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In early July we headed off to Cornwall, where we enjoyed a couple of nights in Plymouth before our morning ferry crossing to the Isles of Scilly, where we spent four nights at the excellent Bell Rock Hotel in St Marys.

This holiday was a little different to the usual, as Serena stayed on the mainland, tucked up in the coach park for the week, while Nigel and Sandie flew across to meet the group on St Marys, as logistics meant the timings were too tight to get back to the port to join the ferry (we promise we weren’t avoiding the choppy seas!)

INTRODUCTORY TOUR OF ST MARY'S

Our first full day on St Mary's included a half day tour by mini-coach. We were accompanied by two local drivers who gave us a fascinating tour including some history of the islands, local landmarks and a coffee stop at a lovely little cafe to enjoy some cake and ice-cream

After our tour, the rest of the week was free for everyone to spend as they wish, whether that was island-hopping to explore the other islands of the archipelago, enjoying walks or just relaxing in this beautifully peaceful village.

ISLAND HOPPING

The local boat companies offer daily trips to the five inhabited islands, as well as some sightseeing and wildlife cruises. Many of our group took a trip across to Tresco, with its beautiful sandy beaches. Not to be missed was Tresco Abbey Garden, which was a stunning microclimate of plants and flowers that don’t grow anywhere else in the UK, in the grounds of the ruined abbey. It was also fascinating to visit the small Valhalla Museum in the grounds of the museum, which was an amazing collection of figureheads from shipwrecks around the Isles of Scilly and further afield.

ST MARYS

St Marys is the main island in the archipelago, with local shops, museum and art gallery all located in the harbour area. Some of our group also enjoyed the opportunity to explore some local walks, including a circular route around the Garrison, close to St Marys Harbour. Others walked to Oldchurch, with its small bay and church which is the resting place of former Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his wife.

It was an excellent week on the Isles of Scilly and we can’t wait to go back another time!

To see our trip highlights video visit: https://bit.ly/EHCrSI1

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