Looe

The historic twin towns of East and West Looe provide all you could ask for of a holiday in Cornwall.  Safe beaches, quality accommodation, a wide choice of restaurants, excellent walking routes, fishing trips and much more.

Whether you come for the culture and history or just to enjoy the beach and the sea, Looe has plenty of choice. The same goes for accommodation. Choose from a tent or a top quality hotel, either way you can wake up in the morning to the cry of the gulls and catch the sun rising over the bay, or choose to stay a little inland on a traditional working farm where you can be guaranteed of a good hearty breakfast, sourced from local ingredients. The choice is yours.

FISHING

Join ‘Out The Blue’  and take a trip with us to distant wrecks to catch pollack, cod, congers and ling. Drift along the inshore banks for brill, bass turbot and plaice. Delight in hard running tope, darting bream, rays and so, much more. A catch and relaease policy is encouraged, however we also have facilities to keep fish in prime condition for the table………. Or how about an exhilarating days shark fishing for blues and porbeagle?!

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FOOD

Talking of food, Looe has one of the largest fishing fleets on the Cornish coast,  and this means that the fish you eat in the many good restaurants is as fresh as you can get. Away from the restaurants, hungry mouths can enjoy fish and chips whilst sat on the quayside or sample a filling Cornish pasty from one of several traditional local bakers. Of course, no holiday beside the sea would be complete without an ice cream and in Looe we have award winning ice creams in a multitude of flavours to suit both young and old alike.

A long history as a port and fishing village means Looe has plenty of pubs in which to spend an enjoyable evening soaking up the atmosphere. A quiet pint in a slate floored, low beamed bar or an up-tempo night with live entertainment, it is your choice.

ON THE BEACH ….OR IN THE WATER

During the day East Looe beach offers safe swimming, sun bathing or perfect sand for budding castle builders.  With all the facilities of the town just behind the beach it makes for an easy relaxing day out with no need to carry tons of supplies miles along paths. Just beyond the main beach, and also at West Looe, the golden sand gives way to rocks and rock pools. Here a whole new world is awaiting those who like exploring, the individual pools changing with every tide. Bright red and green sea anemones wave their many arms in the current whilst tiny shrimps dart for cover under rocks at the slightest movement.

The more intrepid explorer can take to the water with mask and snorkel and join the fish as they swim around the rocks or go even further and spend some time diving on the wrecks that lie scattered along the coast. Amongst these is HMS Scylla, an ex naval frigate, sunk specially in 2004 to become a haven for divers in safe waters just off the coast.

On the water, many of the boatmen offer trips around the bay or up the river. Whilst it may not be common, there is always the chance of seeing a seal or a dolphin playing amongst the waves and if you take a trip on a glass bottom boat, who knows what you might see? Just off the coast lies Looe Island, for many years owned by two sisters, it is now, after their deaths, in the hands of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Operating as a nature reserve, it is possible to take a boat out to the island for a look around during the main season. Other boats offer fishing trips, be it just to catch a few mackerel or to become a big game hunter and go in search of a mighty shark. At the other extreme, children find nothing more entertaining than sitting on the quayside and dangling a line over the edge to catch crabs. All harmless fun as long as you put the crabs back at the end of the day.

Looe panorama