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Stunning Isles Of Scilly

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8647

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

8 days

Heritage 2020

PRICE FROM ? £1425 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Uncrowded, beautiful, and unspoilt, the Isles of Scilly lie just off the coast of Cornwall, but feel like a world away from the mainland. On this break we step back in time and explore the fascinating history of St Mary’s, which stretches back to the Bronze Age, and also experience Tresco’s sub-tropical splendour. We combine this enchanting archipelago with visits to peaceful Trelissick Garden and exotic Glendurgan Garden on mainland Cornwall, completing our magical discovery of natural wonders and historic gems.

Self Drive Itinerary

Day One 
After joining the coach, we journey to the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth where we stay overnight.

Day Two – Ferry to the Isles of Scilly
We travel to Penzance to catch the ferry to St Mary’s. In the afternoon, we enjoy a short coach tour which introduces us to the beautiful island of St Mary’s and helps us get our bearings. We visit Harry’s Walls, an unfinished artillery fort, and Garrison Walls, one of the most impressive coastal defence systems in Britain. Later, we check in to the Bell Rock Hotel, our base for the next four nights.

Day Three – St Mary’s
Covering an area of less than 2½ square miles, St Mary’s is full of hidden treasures and amazing archaeological sites. Today we enjoy a historic walking tour beginning at the Bronze Age entrance grave of Bant’s Carn, continuing to Innisidgen Lower and Upper Burial Chambers (the upper cairn is the best preserved on the island) before finishing our tour at Porth Hellick Down Burial Chamber, which dates back to 2,000 BC.

This afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. There is plenty to see in St Mary’s, or you could take the chance to take a boat to one of the beautiful neighbouring islands. 

Day Four – Tresco Abbey Garden
We catch the ferry across to Tresco, the second largest of the islands. Here we explore the glorious Tresco Abbey Garden, a horticultural paradise where some 20,000 exotic species from 80 countries thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Originally established as a private garden in the 19th century by island owner Augustus Smith, the diversity of plant life found within the garden is as extraordinary as it is unique.

Afterwards there’s the option to join a 4-mile walk to Cromwell’s Castle and King Charles’ Castle. Situated on a rocky promontory, Cromwell’s Castle was built after the conquest of the Royalist Scillies in 1651 and is one of Britain’s few surviving Cromwellian fortifications. At King Charles’ Castle we can see the ruins of a small artillery fort built during the reign of Edward VI (1547-53). Alternatively enjoy some free time to explore Tresco.


Day Five – Day at leisure
We enjoy a day at leisure today, another opportunity perhaps to visit one of the neighbouring islands.

Day Six – St Mary’s & ferry back to Penzance
This morning we have some time at leisure in St Mary’s. Hugh Town is the central hub of the island with shops, cafés, galleries, restaurants and pubs as well as a wonderful museum. There are also three lovely beaches close by.

We then catch an afternoon ferry back to Penzance and return to the Penventon Park Hotel where we stay for the next two nights. 

Day Seven – Trelissick Garden & Glendurgan Garden
The National Trust’s tranquil Trelissick Garden is our first stop, set on its own peninsula with superb views of the River Fal. We explore the twisting paths that take us through 30 acres of elevated gardens featuring beautiful displays of hydrangeas and rhododendrons amongst a varied collection of floral delights. The main lawn offers exotic borders and a magnificent Japanese red cedar tree as its focal point, while the Cornish orchard is overlooked by the beautiful water tower and was originally used to preserve a number of local apple varieties.

We continue to the National Trust owned Glendurgan Garden, a sub-tropical garden established by the Fox family close to the Helston River. Spread across three narrow and sheltered coastal valleys, native wild flowers complement exotic plants here. Make sure to stroll through the peaceful valley to the bottom, where the unspoilt former fishing village of Durgan with its lovely little beach awaits.

Day Eight
After checking out of our hotel we board the coach for our return journey home.

