Our extended voyage on Provident starts and finishes in Brixham, and our three Leader cruises both join and depart in Falmouth.
Leader’s extended 12-night cruise will be divided between the Scillies and heading around Land’s End to explore the Northern Cornish Coast, hoping to drop anchor in the likes of St Ives Bay and Padstow.
Why visit the Isles of Scilly?
The cluster of islands lie amid a turquoise lagoon, some fringed by rocks, and others by white sandy beaches. Each of the islands has a distinct identity and special character.
St. Mary’s – the largest island, but less than 2.5 square miles. It’s the central hub with a number of excellent pubs and a cluster of shops as well as the health centre, two banks, the Post Office and a remarkable museum of island life. There are only six miles of roads but over 30 miles of paths and nature trails. The capital, Hugh Town, lies between two sandy beaches, one side being the main harbour.
St. Agnes – is the last bit of England before you reach America and probably a separate island for over 1,000 years; the water which separates it from the other islands is much deeper than that which laps their beaches so it’s always been out on its own and has probably seen more shipwrecks too.
Bryher – There is a stark contrast between the west side and the much softer east side which faces across the sheltered Channel to neighbouring Tresco. Sometimes you can even walk between the two islands on very low tides.
Tresco – is one of the unique places of the world and recently placed amongst the Top Ten Islands in the world by National Geographic Magazine. It owes this status to its quite remarkable flora to be found in every hedgerow but which is all brought together in the world famous Abbey Garden. Nearly 200 people live here and run the place.
St Martin’s – arguably the most picturesque of all the islands with glorious sweeping beaches adorning the edges of its crescent shape . A little like Bryher it, too, has a rugged weather beaten side to the north east and a much gentler, sheltered side to the south and west.
Getting to the boat
On booking you will be sent a pack with full information on parking, rail travel, how to find your boat in these lovely harbour towns, and details on suggested kit list etc.