island (or of course as a part of a longer stay).  Afterwards, you can head to nearby Three Buoys restaurant for some excellent food complemented with beautiful views of the Solent to celebrate your Pocket Adventure on the Island.

3) The iconic Needles Landmark attraction

Isle of Wight Needles chair lift

One of the most famous sights in the UK, this is not one to miss! As part of a fantastic day out seeing this beautiful natural phenomenon, you can hop on a chairlift and travel from top of the Alum Bay cliffs to Alum Bay beach. The Needles Landmark Attraction offers a great way to experience the spectacular views of the Needles and Lighthouse, and you can catch the multi-coloured sand-cliffs on your way down, too.

With three fantastic options to see the Isle of Wight from a birds-eye view, it’s easy to plan a fantastic day out in the skies of the Island. Just a quick journey across the Solent and you’ll be flying!


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