Thursday, 6 September 2012

Get off the Tourist Trail on an Isles of Scilly Holiday

Isle of Scilly beach Isles of Scilly beach by Ian Southwell on Flickr

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!

Isle of Scilly Sunset Isles of Scilly Sunset by Lucy Reynolds on Flickr

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.

Isle of Scilly Cornwall Isles of Scilly by Lucy Reynolds on Flickr

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.

About the Guest Author:

Amanda is a Canadian blogger and writer who loves to travel the UK and share her experiences of it. If you’re looking for holiday cottages to rent in Cornwall, or elsewhere in the UK and Ireland, visit Sykes Cottages for a great selection. Visit Sykes Cottages on Facebook and Twitter for last minute holiday cottage deals.


  1. Amanda, was the water not freezing? I reckon I'd be looking at the wildlife from above sea level as I've been spoilt with warm seas since I was a kid. I've never been to the Isle of Scilly, but I hope to get there one day during some sort of island road/ferry trip around those parts.

  2. Nice piece - I went to Jersey on a press trip once - flew from Stansted I recall.

  3. dear emm,

    isle of scilly sure looks and sounds like a magical place to visit.

    great views, great tips, fantastic photos, i especially like that beautiful sunset shot.

    wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    missed you/your posts. immensely.

    big hugs, my dearest!xx

  4. absolutely beautiful! and you've made me hungry for seafood...

  5. pretty. Wish I was there! My cruise can not come fast enough :)
    Hugs from Ohio,

  6. Gorgeous photography..such beautiful scenes..blissful! and wonderful writing..beautiful!

  7. Emm i was a bit confused at first as I didn't recall you having a visit to Scilly planned any time soon, but now it makes sense. I have a guest post on my blog soon, too!

    The problem with all these areas with turquoise waters is that i want to go to ALL of them!

  8. @ Wendy: I bet it was!!! I'm with you - I really enjoy warm seas.

    @ David: I really hope to go to both Jersey and Scilly. And Guernsey. And the Isle of Wight again. And maybe the Isle of Man too. You get the idea! :)

    @ Betty: so glad you're back!

    @ Bon Bon: hee hee, I guess my work here is done.

    @ Ivanhoe: I bet you're counting down the seconds!

    @ Victoria: Doesn't it look fab?

    @ Jen: so sorry - will try mark guest posts better in future!! I want to go to them all too.


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