Home to a colony of cormorants, the island is joined to the shore unless the water is very high.
Fir Island is actually joined to the shore unless the water is very high.
It’s home to a colony of cormorants. A large and conspicuous waterbird, the cormorant has an almost primitive appearance with its long neck making it appear reptilian. It is often seen standing with its wings held out to dry
The Lake District has been a source of inspiration to many writers in the past including Arthur Ransome who lived in Coniston 1930-67 and used settings from Windermere and Coniston Water for his Swallows and Amazons books. Ransome lived in a house on the opposite shore to Fir Island for about six years.
How to get here:
Hire a boat from Coniston Boating Centre