Summer getaway: The cheapest UK islands for a staycation right now – full list

Simon Calder offers advice on booking staycations for 2021

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Britons looking to stay in the country this summer may feel as if their options are limited, with last-minute getaways filling up fast and popular destinations almost all fully booked, or so expensive they may as well be.

According to experts, the cost of staycations has soared by more than a third (35 percent).

Planning an affordable trip may seem an impossible task for Britons, but there is no need to go overseas for a cheap island trip, with plenty of options around the UK.

Mobile money app Monese has looked at the best places to go for a week-long, affordable island staycation this summer, with destinations for singles, couples, and families.

The company looked at travel and accommodation costs, and while they are not the only expenses on a holiday, grabbing a cheaper deal on both should please bargain-hunters

What are the cheapest island staycations for solo travellers?
For a week, the Isles of Scilly comes up at £126.90 per person, with travel and accommodation included.

Other destinations to consider are the Isle of Man, Isle of Arran, Isle of Wight and Jersey in the Channel Islands. 

Top 10 cheapest UK islands for one-week staycation this summer – solo travellers
1. Isles of Scilly (St. Mary’s), Cornwall – from £126.90
2. Isle of Man, Channel Islands – from £262.90
3. Isle of Arran, Scotland – from £280.20
4. Isle of Wight – from £310.80
5. Jersey, Channel Islands – from £316.00
6. Shetland Islands, Scotland – from £351.00
7. Isle of Skye, Scotland – from £434.20
8. Orkney Islands, Scotland – from £452.00
9. Isle of Bute, Scotland – from £496.70
10. Isle of Lewis, Scotland – from £510.00

What are the cheapest island staycations for couple and people travelling with a friend?
The Isles of Scilly come up on top yet again, costing £253.80 per couple for a weeklong getaway including travel.

Scotland features heavily on the list too, with Arran and Skye in the top five, and four more spots in the bottom five of the top 10.

Top 10 cheapest UK islands for one-week staycation this summer – couples (based on two adults sharing)
1. Isles of Scilly (St. Mary’s), Cornwall – from £253.80
2. Isle of Arran, Scotland – from £370.40
3. Isle of Skye, Scotland – from £488.40
4. Isle of Man, Channel Islands – from £509.00
5. Isle of Wight – from £515.60
6. Jersey, Channel Islands – from £624.00
7. Orkney Islands, Scotland – from £638.00
8. Isle of Bute, Scotland – from £643.40
9. Shetland Islands, Scotland – from £646.00
10. Isle of Lewis, Scotland – from £810.00

What are the cheapest island staycations for families?
For a family of four (two adults and two children), the Isles of Scilly are the clear winners.

Scilly grabbed the top spot in all categories and is the best bargain island getaway in the UK for everyone.

Top 10 cheapest UK islands for one-week staycation this summer – families (two adults, two children)
1. Isles of Scilly (St. Mary’s), Cornwall – from £396.80
2. Shetland Islands, Scotland – from £717.00
3. Isle of Man, Channel Islands – from £797.00
4. Orkney Islands, Scotland – from £845.00
5. Isle of Skye, Scotland – from £858.60
6. Isle of Bute, Scotland – from £895.20
7. Clare Island, Ireland – from £922.00
8. Isle of Arran, Scotland – from £1,012.60
9. Isle of Wight – from £1,025.40
10. Jersey, Channel Islands – from £1,230.00
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