Roa Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
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Roa Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

9/10
UniquenessThe sunset watched here, how different is it from the others?
9/10
VisibilityIs the sunset likely to be seen from the location?
5/10
AccessibilityHow easy is it to get to the location? ("-" means the location cannot be revisited at will)
10/10
CrowdHow busy is the location? ("-" means the location has no public access or I was on the move)
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OverallIs this location worth a sunset visit?

Roa Island lies just over half a mile (1 km) south of the village of Rampside at the southernmost point of the Furness Peninsula in Cumbria. It is one of the Islands of Furness in northern England. It has an area of about three hectares. The island’s population stands at around 100, making it the 16th most populated island in England.

Roa Island has a population of about one hundred. Despite its moderate area it boasts a yacht club, a former hotel (the Roa Island Hotel built in 1849 and originally called the Pier Hotel), and a cafe, within which enquiries can be made about the ferry to Piel Island. Overlooking the sea with a south-facing aspect is Villa Marina. This house was built for the Furness industrialist H.W. Schneider as a holiday residence. Over the years it has served as a fisheries investigation laboratory and as army premises during World War II. It is now a hotel. On the lawn are seven cannon pointing out to sea. Other interesting buildings include Trinity Terrace, a row of terraced houses built to provide accommodation for the ten Trinity House pilots; and The Watch Tower, a former Customs and Excise House built in 1847.

  • With many yachts and shipwrecks here, this little island is a hidden gem for creative sunset photography.
  • Really good visibility to the sunset without disturbance.
  • Has to come here by car.
  • There won’t be any crowd at all.
Roa Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
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Roa Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
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Roa Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
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Roa Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
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Roa Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
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Location of the Sunset