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Piel Island


Piel Island

Piel Island aerial photoPiel Island has a long and interesting history and is of considerable importance in the local area both because of its links to Furness Abbey and as a major deep water harbour. 

It has a castle managed by English Heritage and a pub, The Ship Inn

The island hosts a large programme of events throughout the summer.  For up to date information on these and more information about Piel Island visit

One of the most enduring aspects of the Ship Inn is the tradition of the king and knights of Piel. The tradition holds that each new landlord is crowned "King of Piel" in a ceremony of uncertain origin, in which they sit in an ancient chair, wearing a helmet and holding a sword while alcohol is poured over their head.   By the 19th Century it had become an important aspect of the islands history to such an extent that responsibility for looking after the helmet and chair fell within the tenancy agreement. 

The island is a historic site and a site of special scientific interest.  Visitors can ramble amongst the castle ruins and stroll along the beach but are asked to respect the built and natural environment of this special place.  Camping outside the designated camping areas and Open fires are not permitted on the island.

Piel is an offshore island.  There are ferries to Piel Island in the summer, or it is possible to walk across the sands, with a local guide at low tide.  Details of how to get to Piel Island.