Last year we were lucky enough to get a week off without the children. We opted to travel to the Isles of Scilly as Phil spent a lot of his childhood sailing over there with his Aunt and Uncle and I had never been before and he was desperate to show me how lovely it is.
We weren’t able to take our boat over as we didn’t have enough time to get there and back actually spend time on the islands so we travelled on the Scillonian which is the main ferry to the islands.
For anyone that doesn’t know the Scilly Isles are situated off of the South West coast of England and benefits from a warmer climate thanks to the gulf stream.
We went in October so we packed for Autumn weather, taking mainly jumpers and jeans which was a huge mistake. It was boiling over there! Hotter than it had been all Summer on the main land.
Here’s a view of St Mary’s harbour, which is the biggest of the islands. This is where you will come into if you travel on the Scillonian ferry. (Pictured in the background).
We stayed on St Mary’s in a self catering apartment.
To get to the off islands you need to catch one of the tripper boats. You buy your tickets in one of the shops on St Mary’s and then hand the ticket to the boatmen when you get on board. Just make sure you get on the right boat! The whole tripper boat system is run by the St Mary’s Boatmen Association.
One of the days we stayed on St Mary’s and hired a buggy to explore the whole island. It’s the largest inhabited island of the group and has around 1,800 residents. It covers an area of less than 2.5 miles. We spent the day going around the whole island and stopping at certain points to walk down to the coast.
We had lunch at Juliet’s Garden Restaurant and Bar. Pictured below.
The first night we headed over to St Agnes for some supper at the Turks Head. It is the southernmost populated island of the Isles of Scilly. The whole island measures about a mile across. St Agnes homes the famous circular maze.
We didn’t explore the island very far as it was getting dark and the last thing you want to do is miss the tripper boat back to St Mary’s. Camping rough isn’t really my thing!
Tresco is the second largest of the islands. This is where you will find the famous Tresco Abbey gardens with all of the beautiful tropical plants.
The beaches on Tresco are simply gorgeous and we managed to find some amazing coloured shells.
St Martin’s is the northernmost populated island. It’s 2 miles long.
Bryher is the smallest of the five inhabited islands.
The house that featured in the film ‘When the Whales Came’.
The Fraggle Rock Bar where we stopped for some lunch.
Before you leave the islands is an unwritten rule that you have to take home an agapanthus plant which you can find for sale at the many stalls that are dotted around the islands.
We had an amazing time while we were out there and can’t wait to go back next Summer with our own boat. I’m personally looking forward to seeing the puffins and seals over on Annet which we didn’t see on this trip as it was the wrong time of year.
To read more about the Isles of Scilly have a look at the Visit Isles of Scilly website.