Great for

Couples

Duration

Full day

Activity

Walk the coast

Lunch

Picnic

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Day trip

Skybus or Fly + Sail

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Transport

Travel to Scilly by Skybus and Scillonian


It's possible to choose from both transport methods on this itinerary. Fly out to the Isles of Scilly by Skybus in just 20 minutes. We like to think your Scilly experience starts before you land. With a warm welcome at check in and the awe-inspiring view from the window, you’ll wish the flight lasted longer. On arrival you’ll be greeted by Paulger’s Transport who will take you to the quay to meet your connecting island boat. For your return you can choose between the same journey out or a leisurely sail home to Penzance aboard Scillonian III.

Activity

Walk to the top of the island


If you arrive at Higher Town you’ll be surely distracted by the stunning Caribbean esque Par beach. But head north up the hill and into town, follow the road over to the top of Great Bay then from here the coast path will take you to St Martin’s Head. You’ll see the Day Mark from here, it’s worth the walk round Burnt Hill, Bread and Cheese cove and up over Chapel Brow. When you reach the top, the view will take your breath away.

Lunch

Home cooked snacks from the bakery


There’s a great bakery in Higher Town which bakes renowned pasties and snacks, it’s a great place to pick up lunch before heading off on your walk. There’s also St Martin’s store just around the corner from the bakery.

Highlights

Fine beaches and island life


Take a towel and paddle on Par Beach, the water is crystal clear here. If time allows there’s the flower farm Scilly Flowers in Higher Town which is well worth a visit to see the islands native flowers. Or the islands winery is a great place to visit for the afternoon. The view from the Day Mark is possibly one of the best across the islands, its not something you’ll ever forget.

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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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