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Autumn on the Isles of Scilly: Bryher. By The Enjoyable Rut

Who says you need to travel half-way around the world to find paradise? The Isles of Scilly have it all and idyllic beaches, abundant sea-life, tropical gardens and warm climates are all just a hop, skip and a jump from mainland UK. Being a Penzance girl, the Isles of Scilly have always been on my…

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A look back at the 2016 Scillonian sailing season

We’ve enjoyed another wonderful season sailing daily from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly, spotting an array of spectacular wildlife along the way. Dolphins, porpoises and sunfish to name just a few have made regular sightings. We’ve seen some outstanding sunrises, sunsets and sun filled days; the islands have had a wonderful season with some…

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Give the gift of Scilly

As the Autumn season begins to wind down, like us, you’ll be looking towards Christmas and presents for friends and family. We’ve got some truly special gifts that’ll make memories last a lifetime. Perhaps you know a relative that already has everything or a friend with a passion for exploring? Or perhaps you just want…

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Autumn day trips to Scilly

Set sail from Penzance and arrive to the Isles of Scilly by lunchtime. On your way, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a stunning seaside view of Cornwall’s quaint fishing villages, the famous open air Minack Theatre and the Land’s End Peninsula. We’ve pulled together our top five-day trip experiences to be had on…

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The Isles of Scilly Museum

Our own team voted this the islands’ best way to spend a rainy day. The museum is full of curiosities, pictures and finds from shipwrecks, giving you a glimpse of daily life on Scilly from Roman times to the present day. It’s open all year round. Church Street, Hugh Town, St. Mary’s 01720 422337

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Holy Vale Vineyard tour

Nestling in the middle of the island, St. Mary’s own vineyard and winery opens its doors from April until September for tours, lobster lunches… and wine tasting, of course. It’s a good idea to book in advance. Holy Vale, St. Mary’s 01720 420317

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Hire a golf buggy

If walking and cycling seem a bit energetic, a golf buggy is a fun, easy way to explore the island in comfort. It’s something out of the ordinary for the whole family – and up to eight can ride – but be aware there are age limits on who can drive. The Scilly Cart Co,…

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Kings of the castle

Parents with young children need no introduction to soft play as an all-weather lifesaver. In Old Town, Kings of the Castle is suitable for children up to eight, with a multi-level play frame, ball pool, baby and toddler area and café. Old Town, St. Mary’s 07981 133210

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The Island Rover guided bus tour

In just 75 minutes, the Island Rover will introduce you to the highlights of St. Mary’s – with a full commentary, giving you a local’s perspective. There’s no booking necessary; just meet at Holgate’s Green at 10:15 am or 1:30 pm, from Monday to Saturday. Holgate’s Green, St. Mary’s 01720 422131 Note: the tour is…

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Go island hopping

Every visitor to Scilly finds their own favourite island – and exploring them couldn’t be easier. Look out for the chalk boards on the quayside with the sailing times to another island, or book a round trip to see the sights and wildlife. St. Mary’s Boatmen’s Association 01720 423999

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Phoenix craft workshops

Every weekday afternoon, the popular Phoenix craft studios give you a chance to try your hand at a craft – it might be stained glass painting, lino printing, jewellery making or painting. The workshops are very popular with children, but everyone’s welcome; call to book a day in advance. Porthmellon Business Park, St. Mary’s 01720…

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Play the most south-westerly course

St. Mary’s golf course, at the Isles of Scilly Golf Club, is a challenging, 5,942-yard beauty. But be warned, the panoramic sea views across to other islands could well distract you from your swing. There are drinks and home-cooked food at the clubhouse, too. Carn Morval, St. Mary’s 01720 422692

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