The Isles of Scilly is a group of islands just off the West coast of Cornwall. It benefits from an Oceanic climate which means it has warm summers and cool but not cold winters. You can travel to the Scillies either by boat or aeroplane. We visited in October 2014.
The scenery in the Isles of Scilly is quite frankly amazing! If you were blindfolded and dump there you would never know that you were still in the UK.
I personally had never been to the islands before, Phil sailed over a lot when he was younger with his Aunt and Uncle. I wasn’t really sure what to pack but as it was October I packed for Autumn weather, plenty of jumpers and jeans. What I hadn’t taken into account was the tropical like climate that the Isles of Scilly gets. It was hot. I should have packed shorts and flip flops!
The Isles of Scilly have some of the most beautiful beaches I have every seen. The sand is white and the water is crystal clear. If you visit in October like we did then you have it all to yourself!
We spent hours on the beaches searching for shells, the cowry shells were are favourites.
As you are not leaving the UK you don’t have the hassle of remembering passports and other travel documents. You simply check in and go.
No Language Barrier
One problem I always have when travelling abroad is the language barrier, I always feel slightly on edge in case I suddenly need help with something and can’t translate my message to someone. Obviously, this isn’t an issue in the Isles of Scilly as everyone is British.
The Scillies has some amazing wildlife including seals, dolphins and puffins. Unfortunately, as we were there in October we didn’t get to see the puffins or the seals but we did see a few dolphins as we travelled to the islands on the ferry. I’m hoping when we go back in the Summer next year we will see them.
The Clear Water
I still can’t quite get over how clear the water was, you could literally see the bottom and the colour was amazing! My photos don’t do it justice at all.
The Plant Life
As the islands benefit from an Oceanic climate it makes it an ideal place to grow tropical plants. The best ones can be seen in the Abbey Gardens on Tresco although you’ll also see them on the other islands dotted around everywhere.
The Local Produce
Everywhere you look in the Scillies there are little food stalls selling fresh local foods. We always made sure we took a rucksack with us so we could stock up on goodies along the way.