Not strictly an island, this peninsula of South Eastern Dorset is an area made up of beautiful natural landscape. Approximately 60 square miles of land, it is mostly, but not completely, surrounded by water.
An ideal place for those who like the outdoors, the sandy beaches of Swanage and Studland may tempt you if you wish to relax and soak up the sun. Walkers and nature lovers will also have plenty of days out to choose too, with Durlston Country Park and the peaceful Brownsea Island being located within the Isle of Purbeck. Both are full of wildlife spotting opportunities, with Brownsea Island being famous for the elusive and rare red squirrel.
A visit to the town of Swanage is like stepping back in time to the Victorian era. It has a peaceful beach, and is a good area for walking. The Steam Railway, and day boat trips make it an excellent seaside destination. The market town of Wareham makes for an interesting visit too - its monthly farmers market is not to be missed, or take a river cruise to enjoy the scenery.
The historical ruins of Corfe Castle is certainly worth seeing, as is the beautiful village of Corfe, which has a lovely model village, several quaint shops and a station for the Swanage Railway.