couple looking towards Roscoff from harbour promenade, Brittany, France

24 hours in Roscoff

Only have a limited amount of time to spend in and around Roscoff? Here are our top things that you shouldn't miss while in the area.

Roscoff is a picturesque fishing village known for the beautiful Ile de Batz just off its coast. Head to the island to enjoy botanical gardens and pretty beaches or wander around Roscoff town, home of the Onion Johnnies.

For those looking for a quiet scenic trip enjoying some of Brittany's pretty coastline and charming towns, or those interested in learning more about Brittany's maritime heritage, Roscoff is the perfect place from which to explore.

Here's an example itinerary of what you could do with your day in Roscoff...

What can I do in a day in Roscoff?

08:00 Arrive in Roscoff and head to one of its cafés or bakeries for a delicious French breakfast.

08:45 Enjoy a quiet wander around the town as it comes to life and head down towards the beach to the jetty to take the ferry across to the tiny, pretty Ile de Batz.

10:00 The ferry crossing to the island takes just 15 minutes.

11:00 With its temperate climate due to its place in the Gulf Stream, the island is perfect for growing a variety of plants in George Delaselle's exotic garden. There's over 2000 plant species here from five continents

12:00 Stop for lunch on the island. There are several crêperies where you can enjoy the Breton speciality of savoury galettes. Finish up with a sumptuous crêpe for dessert!

14:00 Take the ferry back to the mainland.

14:30 Before heading out of town, visit the Onion Johnnies museum to find out about the men who would come selling their onions door to door in Britain from their bicycle.

15:15 Drive south to Morlaix, around 30 minutes away.

15:45 Morlaix has some wonderfully-preserved architecture from the Middle Ages. Head to the Duchess Anne's House and the Maison de Pondalez to discover more about these half-timber houses and their history.

17:00 Wander along the riverside and check out the shops that Morlaix has to offer. It's the perfect place to pick up some Breton gifts. Then pop to the supermarket to stock up on some French goodies

19:00 Enjoy dinner in Morlaix by the riverside at one of Morlaix's restaurants. You'll find several in the shadow of the viaduct, making for a lovely view.

20:30 Drive back to Roscoff in time for your sailing home.

Getting there: With daily sailings from Plymouth to Roscoff throughout most of the year, Roscoff is an ideal day trip destination.

Where is our port in Roscoff? It's just a few minutes from the centre of the picturesque town. Get directions and find out more about the facilities at the port.

Roscoff and places nearby

Visit the cathedral at St Pol de Leon or the medieval town of Morlaix. In Brest, you'll discover the world's marine life at Oceanopolis.

Colourful boats at the port in Roscoff © Shutterstock



Flowers and boats in Morlaix marina, Brittany, France



Beach at St Pol de Léon © Yannick le Gal, BRTC



A photo of the Château de Brest from across the river