Tristan da Cunha

Viewed from the sea, it is dominated by the mountain, while its only settlement presents an attractive picture of freshly painted, colourful houses.

Widely billed as the most remote inhabited island in the world, Tristan da Cunha has something of the air of a Scottish island in the middle of the South Atlantic. Viewed from the sea, it is dominated by the mountain, while its only settlement presents an attractive picture of freshly painted, colourful houses.

Church of St Joseph Tristan da Cunha by Adrian Turner
St Joseph’s Church in The Settlement is dwarfed by the volcanic backdrop © Adrian Turner

Within the Tristan archipelago are the neighbouring islands of Inaccessible and Nightingale, and the small Stoltenhoff and Middle or Alex islands, all of which are uninhabited, whereas the more distant island of Gough, some 218 miles (350km) away, has an inhabited weather station. The islands have a very distinctive flora and fauna, and are an important breeding ground for seabirds.