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Great for

Families and couples

Duration

Full day

Activity

Walking route and beach day

Food and drink

Hotel lunch

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Day trip

Skybus

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Transport

Travel to the Isles of Scilly by Skybus


Fly with Skybus from Land’s End or Newquay Airport departing on the first 0800 flight. On arrival jump on the Transfer bus waiting to take you to the quay and transfer to the inter-island boats, generally these depart at 10:15- times are available from the chalk boards in Hugh Town or on the Quay. If there’s time the café ‘On The Quay’ serves A great selection of pastries and snacks as well as fresh hot coffee.

Activity

Walking route and lunch stop


Whether a family or couple there is something on Bryher for everyone. Head out past the excellent Hell Bay Hotel past the salt water lake and you will find a small rocky cove where locals and visitors alike make rock stacks or cairns at the top of the beach, try to make your own ! Retrace your steps back to the hotel for lunch then step out again heading for the most beautiful beach on Bryher –Rushy Bay. Ample rock pools and safe swimming for the family and a wonderful vista back towards St Mary's . A gentle walk back towards either quay depending on the tide to catch the boat home.

Lunch

Lunch at the Hell Bay Hotel


There are several options but for this activity the excellent Hell Bay Hotel is a must serving coffee and light lunches. Sitting outside on the ample decking is stunning with views over the sea in every direction.

Highlights

Boat trips and stone stacks


The boat trip across from St Marys is quite magical , coming up the channel between Tresco and Bryher looking right and left seeing all the little boats. Making a stack on the beach is such fun , wondering how long it will be there after you have gone.

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Horse riding on the beach- St. Mary's


What to do on St Mary's Isles of Scilly?

Trotting across white sands, cantering along bridal paths and splashing in the bays – travelling on horseback is a wonderful way to experience the incredible coastal scenery around St Mary’s. And with the stables just a couple of miles from both the airport and the harbour, horse riding is the ideal activity if you’ve just arrived.

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Discover Tresco's castles


Explore Cromwell's Castle on Tresco

Tresco is the second largest inhabited island on Scilly and whilst it's home to the sub-tropical gardens, un-spoilt beaches and fine food it's also full of walking routes, ancient monuments and historic castles. Cromwell's Castle stands tall guarding the channel between Bryher and Tresco, it was built between 1548- 1550 and is one of the few surviving Cromwellian fortifications in Britain. Read on to find out more.

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Foodies day out on St. Agnes


Dine at Restaurants on St Agnes Isles of Scilly

To the east of St. Agnes, across the narrow channel by the Turk's Head, you'll see the mysterious island of Gugh. But here's another secret; wait for low tide, and a sand bar appears... you can simply walk across, and explore to your hearts content. There's more information below.

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A snippet of Bryher


Sample Bryher Restaurants

Bryher is a small elongated island and like all of the other islands on Scilly, has it's own special charm. It's contrasted by the sheltered channel between Tresco and Bryher with several sheltered beaches and coves, the other side is the wild and rugged Shipman’s Head renown for its big seas and exposed cliffs. As Scilly’s smallest inhabited island, walking around Bryher is easy and accessible for most people.

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Hire a golf buggy on St. Mary's


Fun Alternative to Car Hire

If walking and cycling seem a bit energetic, a golf buggy is a fun and 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. What better way to see the best of St. Mary's then touring the sights in a golf buggy.

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Hire bikes and explore St. Mary's


Cycling Adventure on Scilly Isles

St. Mary’s, you’ll be as close as the Isles of Scilly get to being busy. With beaches, shopping, countryside paths and coastal trails and with largely traffic-free roads and gentle slopes, the Isles of Scilly are perfect for exploring under pedal power.

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Walking route - St. Mary's


How long to walk around St Mary's Isles of Scilly?

St. Mary’s is criss-crossed by 30 miles of nature trails, paths and other walking routes. To see a snapshot of St. Mary’s, this walk will take you through tracks, lanes, woodland and across beaches. Read on for the full itinerary.

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Tresco Abbey Gardens


Tresco Abbey Gardens

A visit to Scilly is not complete without appreciating the amazing flora and fauna, although this can be seen across the islands the best place to view thousands of tropical species is at the Tresco Abbey Gardens on Tresco island. The 19th century garden is home to some 20,000 sub-tropical plants.

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Walk the coast - Tresco


Top things to do on Tresco

Like anywhere on the Isles of Scilly, Tresco also has its share of beaches, panoramas and secluded spots. Pentle Bay is especially peaceful, the rugged north-east coast boasts historic forts named for both sides of the English Civil War. It’s possible to walk the length of Tresco in a few hours, read on for our guide to explore the cosmopolitan island.

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Snorkel with seals


Snorkelling with Seals on the Isles of Scilly

For nature lovers and water enthusiasts it doesn’t get any better than snorkelling with seals in their natural environment. Head to the island of St. Martin’s, and you'll find the Scilly Seal Snorkelling Co who offer excursions to the Eastern Isles to swim with the seals and make memories to cherish for a lifetime. This trip is suitable for families from age 8 upward and couples.

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