Isles of Scilly 2014

Isles of Scilly 2014

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).

St Mary's Harbour, Isles of Scilly

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.

Tripper Boat, Isles of Scilly

St Mary’s

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.

Buggy Hire on St Mary's

St Mary's Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly

We had lunch at Juliet’s Garden Restaurant and Bar. Pictured below.

Juliet's Garden Restaurant and Bar

St Agnes

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.

The Turks Head, St Agnes

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!

St Agnes, Isles of Scilly


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.


Tresco Isles of scilly

The beaches on Tresco are simply gorgeous and we managed to find some amazing coloured shells.

Beach, Tresco


St Martin’s

St Martin’s is the northernmost populated island. It’s 2 miles long.

Tripper boat, Islands

St Martin's, Isles of Scilly

Scilly Organic

The Seven Stones Inn, St Martins


Bryher is the smallest of the five inhabited islands.

Bryer, Isles of Scilly

The house that featured in the film ‘When the Whales Came’.

Bryher, House in When the Whales Came

The Fraggle Rock Bar where we stopped for some lunch.

The Fraggle Rock Cafe on Bryher Island

Veronica's Fudge on Bryher Island

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.

Agapanthus, Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly

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.

Map of the Islands

Image Credit: St Mary’s Boatmen Association

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9 thoughts on “Isles of Scilly 2014

  1. Oh this has taken me right back to our long weekend – I think you got better weather in August than a few of our August days! It’s so beautiful here and fantastic with kids too. We did get to see the seals as well which was amazing. Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    1. It was amazing weather, totally took us by surprise and made me wish I had packed shorts! We saw a few dolphins on the trip over but didn’t see any seals. Hopefully we will on our trip over next summer

  2. Oh this looks lovely! 2nd post I’ve seen recently about the Scilly Isles (I saw MummyTravel’s one too) – funny how that goes because it’s such a tiny place, it’s like waiting ages for a bus and then 2 come along at once, LOL.

    I’ve always fancied going to Tresco as I knew about all the flowers they grow there due to the climate and obviously had heard of St Mary’s (we’d have a blast in that little buggy!), but hadn’t seen much about the other islands.

    Really want to go even more now 🙂


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