If you’re a ‘been there, done that’ kind of traveller who is always looking for a new and exciting place to visit than we might just have the perfect place for you. Only 45km off of the coast of Cornwall you will find the Isles of Scilly (it’s pronounced just the same as ‘silly’), an oasis of calm that lies well off the well-trodden tourist path.
Getting to the Isles of Scilly
Depending on where you’re coming from there are a number of travel options available to you. The most leisurely and economical option is to take the ferry, the Scillonian III, from Penzance Quay in the south of Cornwall. The trip will take 2 hours 40 minutes, which is just enough time to relax and get into holiday mode before arriving on the islands. Alternatively, you can take the Skybus from the mainland – the flight is only 15 short minutes from Land’s End!
5 Must-See’s on the Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly are an outdoor lover’s paradise, with never ending walks, bike rides, and water sports to keep you entertained on your holiday. Here are 5 things that you just shouldn’t miss on your trip to the Isles.
1. Take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful landscapes, which range from craggy coasts, and pristine beaches, to lush pastures and gently rolling hills.
2. Take to the water, both above and below the waves. Water sports are understandably popular on the Isles so you’d be crazy to not partake in windsurfing, sailing, or surfing while here. The Scilly Isles are also popular with scuba divers, with a myriad of shipwrecks and colour sea life to explore.
3. Meet the local wildlife on a boat trip. The Isles of Scilly boast an impressive marine environment, with dolphins, basking sharks, and seals all calling the local area home. Take a guided boat trip to see them in their natural habitat.
4. Learn the area’s history on a visit to St. Mary’s, the largest island in the archipelago. On the island you will find a number of landmarks and ancient monuments to investigate, including Harry’s Walls and the Giants Castle.
5. Try the local produce. The food on the Isles of Scilly is second to none, serving up bushels of local lobster and crab, lamb, beer, ice cream, and vegetables. Wine lovers should make sure to stop at St. Martin’s Vineyard, the most South-westerly vineyard in Britain.
The Isles of Scilly are one of the few places in Britain that you can be pretty confident that not everyone you know has visited, or even heard of! Whether you decide to spend your whole holiday on the Isles, or just take a day trip during a cottage holiday on mainland Cornwall, you are sure to be wowed by the area’s beauty. Why not spend some time exploring these fascinating little islands on your next Cornwall holiday.
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