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With beautiful weather and Isles of Scilly Travel now making it even easier to get to, what are you waiting for?
Lying just off the coast of Cornwall, the heath-covered collection of islands that make up the Isles of Scilly are fast becoming Britain’s hottest staycation destination.
Comprised of five inhabited islands – St. Mary’s, Tresco, St. Martin’s, Bryher and St. Agnes – plus countless others to discover, this stunning archipelago offers up stunning vistas, rugged coastlines and a unique, laid back islander attitude, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.
However, it’s during the spring when the Isles of Scilly really come into their own. Boasting beautifully warm weather plus a wealth of easy transport options from Isles of Scilly Travel, the islands make for a fantastic pre-summer getaway, packed full of activities to suit everyone.
Here are 5 reasons why the Isles of Scilly make for the perfect spring break:
1. The picturesque beaches
Sitting little over two miles long, the island of St. Martin’s has some of the finest beaches in the UK. Think powdery white sand, crystal clear waters and spectacular sunsets, all just a boat ride away from the mainland. With only 120 residents, this enterprising yet relaxed island community offers everything from diving lessons to artisan baked goods.
2. It’s a must for garden lovers
Privately-owned Tresco is the second largest of the islands, and it’s sub-tropical climate makes it ideal for nature lovers. Established in the 1830s, the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden draws plant enthusiasts from across the globe with its 20,000-strong collection of exotic flora, plus the spectacular Valhalla collection with its display of figureheads salvaged from local shipwrecks is guaranteed to delight.
3. Travelling there is a dream
With a variety of travel options to suit every budget, the Isles of Scilly are easily accessible from the Cornish mainland. Whether it be on the convenient Scillonian passenger ferry from Penzance (perfect for families); by plane with Skybus from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter; or a thrilling helicopter ride, getting there has never been simpler and is all part of the experience. Visit the Isles of Scilly Travel website to explore all your travel options.
4. There’s so much to do for all ages
There really is something for everyone. Let younger family members find their sea legs on an island hopper boat trip, or plan a hike along one of the many coastal trails. Diving enthusiasts will delight in the unique marine habitats that play host to a multitude of underwater creatures, whereas history buffs will marvel at ancient landmarks including the 17th-century tower of Cromwell’s Castle standing at the north of Tresco.
5. It’s a foodie haven
Island life naturally revolves around the ocean, so it’s no surprise that the Isles of Scilly produce some of the finest seafood in the UK. Fresh lobster is a regional delicacy, but the temperate climate also allows other produce to flourish. Island-reared beef and home-grown vegetables top local menus, while family-run businesses create mouth-watering treats such as ice cream and fudge. With so many restaurants and food markets to choose from (differing from island to island), this is a culinary destination in its own right.
To find out more about the islands’ travel options, visit the Isles of Scilly Travel website.
With a little bit of planning now, a spectacular spring break will be closer than you think!