Brittany remains one of France’s most untamed and vast territories. We spent a lovely two weeks camping there in 2017, and we still only saw a couple of tiny corners. One of the striking things about the Brittany coast is that it conjures a sensation of standing on the edge of the world.
You can stay in Brest as a hub for discovering the region. But step away from the mainland to visit one of the islands off the coast…and you’ll really feel like you’re standing on the precipice. One of the best islands to get this experience is Ouessant (or Ushant in the Breton language).
To get there, take a boat from either Brest (2.5 hours) or the seaside village of Le Conquet. Once on the island, either set out on foot or get some electric bikes and explore the small roads that traverse the moors and heather while passing through tiny hamlets. There are also several notable lighthouses, including the Créac’h and Le Stiff, the latter built in 1695 by France’s resident busybody architect Vauban.
The island has a cultural affinity with Scotland and even has its own official tartan. And later this year, a new 4-star hotel and spa will open on the island if you prefer pampering after exploring the wilds.