Cornwall Living

Scilly Escape

Where do you go on holiday if you already live in Cornwall? Simple, either somewhere else in Cornwall or a gem like the Isles of Scilly. Glittering white beaches which seem to leave tiny pieces of silver and little diamonds shimmering on your toes, and the turquoise and aquamarine of the seas around the islands – it’s a real paradise just 28 miles from the Cornish coast.

It is easy to use up all available adjectives and superlatives when writing about Scilly. If you’ve never been – they really are as good as people say! – and if you have been just once, the chances are that you will keep going back. Whether you just want to unwind and kick back, or something a bit more energetic, joining in with some of the many activities and festivals, there is something for all tastes and ages in this seaside paradise all year round.

Getting there

For me, taking the boat across becomes part of the holiday and gives you a feeling of leaving home and heading out to sea to find the islands. What’s more, there are often dolphins, sunfish, occasional whales and wonderful sea birds to be seen.

But for those without good sea legs, the little plane is an excellent choice with its fabulous views over the cliffs of Cornwall as you leave land, flying over spectacular Cape Cornwall and Land’s End, then catching your first glimpse of the islands and the amazing colour of the seas around them. www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk

 

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