Monday, April 26, 2021
The 10 most populous islands of the British Isles (and have I been?)
1) Great Britain (60,800,000): Yes, I have lived 99.3% of my life on this island.
2) Ireland (6,600,000): Yes, but only for a long weekend in Dublin.
3) Portsea Island (207,000): Yes, I have been to Portsmouth at least a dozen times (but never stayed overnight).
4) Isle of Wight (142,000): Hell yes, including a full week's holiday in 1971.
5) Isle of Man (83,000): Yes, for a short break in 2014.
6) Anglesey (59,000): Yes, but only for a brief trip to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
7) Isle of Sheppey (40,000): Yes, three times, once for a job interview (which thankfully I didn't get).
8) Canvey Island (38,000): Yes, I think three times (once unwillingly).
9) Lewis/Harris (21,000): Yes, for an unforgettable week in 2006.
10) Mainland (Shetland) (19,000): No, this is the most populous British island I have never been to.
...followed by Hayling Island, Mainland (Orkney), Holy Island (Anglesey), Walney Island, Skye, Mersea Island✓, Bute✓, Arran, Islay and Mull.
If you consider the Channel Islands to be part of the British Isles then Jersey would be 5th (108,000) and Guernsey 7th (63,000). I have only been to the latter.
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