Isles of Scilly
Undoubtedly one of the jewels in Cornwall’s crown, the Scilly Isles lie just 35 miles off the Cornish coast, but feel a world apart.
Reached by passenger ferry from Penzance or by the newly re-instated helicopter transfer, visiting the Scillies is like going back in time. Only 5 of the archipelago are inhabited, namely the islands of St Mary’s, St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco and St Martins, and each of these islands has its own individual charm.
The Scillies are a haven for seabirds and a magnet for a myriad of wildlife. Snorkel with basking sharks and dolphins, get up close to playful seals and take boat trips to the outlying, uninhabited islands for some of the best birdwatching in the UK.
The islands are the perfect place to indulge in some high-octane water sports such as kite-surfing or sailing, or for a more sedate afternoon, hire a bike and discover pretty villages and fantastic local pubs.
Deserted beaches are perfect for a day of beachcombing and the stunning Abbey Garden on Tresco will wow even the most unenthusiastic horticulturalist.
- Stunning, white sandy beaches
- A laid back, friendly welcome awaits every visitor
- Snorkelling with dolphins, seals and basking sharks
- Horse riding along the golden sands, splashing in the waves
- Sampling local produce and craft ales
- Hire a boat and explore some of the magical sandy coves
- Go scuba diving in the crystal clear waters and discover some of the 900 shipwrecks that surround the islands
- Take a guided walk with a resident ornithologist or historian
- Head out at sunset on a private dinner cruise around the islands
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