Cornwall LivingIssue #77
Up, up and away
Experience a helicopter flight to the Isles of Scilly.
The Isles of Scilly are truly unspoilt, a paradise lying just 28 miles off of the coast of Cornwall; a magical cluster of islands offering up long white, sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise seas that are more reminiscent of the Caribbean than the UK.
“Snorkel with seals, kayak to hidden coves and take a boat trip to spot rare birds and wildlife”
It’s now even easier to discover why visitors return time and time again, as you can connect to Scilly on the recently launched Island Helicopters service, with daily scheduled helicopter flights available for the first time in six years. Island Helicopters is operated by Gloucester-based Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) in partnership with Isles of Scilly Travel, using brand new 10-seater AW169 helicopters.
Enjoy a stress free check-in at Land’s End Airport before hopping on board and enjoying the mesmerising views before arriving just 15 minutes after take off! Alternatively, you can opt to fly on fixed-wing Skybus planes from Exeter, Newquay or Land’s End, or enjoy a relaxing sail from Penzance on the iconic Scillonian III passenger ferry, soaking up the views of the Cornish coastline along the way.
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 – and see for yourself why people who visit the Isles of Scilly tend to come back time and again.
"Snorkel with seals, kayak to hidden coves and take a boat trip to spot rare birds and wildlife"