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Day trips to the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly may feel like another world, but if you’re in Cornwall they’re easily close enough to visit for the day – with ample time to enjoy the islands while you’re there.

Sail with Scillonian III, and you’ll cruise past some of Cornwall’s most famous coastline, arriving on St. Mary’s in time for lunch. Then spend the afternoon exploring before heading home.

If you’d like more time, Skybus is the quickest way to Scilly – giving you extra hours for sailing, riding, relaxing, a boat trip or the beach. Or if you’d like the best of both worlds, choose our unique Fly + Sail round trip: fly out, and sail home. The choice is yours.

Key Information


Land’s End Airport, Cornwall Airport Newquay or Penzance Habour

Crossing Time

15mins Land’s End, 30mins Newquay, 2hr 45 mins Penzance


1hr before departure


Easter to November Mon-Sat.
Sunday sailings during the summer


Can be booked for an additional cost on Skybus and Scillonian

Luggage Allowance

Scillonian – Hand luggage or
Skybus – Cabin luggage only on day trips

2019 Day Trips Fares

Skybus Land’s End
Day Trip

Adult (15+)
From £125

Child (2-15)
From £100

Infant (under 2)
From £43.50

Travel Time
15 min each way

Skybus Newquay
Day Trip

Adult (15+)
From £160

Child (2-15)
From £120

Infant (under 2)
From £55

Travel Time
30 min each way

Day Trip

Adult (15+)
From £48

Child (2-15)
From £30

Infant (under 2)
From £16

Travel Time
2h 45 min each way

Fly + Sail
Day Trip

Adult (15+)

Child (2-15)

Infant (under 2)

Travel Time
15 min out,  2h 45 min return

A day out to remember

The Abbey Garden

Hop on a boat to Tresco, and you're minutes away from the world- famous Abbey Garden. It's perfectly possible to spend half an afternoon exploring, and still make it back for the Scillonian home. Scroll down for more information.

Family time on the beach

You've no shortage of beaches to choose from, but Bar Point, at the north of St. Mary's is well worth the trip. Take the children, and they'll think you've gone abroad.

Explore the coast

You’ll find bike hire mere yards from the quay, boats waiting to show you puffins and seals, and kayaks for hire. If you’d like some more direction, local archaeologists and wildlife experts can give you a guided tour. Adventures are waiting.

Lunch with a view

You won’t find fresher seafood, better local produce, or more tables with an ocean view. It would be worth making the trip for lunch alone.

Everyone's invited

The Isles of Scilly are famously dog friendly – and whether you’re visiting for one day or many, your best friend can expect a warm welcome too.


Luggage allowance for day trips


Skybus and Fly+Sail ticket Daytrips

1 x Cabin luggage

  • Small bag
  • 30cm x 15cm x 15cm
  • Coat, small camera, binoculars or book


Scillonian daytrips

1 x Hand luggage

  • Max 5Kg per bag
  • 40cm x 55xm x 20cm

Visit Tresco Abbey Garden

There’s one enduring reason why people take a day trip to Scilly: hop aboard a boat at St. Mary’s quay, and you’re only a ten-minute ride away from Tresco, and the world-famous Abbey Garden.

You don’t have to be an avid gardener yourself – or even a grown-up – to appreciate the garden’s sheer variety of sights, textures and aromas; quite simply, there’s a surprise around every corner.

Boats between the islands are well co-ordinated with the Scillonian III, so a sailing day trip gives you ample opportunity to see many – if not quite all – of the 20,000 exotic plants within the garden’s network of pathways, sculptures and walls.


Day trip ideas

A day trip to Scilly needn’t cost cost you more than visiting a family attraction on the mainland- make it the highlight of your holiday or, if you’re a local, it’s a perfect day off.

There are a thousand ways to spend a day on Scilly- far more than we’ve room to mention here. But if you’d like some more inspiration, you’ll find our Isles of Scilly Day Trip Guide is packed with ideas, itineraries and schedules… and it’s yours, free of charge- just click the link below.

One thing: when you get back, remember to send us an email or a tweet, and tell us what you liked best.

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