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Ferries to Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are a British archipelago sitting just off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula.

Commonly known as the ‘Scillies’, they’re in a beautiful world of their own, away from the bustling mainland. Traffic, supermarkets and hotel complexes don’t exist here. They also have one of the mildest climates in the United Kingdom, with warmer winters and more hours of sunshine than south-west England.

The five inhabited islands are St Mary’s, Tresco, Bryher, St Martin’s and St Agnes, with a further one hundred or so uninhabited islets strung across the bays.

The Scillies make an ideal slow-paced weekend getaway, boasting plenty of sublime Mediterranean-style beaches. The most picturesque can be found on St Martin’s, where you can try snorkelling with playful seals.

St Martin’s is also home to the smallest and most southerly vineyard in the UK, with recently planted pinot noir and chardonnay vines.

The stunning Tresco Abbey Garden was created in 1843 and is a must see for any horticulturist. On a stroll through the gardens, you’ll spot over twenty thousand exotic plant species including desert cacti and crimson flame trees.

St Mary’s is the largest and most visited of the Scillies. It has a well-preserved Bronze Age tomb or ‘entrance grave’ known as Bant’s Carn and an Ancient Roman settlement at the foot of the hill.

In the summer months, be on the on the lookout for the local ‘gig race’. This is a wonderful spectacle involving crews of six rowing a boat known as a ‘gig’, between the main islands.

You can sail from Penzance in Cornwall and arrive in St Mary’s within three hours. The journey itself is a great opportunity to spot dolphins and to drink in the beautiful scenery. The service is run every day, with 'Isles of Scilly Travel' ferries fully equipped with cafés and comfortable seating.

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  • "Missed Ferry "

    Hi i went on line to book a ferry to the Scilly Isles fir a friend, he was on national coaches from victoria and at a toilet break was yold 15mins he came back and no coach, money or phone 😂 he had to wait for the return coach he was not happy, he was on the way to start a new job, on route he could not contact you as you hace a £6 call charge do artived at the ferry this morning they contacted me and i had to buy another boat ticket, i except the delay was not your making but having no way of contacting you is not good as fat as customer service. Regards Nigel Raven 07766900777

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  • "First time visit to Isles of Scilly"

    The ferry service is well run and staff get the luggage on and off quickly. Comfortable seats and plenty of room. Journey across is spectacular but ferry can roll if sea is choppy and anti sea sickness tablets recommended if not a good sailor. Left mobile on seat when I disembarked but rung the office and most helpful in locating it for me.

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  • "update"

    Dear Sir/Maddam Was very disapointed as the time of just 4 hours was not enough time on the island to see much, it would have been better if the ferry sailed at 8am and retuned at 8pm, which would have allowed us to travel to Tresco to see the gardens and have enough time to see the rest of St Mary, as by the time we reached St Mary, there was no boats goint to Tresco until 3pm which was not enough time to go there as the ferry was leaving St Mary at 16.30, so we had to be onboard by 4pm, so a wasted journey, as unfortunatly I don't have enough time to stay on the island for more than a day, and the main point of going there was to see the abby gardens on Tresco so my wife and I wasted £110

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  • "Pleasant experience"

    Very comfortable and well organised. We even arrived back early into Penzance.

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