Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to 2000 islanders, the Isles of Scilly are often described as 'a world apart’. Lying 28 miles off the Cornish coast, the Isles are a unique sub-tropical haven for a variety of wildlife.
Our base is the Bell Rock Hotel, Hugh Town, on St Mary’s, the largest and most vibrant of the inhabited islands. The Island capital, Hugh Town is an ideal base to enjoy mile upon mile of coastal paths and nature trails or to visit the other islands, all of which are accessible from the quay. St Mary’s has a wealth of traditional pubs, restaurants and cafes in which to relax and unwind.
Friday: We depart Hugglescote this morning and make our way to The Queens Hotel, Penzance with stops en route. We aim to arrive at the hotel late afternoon.
Saturday: We board the coach to make the short journey to the ferry port to catch The Scillonian III for our crossing over to St Mary’s. This is where our coach leaves us as we make the 2 hours 45minute journey over to the Island. We stay at the Bell Rock Hotel, St Mary’s, situated in Hugh Town, the capital of St Mary’s for the next 4 nights. A luggage transfer will be provided by a local operator whilst we make the 10-minute walk to the hotel.
Sunday: Enjoy an introductory guided tour of St Mary’s with a local coach operator. Commentary will provide an insight into life on this, the largest island in the archipelago. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure relaxing in the hotel or walking along the beach.
Monday: We depart the hotel this morning for a visit to Tresco Abbey Gardens by boat. After you disembark the boat, there will be a walk of approximately 10-15 minutes, at a leisurely pace to the gardens.
Tuesday: Why not spend the day exploring Hugh Town? It is situated between two beaches and is home to a variety of shops, art and craft galleries and restaurants. This afternoon, enjoy a stroll along the Garrison walls high above the town or simply relax on Portcressa or Town Beach.
Wednesday: Sadly, it is time to leave the tranquility of the island and make the short walk to the ferry terminal, where once again we make the journey over to the mainland and meet our waiting coach. We then make our way to The Queen’s Hotel, Penzance.
Thursday: We depart the hotel and make our way back to Hugglescote, making a lunch stop en route.
INLUDED IN YOUR HOLIDAY
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4 nights hotel accommodation, dinner and cooked breakfast throughout at the Bell Rock Hotel, St Mary’s
2 nights hotel accommodation, dinner and cooked breakfast at The Queens Hotel, Penzance
Full escorted throughout
Return passenger ferry crossings from Penzance to St Mary’s (subject to tides and weather)
Return luggage transfer between ferry and hotel
Introductory tour of St Mary’s with local operator
Boat trip to Tresco with a visit to Tresco Abbey Gardens
Free time to explore St Mary’s at leisure
Please note: Valid proof of identity is required to travel on the Scillonian III. This can be passport, photographic driving licence, citizen card, bus pass issued by your local council or a signed credit or bank card.
Those passengers that cannot walk reasonable distances will be limited in their enjoyment of this holiday and you will be responsible for handling your own luggage between the coach and ferry.
The Queen’s Hotel***
The Promenade, Penzance
This comfortable hotel has a seafront location with stunning views across Mount’s Bay, close to the town centre. The hotel staff have been welcoming visitors to Penzance since 1862 and take pride in offering a fantastic service in a friendly atmosphere.
All bedrooms are en suite with tea/coffee making facilities and a television.
Bell Rock Hotel**
Church Street, St Mary’s
This small hotel has been welcoming guests for over 100 years and is situated in Hugh Town, the capital of St Mary’s and prides itself on the personal, attentive service given.
All 23 bedrooms are en suite with tea/coffee making facilities, television and hair dryer and has been extensively modernised. The hotel doesn’t have a lift but there are some ground floor rooms. There is also an indoor pool.
Single room supplement on the first 6 single rooms available: £34
Distant sea views on request and may incur a supplement.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT THE BELL ROCK HOTEL
Excellent service and food, above expectations – Mrs J Roe, Loughborough
Lovely hotel, good food and friendly helpful staff – Mrs G Farrar, Newhall