I stayed 3 nights on the lovely island of St Martins (Isles of Scilly) recently with my wife and our two boys and I have to say, it was really special. Below giving you reasons why you’ll most likely fall in love with the Isles of Scilly like we did, you might well be wondering where they are. The Isles of Scilly is an archipelago of 5 inhabited islands: St. Mary’s, Tresco, St. Martin’s, Bryher and St Agnes, and some 150 islands and rocks 28 miles off the southwestern tip of Cornwall, South West England. You can either fly (highly recommend!) or sail to the Isles of Scilly from Penzance Harbour, Land’s End, Newquay or Exeter Airports with Isles of Scilly Travel. Also flying by helicopter could be made available very soon with plans for a new Penzance heliport announced recently.
Okay so now you know where I’m taking about, here’s 10 reasons why we loved the Isles Of Scilly for a relaxing holiday…
Photography Note: All these Isles of Scilly photos were taken by myself. If you want to see more then head over to my photography website at markshawphotography.co.uk
Getting there….an adventure in itself!
As i’ve already mentioned, you can either fly or sail to the Isles of Scilly and we opted for the 20 minute flight..and wow what a flight, loved it! The usual larger plane was unavailable so we boarded a 7 seater plane and sat right behind the pilot. You get stunning views of the Cornish coastline flying at around 1,000 feet and then the Isles of Scilly come into view in the distance. Such a great start to your time on these islands.
Once you’ve landed on the island of St Mary’s, if you’re staying on one of the other 4 islands like we were, you’ll need to hop on a boat which run regularly in between islands and another great experience with amazing views and wildlife.
You’ll be taken aback by the beaches on the island of St Martins where we stayed, they truly are stunning and probably the best beaches in the UK if you like uncrowded, clean, beautiful soft white sand and turquoise clear waters. I’m lucky enough to have been to many amazing beaches, places like Oahu and Mexico…and the beaches on St Martins are honestly right up there with the best of them if you get fine weather like we had.
The sand on the beaches here even sparkle!
The white sand beaches and rocks are the perfect playground for kids and adults can relax in the romantic relaxing setting.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel to locations famed for breathtaking sunsets such as Hawaii but I have to say, just like the beaches…the sunsets on the Isles of Scilly are right up there with the best of them.
Scenery & Remoteness
You’ll get that the feeling you’re a world away from the UK, when if fact you’re just 28 miles off the southwestern tip of England. Being a photographer, I loved the wild and varied landscapes, the white sand beaches and the clear turquoise waters of the the Scillies. Around every corner is a picture postcard.
Fresh Local Food
Fresh local produce is available on all the islands with lobsters and crab caught daily in Scillonian waters, island-grown food and veg, island-reared beef and duck. It really doesn’t get any fresher here.
There’s something really special about hopping from island to island on a boat. The captain told us to watch out for dolphins but we didn’t see any this time, but we saw plenty of fish.
Our boys have never walked so much during our 3 days on the Isles of Scilly! You never know what’s going to be around the next corner and everyone we met along the way were so nice and friendly. There are beaches to explore, sand tracks to run free down and varied coastlines to explore.
Flora and Fauna
Walking around you’ll come across so many flowers and plants that grow on these islands. Wild garlic grows along the coastal paths and the lovely scent fills the air.
Stay in luxury
We stayed at the luxury hotel Karma St Martins with interconnecting rooms perfect for families. Both rooms had balconies with amazing views overlooking the azure waters of the Tean Sound. The rooms were perfect, as was the hotel location. The hotel staff were all lovely, and the food was delicious which we enjoyed eating al fresco with the lovely summer weather we had. A 5 minute walk down the road is the only pub on the island of St Martins, Seven Stones Inn which you must also try for great food, drink and amazing panoramic views. Other amenities at the hotel included a lovely spa, a white-sand beach, a private jetty and an art gallery. There were lots of activities you could try out such as horseback riding and snorkelling with seals which we will be trying on our next visit.