Great for

Couples

Duration

Full day

Activity

Food stops and views

Food and drink

Lunch at The Turks Head pub

Day trip

Scillonian

Transport

Sail to Scilly aboard Scillonian


Your journey begins at Penzance Quay, the early starts are well rewarded often with views of the sun rising over Scillonian, docked on Lighthouse Quay. Scillonian sails at 09:15 with check-in opening from 08:00, board early and enjoy coffee and bacon rolls from the on-board cafe before finding yourself a seat inside on the comfy seating or outside in the fresh sea air. The crossing takes 2 hours and 45 minutes, pods of dolphins and sea birds are often spotted from deck; keep an eye on the water and listen out for announcements.

Activity

Walking route and lunch stop


You'll arrive at St. Mary's Quay and need to take a transfer boat to St. Agnes with St. Agnes Boating. This trip is all about food and views, as you walk up the Quay on St. Agnes, take a left for the Turks Head pub. This is a great stop for hearty pub meals using fresh local ingredients and the views from the outside seating are some of the best on the islands. After lunch take a stroll to the sandbar 5 minutes walk from the pub, from here you can connect to the island of Gugh at low tide.

Lunch

Pub lunch


A stop at the islands only pub is a must, the food and drinks are homely and the service inviting, as well as the décor fascinating featuring a wealth of Isles of Scilly history adorning the walls. The view looks out across the bay to Gugh island and the vista towards the other cluster of islands that make up Scilly.

Highlights

Explore the sand bar


If the weathers fine, make time for a paddle or dip in either side of the sandbar, the waters calm and crystal clear – ideal for first time swimmers. Your next stop is a 15 minute stroll from the beach, take a left at the top of the hill and head for a cream tea at Coastguards cafe; the terrace looks out to the Western Rocks and the famous Bishop Rock Lighthouse in the distance. Your day ends with a cruise back to Penzance aboard Scillonian III, planning which island you'll visit on your next trip.

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Horse riding on the beach- St. Mary's


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


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


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


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


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


On 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


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


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


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


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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