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Walking holiday on the UK's
Isles of Scilly

Visit St Mary's, St Martin's Tresco, Bryher,
St Agnes and Gugh

This self guided Cornish walking holiday in the UK on The Isles of Scilly makes a varied and interesting hiking tour. The Isles of Scilly walking tour includes the highlights of all the main islands, with a chance to explore the unique flora and fauna of The Isles of Scilly.
Walking holiday on the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall Online Booking Available
Suggested Tour Duration:
7 nights, 6 days walking
Total Distance:
15 miles
Min/max daily distance:
5 miles
Average Daily distance:
4 miles
Grading:
easy
Features:
beaches, boats, gardens, wildlife
       
The Isles of Scilly walking tour is an easy walking holiday and takes in boat trips to St Martin's, Tresco, Bryher, St Agnes, Gugh, as well as an option to view some of the UK's most stunning coastline from the air or from the sea. The route can be walked in any order and for those looking for a longer walking vacation it can be linked to a walking holiday on the South West Coast Path.

The islands are steeped in history and this walking holiday incorporates many of the most important sites. The Abbey Gardens on Tresco are some of the most famous in Cornwall and one of the jewels of The Isles of Scilly.

Penzance, Cornwall Day 1: Arrive Penzance, Cornwall
To start your Isles of Scilly walking holiday you make your own to Penzance in Cornwall. We can assist with air, coach or train transfers. Many of our guests have used this journey as an opportunity to travel the world famous railway journey to Penzance via Exeter and the coast of the English Riviera, possibly one of the finest rail journeys in England. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday on The Isles of Scilly.
Day 2: Travel from Penzance to St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly
There is a choice of transport to The Isles of Scilly; the plane service takes 10mins approx and the most popular method is aboard the ship The Scillonian 3, a voyage of approx 2 hours 40mins, which is included in the price of your holiday. The ship cruises along the Cornish coast passing Mousehole, Porthcurno and Land's End. During the cruise dolphins, whales, cormorants and diving gannets are a common sight. Upon arrival on St Mary's you check into the accommodation where you will stay for the duration of your walking tour of The Isles of Scilly.
Scillonian 3 in St Mary's Isles of Scilly
Day 3: Day exploring St Mary's
Today's walk is spilt into two parts both approximately 2 ½ hours long enabling time for a leisurely lunch in one of the pubs and restaurants in Hugh Town. The Garrison walk is approx 2 miles and takes in the east of St Mary's, an area known as Hugh. The area is steeped in history with The Star Castle forming the highlight dating back to Elizabethan times. The sunsets on this side of the island are stunning. The walk on the west side of the island is a bird watcher's haven, with sandy beaches, sea cliffs and marshland. The coastal walking is easy and extremely rewarding with pretty bays, fields of daffodils and exotic plants.
St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Day 4: Day exploring St Martin's
Today's walk starts with a short boat trip to the Island of St Martin's, known for its long sandy beaches and excellent for swimming. The island has many Bronze age sites and Atlantic grey seals are a common sight sunbathing on the fine beaches. The Daymarker tower, painted red and white built in the 17th century is an aid to navigation and is a famous landmark. Before returning by boat to St Mary's the Anglican church is worth a visit.
St Martin's Daymarker in the Isles of Scilly
Tresco Gardens, Isles of Scilly Day 5: Day visiting Tresco and The Abbey Gardens
Today's walk starts with a short boat trip to the Island of Tresco. The Island of Tresco has much to offer the walker: a ruined Abbey dating back to the 12th century, and one of the finest sub tropical gardens in England. Plants grown on Tresco are very rare in the rest of the UK because of the mild climate on The Isles of Scilly. You return by boat to St Mary's for your overnight stay.
Day 6: Day visiting Bryher, St Agnes and Gugh
Today's walk starts with a short boat trip to the Islands of Bryher. The Island of Bryher is small but has a lot to offer with some of the best views on any of the islands, sandy beaches, great wildlife and nice places to eat. After lunch take the boat back to St Mary's and catch the boat to St Agnes. St Agnes has many Bronze Age remains and a pool said to have been made by the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. The smaller island of Gugh is reached by a sand bar. Both of these islands are a haven for birdlife. You return by boat to St Mary's for your overnight stay.
Bryher, Isles of Scilly
Cruising on Scillonian 3, Isles of Scilly walking holiday Optional Day: extra day in the Isles of Scilly
Other walks
in Cornwall include:

SWCP
NE Cornwall


SWCP
NW Cornwall


SWCP Land's End Circular

SWCP
SW Cornwall


SWCP
SE Cornwall


Saints Way

Copper Trail

Great Gardens of Cornwall

Isles of Scilly
Day 7: Travel from St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly to Penzance
You can return to Penzance by either of the above mentioned forms of transport. Most of our guests take the ferry as it provides a relaxing cruise with great views of The Isles of Scilly and the Cornish coast.
Optional Day: extra day in Penzance

Day 8: Leave after breakfast.
At the end of your UK walking holiday you depart after breakfast or extend your holiday and spend some time exploring. We can transfer you to station or airport.

What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on the Isles of Scilly
This walking holiday in the UK on the Isles of Scilly operates between March and October.
Between March and June, and Sept to October there are no ferries or planes to or from the Isles of Scilly on Sundays, therefore you can start any day of the week except Saturday and Monday. Between July and August there are ferries and planes on Sundays and so you can start your holiday any day of the week.
Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking.
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
We pride ourselves in offering the widest choice of bespoke walking holidays on the UK.
  • accommodation at a high quality guest house, inn or small hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • return transfer on Scillonian III from Penzance
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • Ordnance Survey map of Scilly Isles
Optional Extras
for your UK walking holiday
on the Isles of Scilly
A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
  • upgrade to the region's most elegant,
    prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
Isles of Scilly 8 day itinerary:
6 days walking and 7 nights B&B accommodation
including return ferry Penzance/St Marys
5 nights Isles of Scilly, 2 nights Penzance
£616pp
dbl/twin
£721pp
single occ
£721pp
solo traveller
All prices subject to change
Extra nights from £48 per person
depending on location
Holidays commencing between
1st March 2016 and 30th June 2016
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Holidays commencing between
1st July 2016 and 10th Sept 2016
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Holidays commencing between
11th Sept 2016 and 8th Oct 2016
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How to get there
By Plane to Isles of Scilly, Newquay, Exeter or Bristol
By Car to Penzance where parking is available
By Train to Penzance
By Bus/Coach to Penzance
What our customers say:

"The boat transfers to the islands were excellent. Well organised. Your suggested itinerary was useful".                  Mr and Mrs Tabel, UK 2014

"Your suggested walks were very useful. Your total package, including luggage labels, was well thought out"       Mr and Mrs Stuart, UK 2014

"We were pleased with all the arrangements and information we received for our holiday on the Isles of Scilly. The holiday came up to expectation, and more. We were so impressed, everything in the itinerary easy to follow".    Mrs Nash and Mrs Smith 2012

"Would recommend you, and did so on the holiday!"                              Mrs Matthews 2011

"The holiday came up to expectation. Many thanks for a wonderful holiday, even the weather was perfect".  Mr and Mrs Armitage 2011

"We really enjoyed the Isles of Scilly, lovely relaxing area. Thank you for your efficient service".          Mr and Mrs Williamson 2011

"We had an excellent holiday and found the Scillies wonderful". Mr and Mrs Fredenham 2010

"We had a lovely holiday and would book with your company again and be prepared to recommend to friends. Thank you."                                          Mrs Barlow 2009
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