Manston, between Herne Bay and Margate, gets many more hours of sunshine a year than Tiree, writes Jonathan Hollow
Although the Scottish island of Tiree looks idyllic (White sand, sunny skies and no midges, Travel, 29 July), the claim that it basks in “more hours of sunlight than just about any other location in the British Isles” caught my eye, as sunshine is our speciality here in East Kent. I find that from the Met Office tables, Tiree has 1,477 hours of sunshine a year, whereas Manston, halfway between Herne Bay and Margate, enjoys 1,802 (and less than half the rain of Tiree). Even the notoriously rainy Isle of Man gets 1,584 hours of sunshine in Douglas, and less rain.
Sun-seekers should be better informed as to where to seek their fix. (Although I respectfully doff my hat to Tiree’s many alternative pleasures.)