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Duration

Full day

Activity

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Food and drink

Cafe stop

Day trip

Skybus or Island Helicopters

Transport

Fly with Skybus or Island Helicopters


Fly to the Isles of Scilly and enjoy up to 8 glorious hours on the islands, a Skybus day trips allows you to make the most of your time on the islands. Flying with Skybus from Land’s End may only take 15 minutes, but 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 of plane, you’ll wish the flight lasted just that bit longer. On arrival ask your arrival bus-Paulgers Transport to take you to Porthloo and start your route here.

Activity

Walk the Northern edge of St. Mary's


Starting at Porthloo boatyard, follow the hill up the road when you reach the T junction take a left turn and up past Telegraph Tower; keep following the road until you get to a turning for Trenoweth, take this left turn and you’ll pass one of the flower farms- well worth a visit. Walk along towards the pine trees and you’ll pass through the woods and onto the coast reaching Helvear Down, now follow this coastal path around to the right passing Innisidgen Hill and one of the ancient burial sites. If you follow this track you’ll come to Watermill Cove, Pelistry and eventually Carn Vean tearoom before heading back to the airport via the coastal path.

Lunch

Charming cafe stop


If you start your route around mid-morning, you should make it in time for lunch at Covean cafe just along from Pelistry Bay, it’s a lovely little café serving fresh lunches and snacks.

Highlights

Crystal clear water and un-inhabited islands


The water at Watermill cove is really shallow so pack a towel and stop for a paddle. If the tides right, on the beach- Pelistry (pictured), there’s a small island adjoined at low tide; it’s called Tolls Island and houses an old World War Bunker.

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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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