Spring on Isles of Scilly - Island View


Holiday on the islands without going abroad

With white sand beaches and clear blue seas you could be forgiven for thinking you had flown long-haul rather than a 15 minute hop from Land’s End or 60 minutes from Exeter airport.  The ferry from Penzance takes a gentle 2 hours and 45 minutes to the Isles of Scilly.

The islands are the most south-westerly point of England and bathed in the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, they are the first place in the country to enjoy the arrival of spring.

When you explore the islands, yours may be the only footprints on the beach and, with few roads and even fewer cars, life moves at the pace of the tides. It’s a time to relax and a place to unwind.

To keep you relaxed in the light of COVID we are offering you transferable booking with amendments and cancellations on both Skybus and  the Scillonian ferry.

Whichever way you choose, the journey will be a unique part of your holiday memories.

Top 5 reasons to visit Scilly in 2021

Whether it’s a short break or a day trip for the two for you or an adventure for the whole family, here you’ll find inspiration and ideas to help you plan your visit to the Isles of Scilly.

Spring flowers in Tresco Abbey Garden, Isles of Scilly


The flora and fauna

A visit to Tresco is a must for garden lovers. The world famous Tresco Abbey Gardens has flowering plants all year round with flora staring to unfold in spring. Described as the perennial Kew without glass you’ll see more than 20,000 species of plants from all over the world – it’s definitely a must see. As well as its world-famous plant collection, the Abbey Garden’s walled network of pathways and sculptures means there’s a surprise around every corner.

Spring walks on St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly


The walks

One of the best ways to explore the Isles of Scilly is on foot. The whole of Scilly is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and you’ll find miles of coastal footpaths. In spring you will discover a landscape full of surprises, shifting in a medley of colours and senses throughout the day. Whether it’s simply exploring under your own steam or joining organised rambles with expert local guides, this is the destination for appreciating the great outdoors.

Puffins return in spring to the Isles of Scilly

Wildlife & Nature

Scilly's Wildlife

Scilly’s unique environment offers a huge diversity of habitats for a wide variety of wildlife and it’s one of the top reasons people give for choosing to visit. Grey seals thrive here, as do song thrushes and puffins visit late spring. You’ll find elm trees, red squirrels, orange birds-foot, the Scilly shrew, dolphins and much more.

Beaches in spring on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly


The beaches

Long coastal walks, leisurely paddles between the bays there’s no doubt Scilly has some of the most picturesque beaches in the UK. Home to more than 35 stunning white sandy beaches and magical hidden coves with crystal-clear turquoise waters. You’re rarely more than 10 minutes walk from one and there’s a good chance you’ll have it all to yourself. Our favourites include Great Bay on St. Martins and Bar Point on St. Mary’s.

Alfresco dining in spring on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

alfresco dining

The food & drink

The climate on the Isles of Scilly can be few degrees warmer than the mainland making the picture-perfect Holy Vale Vineyard the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious alfresco lobster lunch (a regional delicacy with the lobsters having been collected from the harbour that morning) accompanied by a glass of their wine from March onwards in its outdoor café.




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