Ile de Sein
Let’s start with the smallest, the Ile de Sein, renowned for its response to the call to action of June 1940. Take a day trip to this tiny piece of land and walk from the village to Goulenez lighthouse facing the Raz de Sein. The sandy beach is an ideal picnic spot unless you prefer the heathland. Continue exploring the island on foot, stopping at artists’ studios here and there to admire their works.
Ile de Batz
Further north, opposite Roscoff, lies the slightly larger Ile de Batz, with its tropical plants collected by Georges Delaselle for his garden, which are reminiscent of the oueds and oases of Morocco. Take a bike ride around the island, still a centre for farming, which offers visitors an exceptionally warm welcome. It is an ideal place for water sports especially sea kayaking and dinghy sailing between the rocks between Roscoff and the island.
Ile de Molène
Molène tries in vain to keep a low profile, but is well worth a visit to admire the diversity of its wildlife along the coastal footpath. Here you are within the Parc Naturel Marin d’Iroise and the Parc Naturel d’Armorique, right at the heart of nature, and with the wind as an added bonus. Molène is one of the Îles du Ponant, a string of 9 small islands and 9 islets, a marvellous area for sailing enthusiasts. The Musée du Drummond Castle is a museum devoted the courage shown by the islanders in the face of raging seas for which they were thanked by Queen Victoria. The island is home to many seals, just like the coast of Scotland. Visitors are welcomed simply and without fuss. A little further out to sea lies the island of Ouessant (Ushant).