A boat ride from Cornwall – A visit to the Isles of Scilly

If you are staying in West Cornwall on holiday, I can highly recommend a day trip to the Isles of Scilly. It really couldn't be easier.

The flights leave Land’s End airport (which in itself is simply perfect by having short queues, plenty of seating, a wood burner for the chillier days, a coffee shop with delicious cakes and a choice of books to browse) and you are in the air for no more than 20 minutes. There is the Twin Otter which is the slightly larger plane (19 seats) and can carry dogs in a crate or there is the smaller Islander that has just 8 seats. https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/


On the day we travelled to Tresco, our flight took 18 minutes and the views from above were nothing short of breath-taking. You land on St Mary’s where you are met by pre-organised private transport or by an Isles of Scilly travel mini bus driver (who meets every flight in readiness for potential passengers) who will take you short drive down onto St Mary’s harbour front. https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/plan-your-trip/airport-transfers/

From there you have a choice of which Island to visit – or if you have time, why not do all of them! http://www.scillyboating.co.uk/direct.htm

We chose Tresco and a fast boat nipped us over to the island with its crystal clear water offering blends of turquoise, azure and dark blue against a back drop of the finest white sand. We were dropped off at Carn Near Quay where a paved path leads you towards the Abbey Gardens. Pick up a map on the way and see how easy it is to explore the entire island in a day and have time for a spot of lunch and retail therapy! Our walk took in Abbey Drive which meanders past Tresco Abbey onto New Grimsby Quay where the New Inn can offer refreshments as well as a well stocked convenience store. We then crossed the island to reach Old Grimsby Quay where we lunched at Ruin Beach  Cafe. After lunch we walked the coastal path around the top of the island to take in the spectacular views from
the higher ground of King Charles’ Castle ruins onto Cromwell’s Castle. Then back via the coastal path where we were collected from New Grimsby Quay. You feel like you can almost touch Bryher  which is a very short boat ride from Tresco and, we were told by the locals, is a more peaceful retreat which is
exceptionally dog-friendly.

We were picked up as promised at a given time and taken back to the airport where we had enough time for a welcome cup of tea and a read of the Tresco  Times before cruising at 1000ft across 28 miles of sea back to Land’s End.

A good reference guide for the Isles of Scilly: https://www.visitislesofscilly.com/