The Isles of Scilly are a series of beautiful islands off of the Southwestern tip of the Cornish Peninsula they consist of 5 inhabited islands plus many uninhabited islands, they are somewhat under estimated for their sheer beauty and the array of things to do. These islands are stunning and if the weather is good you will be able to embark on some fantastic activities and superb experiences. There are so many wonderful sights to see and explore, gorgeous golden sandy beaches, fascinating wildlife, stunning sub-tropical gardens as well as great sporting activities and lovely food and drinks to sample. What a stunning, picturesque location this would be for holiday. So pack your bags, step aboard the boat or the Skybus, grab your camera and enjoy these enchanting islands.
Getting there by boat
You can sail on the open sea to these beautiful islands aboard the Scillonian III which departs from Penzance Harbour arriving in St Mary’s Harbour. It runs from Easter to November daily and the journey takes 2 hrs 45 minutes… Important information – you must check in 1 hour before scheduled sailing time. Check in closes 30 minutes before departure, early arrival however is encouraged.
This lovely boat is equipped with two cafes serving a variety of hot and cold snacks and drinks to enjoy whilst relaxing on the boat, it also has a deck to enjoy and admire the gorgeous views, a spacious lounge to sit and read or just put your feet up and relax ready for your lovely adventure ahead of you. Wanting to take your fury friend, well that’s not a problem as they are allowed on the boat as long as they are kept on a lead.
Getting there by air
You can fly to these gorgeous islands from 3 destinations, Exeter, Newquay or Lands End. The Skybus will fly into St. Marys airport and also requires you to check in 1 hour before the scheduled departure time and closes 30 minutes before scheduled take off. This is a quick and very short journey lasting only 15 minutes from Lands end. Your captain will greet you with a warm and friendly welcome as you board the plane, after take off you can relax and enjoy the stunning views before landing and sampling all that these islands have to offer. Wanting to take your fury friend, again not a problem a RSPCA approved dog compartment is available for your dog. The Skybus runs from Monday – Saturday, all year round excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
With both methods of travel you’ll arrive onto the island of St Mary’s where there are lots to see and do. There are plenty of accommodation options depending on your particular taste.
The other beautiful islands are accessible by boat, so a short journey and you will have started your island hopping adventure. There will be information regarding the times to different locations on display near the boats on the quay.
Things to do
1. Enjoy a boat trip from St Mary’s to Bryher Island and explore this stunningly beautiful island stretching just over one and a half miles long by half a mile wide.
2. For those wanting a little more adventure why not step aboard the Scilly Sea Safari, with the chance to observe the fascinating local sea life, birds and dolphins.
3. Enjoy a lovely pony ride across the stunning lush countryside and along the gorgeous white sandy beaches located on St Mary’s, just minutes away from Pelistry Beach.
4. For all of those wine lovers out there how about a wine tasting tour at Holy Vale Vineyard on St Mary’s Island.
5. Wanting to see a bit of history why not visit the amazing heritage sites, King Charles Castle, Bants Burial Chambers, Halangly Downs Ancient Village plus more, all of these are situated on the Island of Tresco.
6. A delightful stop for a cream tea and take a wonder around the beautiful Abbey Gardens.
7. Oh, a real must for you fudge lovers, a taster session of their delicious fudge located at the Isles of Scilly Veronica Farm Fudge.
8. A chance to snorkel and explore with the friendly and wild seals on St Martins Island.
9. A sheer favourite of mine, enjoying a lovely double-decker crab sandwich at the Fraggle Rock Bar on Bryher.
10. If by any chance the weather isn’t kind to you there is plenty of things to do on the wet days.
I hope this has given you a good insight into all of the fabulous things that these beautiful islands have to offer, it’s great for a day trip or a fantastic holiday destination for those wanting a lovely peaceful and relaxing break.