As you approach the Isles of Scilly for the first time, you might imagine that it is a Caribbean archipelago that you are seeing. The beautiful Scilly is one of the gems of South West England that you have to see at least one. It is beautiful for family holidays and solo holidays in the summer or in spring.
It may be a small island where residents don’t lock their doors, but there is so much to do that you cannot possibly see it all before you leave. Read on to find out some of the amazing things you can do in the Isle of Scilly whenever you visit.
Gigs are rowing boats that were originally launched to rescue shipwreck survivors and used to ferry pilots to waiting ships. In the Isles of Scilly, they are now used in a races held on a weekly basis. These races are a serious affair and a delight to watch. While the men’s races are held on Fridays, the women’s races are held on Wednesdays.
If you would like to see the islands all at once, your best bet is to go on a boat trip. You’ll get to see the Western Rocks and the exact shelf where the devastating eighteenth-century naval mishap occurred. If yours is a wandering mind, you might not feel quite right floating above the souls of 2,000 drowned men.
A day out with the Puffins
See the puffins and embark on a trip to the Bishop Rock lighthouse, which is the world’s smallest island with a building constructed on it. As you do that, you will gain new knowledge from the skipper giving a commentary on the wreck sites and local bird species.
Have a Picnic on a Lonely Island
If you have always wondered what it would feel like to have a picnic on a deserted island, this would be the perfect opportunity to do so. You can have a private launch and hamper arranged for you. Take all the time you need on the deserted island and when you’re ready to interact with people again, a boat will take you right back.
See the Underwater Life Without getting Soaked
You don’t need a wetsuit to see the seals up close when you get on the glass bottomed boat, Sea Quest. Since the water is so clear, you’ll have a fantastic view of the creatures that live in the water.
Practise your Swing
You can make a stop at the nine-hole golf course at St Mary’s for a few hours of swinging a golf club. Just be careful not to get distracted by the sea views and hit something other than the golf ball!
Get a History Lesson
To learn about the history of Scilly, check out the slideshows at the Methodist Hall on St. Mary’s. There are timetables though, so be sure to check the local boards.
There’s a lot more to do in Scilly, so be sure to stop by soon!