The Isles of Scilly are special for all ages but for families, it’s a great place to enjoy the simple things in life and appreciate all that the great outdoors has to offer.

And with Whitsun around the corner, there’s ample opportunity to explore the Isles of Scilly in one day with our family day trip offer.

If you haven’t been before, we’ve put together a handy itinerary to introduce you and your family to the islands.


Travel to Scilly on Scillonian III and you’ll enjoy a wonderful 2 hour, 45-minute cruise to St. Mary’s. On your way, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a stunning seaside view of Cornwall’s fishing villages, the famous open air Minack Theatre and the Land’s End peninsula. Quite often, the ship is joined by pods of dolphins, a raft of seabirds and occasionally even basking sharks.


Collect your bikes from St. Mary’s Bike Hire, not forgetting a picnic from Hugh Town. Follow the road past the church and onto Old Town, the perfect pit stop to admire the view. Keep cycling and you’ll pass the airport on your right, before reaching the top end of the island. From here, you’ll have a choice of some of the islands most spectacular beaches- Bar Point and Pelistry.

3.Food and drink

Whether you choose to pick up a picnic from Hugh Town or you’ve stopped off for lunch in Old Town cafe, now’s about time to stop for a bite to eat and admire the views. There’s ample choice of fresh and local ingredients available in the shops or family-friendly cafes along the route.


Seeing the best that St. Mary’s has to offer from a different perspective, the white sandy shores of beaches you’d never have imagined finding and perfect pitstops along the way. Finish your route and amaze the kids with an ice cream drink at Juliet’s garden overlooking the harbour before heading back to catch Scillonian home.

For further inspiration, check out our day trip film:

The Isles of Scilly family day trip ticket is for two adults and up to two children, sailing across on our passenger ferry, Scillonian III for £79 T&C’s apply. To book, you’ll need to contact our travel centre on 01736 334220 quoting ‘Family19’.