The beautiful Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly are an archipelago of five inhabited islands and other small rocky islets situated 28 miles from Lands End, the most South Westerly point of the British Isles. With a total population of just over two thousand, an exceptionally mild climate, beautiful flowers and countless white sandy beaches, they are also known for their friendliness, birds, clear turquoise sea and ancient sites and monuments.
This morning/afternoon your local guide will meet you at St Mary’s quay and give a short introductory talk about the history of the Isles. Traces of human life on Scilly stretch back at least 8,000 years, when the islands were one large land-mass that was home to nomadic hunter-gatherers. Their flint tools still sometimes turn up today, on beaches and in fields.
Off to the isle of St. Mary's
After your introduction venture off by foot to enjoy a scenic tour of the Garrison on the isle of St. Mary’s and look across to Bryher and Tresco, marveling that even though you can walk between them, they are so utterly different. Marvel at the beautiful views before ending up in Star Castle to enjoy a tea or coffee in the 16th Century Castle Dungeon Bar. Star Castle is now a hotel, but it was built as an impregnable fortress back in 1593 and gets its name from the shape of its eight-sided central keep, curtain wall and dry moat.
Just to the right of the castle you'll see a campsite and just right of this a footpath branches right and takes you down to Steval Point Battery, which marks the island's most westerly point. On a clear day you'll enjoy fabulous views over to St Agnes and distant, lonely Bishop's Rock Lighthouse.
Hugh Town and its beaches
Following refreshments there will be an opportunity for you to explore Hugh Town at your leisure which is the main and largest settlement on the Island, before returning to your ship. Hugh Town is the central hub with its cluster of shops, banks, churches, post office, cafés, galleries, restaurants and pubs as well as the wonderful museum. It has three lovely beaches in very close proximity; Porthcressa with a children’s play area close by; Town Beach, a perfect spot to watch the comings and goings on the Quay; and Porthmellon which also hosts the Sailing Centre.
Stay in Hugh Town for more sightseeing and shopping and return to the Quay at your leisure or walk back with your guide after refreshments at Star Castle.
- Tea and coffee served at Dungeon Bar, Star Castle
- Clothing: Comfortable shoes are recommended
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 50
- Walking information: Walking tour of the garden lasting approximately 1.5 hours which roughly a 1 ½ mile walk. Guests need to be fairly fit walkers. There is a steep slope at the beginning of the tour and the rest of the walk is on fairly flat, even ground.