The islands of Finistère are ideal for exploring on foot.
Except for Ouessant, the islands are relatively small and generally quite flat, so you can cover the whole island in a single day.
On Île Molène, you can follow the sign-posted path for 3.5km, which will enable you to tour the island in about 1 hour 20 minutes. As you follow this path, be sure to pause regularly so you can enjoy the unspoilt landscapes and perhaps even spot a sunbathing seal or two. You can find details of this circuit in the French Topoguide "Le pays d'Iroise... à pied". The circuit is also available to download.
On the other islands, simply ask at the Tourist Office or Town Hall for details about walking routes and paths. When visiting, you are asked to stay on the paths so that you don’t affect the very fragile flora and fauna of these islands.
Please note: on the Glénan Archipelago, Île Saint-Nicolas has a walk that’s very accessible thanks to its wooden surface.
On your bike!
On a bike, with your face to the open air, you can really make the most of the fabulous island landscapes in Finistère…
Do bear in mind, however, that you can only use a bike on the islands of Ouessant and Batz.
Not all paths are open to cyclists. Simply ask beforehand at the Tourist Offices on Ouessant and Batz to check which routes you can use.
We would also advise that you hire your bike once you’re on these islands rather than taking your own on the boat with you. It’s more practical and also more economical.
When you arrive on the island, you’ll find a few bike-hire centres close to the quayside. Mountain bikes, town bikes, for children and adults alike and even with a baby seat if you need one – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
If you come to Ouessant by plane, you can even request that your bikes be brought directly to the airport.