Self Drive Bullets

  • 3 nights at the 3-star Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth with dinner & breakfast
  • 4 nights at the 2-star Bell Rock Hotel, St Mary’s with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage at our mainland hotel
  • Welcome drink at the Penventon Park Hotel
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotels
  • Return ferry from Penzance to St Mary’s
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Tresco Abbey Garden, Trelissick Garden & Glendurgan Garden
  • Coach tour of St Mary’s
  • Guided historic walking tour of St Mary’s
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

Search Bullets

  • 3 nights at the 3-star Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth with dinner & breakfast
  • 4 nights at the 2-star Bell Rock Hotel, St Mary’s with dinner & breakfast
  • Visits to Tresco Abbey Garden, Trelissick Garden & Glendurgan Garden
  • Coach tour of St Mary’s
  • Guided historic walking tour of St Mary’s
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

Helpful Information

Please note: you will need a reasonable degree of mobility to keep up with the pace of the tour; you may encounter steep or rough terrain and have stairs to climb. As a general guideline, we recommend that you are comfortable to stroll for 20-30 minutes at a time.

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Coach Itinerary

Coach Holidays To Scilly Isles

Day One 
After joining the coach, we journey to the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth where we stay overnight.

Day Two – Ferry to the Isles of Scilly
We travel to Penzance to catch the ferry to St Mary’s. In the afternoon, we enjoy a short coach tour which introduces us to the beautiful island of St Mary’s and helps us get our bearings. We visit Harry’s Walls, an unfinished artillery fort, and Garrison Walls, one of the most impressive coastal defence systems in Britain. Later, we check in to the Bell Rock Hotel, our base for the next four nights.

Day Three – St Mary’s
Covering an area of less than 2½ square miles, St Mary’s is full of hidden treasures and amazing archaeological sites. Today we enjoy a historic walking tour beginning at the Bronze Age entrance grave of Bant’s Carn, continuing to Innisidgen Lower and Upper Burial Chambers (the upper cairn is the best preserved on the island) before finishing our tour at Porth Hellick Down Burial Chamber, which dates back to 2,000 BC.

This afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. There is plenty to see in St Mary’s, or you could take the chance to take a boat to one of the beautiful neighbouring islands. 

Day Four – Tresco Abbey Garden
We catch the ferry across to Tresco, the second largest of the islands. Here we explore the glorious Tresco Abbey Garden, a horticultural paradise where some 20,000 exotic species from 80 countries thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Originally established as a private garden in the 19th century by island owner Augustus Smith, the diversity of plant life found within the garden is as extraordinary as it is unique.

Afterwards there’s the option to join a 4-mile walk to Cromwell’s Castle and King Charles’ Castle. Situated on a rocky promontory, Cromwell’s Castle was built after the conquest of the Royalist Scillies in 1651 and is one of Britain’s few surviving Cromwellian fortifications. At King Charles’ Castle we can see the ruins of a small artillery fort built during the reign of Edward VI (1547-53). Alternatively enjoy some free time to explore Tresco.


Day Five – Day at leisure
We enjoy a day at leisure today, another opportunity perhaps to visit one of the neighbouring islands.

Day Six – St Mary’s & ferry back to Penzance
This morning we have some time at leisure in St Mary’s. Hugh Town is the central hub of the island with shops, cafés, galleries, restaurants and pubs as well as a wonderful museum. There are also three lovely beaches close by.

We then catch an afternoon ferry back to Penzance and return to the Penventon Park Hotel where we stay for the next two nights. 

Day Seven – Trelissick Garden & Glendurgan Garden
The National Trust’s tranquil Trelissick Garden is our first stop, set on its own peninsula with superb views of the River Fal. We explore the twisting paths that take us through 30 acres of elevated gardens featuring beautiful displays of hydrangeas and rhododendrons amongst a varied collection of floral delights. The main lawn offers exotic borders and a magnificent Japanese red cedar tree as its focal point, while the Cornish orchard is overlooked by the beautiful water tower and was originally used to preserve a number of local apple varieties.

We continue to the National Trust owned Glendurgan Garden, a sub-tropical garden established by the Fox family close to the Helston River. Spread across three narrow and sheltered coastal valleys, native wild flowers complement exotic plants here. Make sure to stroll through the peaceful valley to the bottom, where the unspoilt former fishing village of Durgan with its lovely little beach awaits.

Day Eight
After checking out of our hotel we board the coach for our return journey home.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel
  • 3 nights at the 3-star Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth with dinner & breakfast
  • 4 nights at the 2-star Bell Rock Hotel, St Mary’s with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage at our mainland hotel
  • Welcome drink at the Penventon Park Hotel
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotels
  • Return ferry from Penzance to St Mary’s
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Tresco Abbey Garden, Trelissick Garden & Glendurgan Garden
  • Coach tour of St Mary’s
  • Guided historic walking tour of St Mary’s
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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