Damien, I'll keep you in mind when I'm in need of a few days away. Getting to London, Amsterdam, or Paris isn't a problem - are there short flights from one of those cities to the islands, or is London and then a ferry the best way? I'd certainly have to stop by my friend's place in Netherlands while I'm in the area. He's near the southern border, but it's the first three thousand miles that matter. The last one or two hundred are irrelevant.
And just to make you guys drool a lot - I fly for free. My wife is a flight attendant, so anywhere the airline goes, I'm able to get there for free.