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Couples and families

Duration

Full day

Activity

Walk the coast

Food and drink

Picnic

Day trip

Scillonian

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Transport


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. When you disembark onto St Mary’s Quay there will be a connecting boat from St Agnes Boating who will take you across to the island and back in time to meet Scillonians departure.

Activity


You’ll pass the quiet cove Porth Killer and Big Pool, from here there’s burnt island reachable at low tide- look out to sea and you’ll see the iconic Bishop Rock lighthouse. Now continue around the coast path passing the campsite at Troytown and the farm shop. To make the most of your day cut through the middle of the island and into Middle Town, you’ll pass the white lighthouse- Coastguards and the small dwellings before meeting back up with Middle town.

Lunch


Coastguards Café. Simple but tasty with a selection of home-made soups and sandwiches, the café is set in a picturesque garden looking across to Bishop Rock Lighthouse. Or try the Turks Head pub just a short hop and skip away from the quay. The menu is simple and all locally sourced, the service is friendly and attentive, and the views are said to be some of the best in the UK.

Highlights


If time allows the sandbar between St Agnes and Gugh is great for swimming at low tide. Look out for the world’s smallest island- Bishop Rock lighthouse which can be seen from the western side of the island. At Troytown Farm the delicious ice cream is well known for being the best on the islands.

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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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