Explore the magical Scilly Isles
Just 28 miles — a day’s sail — away from Land’s End lies Britain’s exotic archipelago. There are five inhabited islands waiting to be explored.
These voyages have been timed to make the most of the long summer evenings, allowing plenty of time to stroll the golden sandy beaches, look out for abundant wildlife and exceptional wild flowers.
As with all of our cruises, there will be plenty of time to go ashore as each of the islands offer something unique, and it is a stunning place to relax and enjoy the tranquil scenery.
Our Scillies voyages all start and end in Falmouth, reducing the voyage time to the islands, allowing you a lot of timr to explore isles.
On the August 18th voyage we will be welcoming a resident ornithologist on board for the cruise; so we recommend bringing your binoculars. There are many birds to see from the local friendly thrushes and sparrows to the rare and exotic migrant blown off course. You may see visitors from Africa like cuckoos, wheaters and various warblers stop off, some remaining to breed.
Start Finish Nights Vessel Cost Sat, Aug 11 Fri, Aug 17 6 Leader £830 Sat, Aug 18 Fri, Aug 24 6 Leader £850
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
Falmouth has two train stations, Falmouth Town and Falmouth Docks, both of which are close to the harbour.
On booking you’ll be sent a pack with full information on how to find your boat in these lovely harbour towns, and details on suggested kit list etc.