Cornwall LivingIssue #71
Make the connection to Scilly in 2018, venturing by sea or sky with Isles of Scilly Travel.
Have you discovered the unspoilt heaven lying just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall that feels like an exotic escape?
The Isles of Scilly are the first-place summer arrives in England – and the last place that it leaves – with crystal-clear turquoise seas and fine white sandy beaches, all within easy reach of the mainland.
“Snorkel with seals, kayak to hidden coves and take a boat trip to spot rare birds and wildlife…”
And it’s now even easier to play your part in the story of these magical islands, thanks to Isles of Scilly Travel launching a new year-round helicopter service from Land’s End to Scilly which starts in May 2018, offering up to eight flights a day, six days a week.
Island Helicopters will be operated by Gloucester-based Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) in partnership with Isles of Scilly Travel, using brand new 10-seater AW169 helicopters.
Tickets start from £215 for a return journey and go on sale from April.
Alternatively, you can connect to Scilly by taking to the skies with Skybus fixed-wing flights from Exeter, Newquay and Land’s End Airports, all reaching Scilly in under an hour, or choose a relaxing sail from Penzance aboard the iconic Scillonian III passenger ferry.
Once you arrive, you can live the island life and hop between the five inhabited islands of St Mary’s, St Martin’s, Bryher, Tresco and St Agnes, as well as exploring the many more uninhabited islands surrounding them.
Snorkel with seals, kayak to hidden coves and take a boat trip to spot rare birds and wildlife, or simply wind down and soak up the views as you stroll along some of the 60 miles of stunning coastal footpaths, relax on largely deserted beaches, or wander through the famous gardens that flourish in this subtropical climate.
So relish your chance to connect with a slower, gentler pace of life next year – and see for yourself why people who visit the Isles of Scilly tend to come back time
"Snorkel with seals, kayak to hidden coves and take a boat trip to spot rare birds and wildlife..."