The Isles of Scilly
Back last June we booked a holiday to the Isles of Scilly just off the Cornish Coast for May 2021. We are not usually that well organised but many holiday makers have discovered the beauty of the Isles and book year after year, taking a dog with us too, reduces the availability of self catering properties so it is one way to secure a place!
We took the Scillonian Ferry to travel the 28 miles to the islands. As we stood on the quay at Penzance the wind was almost taking us off our feet so you can imagine that the journey wasn't a pleasant experience, I am not a good sailor at the best of times! I'm glad I had my eyes shut most of the 4 hour journey, although later in the day we saw a video and images of our trip I'm glad I was on firm ground when I saw it!
|The ferry in calmer conditions!|
We thought the Isles of Sicily were beautiful they reminded us of the Channel Islands and also what Cornwall looked like in the 1970's, while the granite outcrops reminded me us of Dartmoor. There are few cars, a few local shops and one supermarket that with Covid restrictions often had a queue extending along the street. The Isles of Scilly are made up of 51 islands but only 5 are inhabited. We stayed on the main island St Mary's on a converted flower farm. The islands have a milder climate than the mainland and flower farming is the second biggest industry after tourism although this has declined in recent years with increased competition from overseas.
|We were surprised to spot a lone daffodil still in flower on one of the islands.|
Weather and tide permitting it is easy to take our boat to neighbouring islands all of them have a distinct character but they all have sub tropical flowers, clear and turquoise sea and and sparkling white sands.
|Tavi enjoying a paddle|
It was wonderful to see so much wildlife and wild flowers, thrushes seem to be as common as blackbirds are over here and could even be seen looking for crumbs under café tables.
It was fantastic to capture a red squirrel on Tresco, although they were native to the British Isles they are no longer common having being displaced by the larger Native American squirrel from 1870 onwards and are now only found on some of the islands and remoter parts of Scotland.
Despite the boat journey and mixed weather we really enjoyed our holiday and the change of scene and would love to return for another visit here sometime. Has anyone else ever visited these wonderful islands?