We were lucky enough to spend a long weekend with friends on the Isles of Scilly earlier this month, just before the main tourist season started. The islands were quiet but even in the cold winds the clear air, star-filled skies, blue seas and tranquil surroundings provided a lovely feeling of escape.
The islands are just a short hop from Land’s End, 3 hours by boat or 15 minutes by plane. The plane was our choice of transport and our dog was able to join us too; dogs are secured in a crate within the cabin next to your own seats, so all very civilized.
Why not time your own visit to coincide with Walk Scilly 2015, the islands’ annual walking festival? It runs from Saturday 11 April to Friday 17th April 2015. Now in its 9th year, there are 25 guided walks to choose, covering the inhabited islands and a few of the uninhabited ones too.
The walks cover a great range of interest with chance to enjoy heritage, foraging, the best beaches, exotic plants, flower farming, bird watching and seal/dolphin spotting. New for this year is an exploration of Tean, a channel walk between Bryher and Tresco, a springtime wildlife walk and beachcombing with an artistic twist. On top of the guided walks, the organisers have included sessions to sample other outdoor activities such as bike riding, horse riding, snorkelling with seals and kayaking; all available throughout the week to dovetail with the walks.
For more information visit http://www.visitislesofscilly.com, or find the latest news on Facebook (Visit Isles of Scilly) or Twitter (@visitIOS).
22 March 2015