Piel Island is a half mile off the southern tip of the Furness Peninsular. It is owned by the people of Barrow, gifted to them in the early twentieth century and has its own appointed ‘king’, the landlord of the island’s only pub, The Ship Inn. Intrigued? Well you can get there by ferry in the summer – or if you are very careful across the causeway at low tide from Walney Island.
Once you are there there’s a ruined castle (apparently if you pre-book you can camp in its shadows), a beach often occupied by the many species of nesting bird and of course the pub which is said to be over 300 years old.