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Isles of Scilly Sailing with Tall ship Irene

  • Vessel: Irene
  • Where: Newlyn, Cornwall
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Embark: Newlyn - 21 August 2022, 17:00
  • Disembark: Newlyn - 27 August 2022, 10:00
TicketPriceDepositPassengers
Single berth in Twin Cabin Ensuite£1,350.00 £337.50
Stateroom Double Cabin Ensuite (double occupancy)£1,485.00 £371.25

Discover the sub-tropical archipelago of the Isles of Scilly with classic tall ship Irene.

Your tall ship sailing holiday aboard Irene will begin in the sleepy fishing village of Newlyn, Cornwall. The perfect spot to begin your sailing holiday to the Isles of Scilly.

You’ll be setting sail along the rugged south coast and crossing a 28 mile stretch of the Atlantic in order to reach the near-tropical archipelago of the Isles of Scilly. The 10-12 hour passage is well worth it. You’ll have the most tranquil week island-hopping in some of the clearest, warmest waters the UK has to offer. Walk barefoot on sandy shores, spot marine life and seabirds galore and experience the charming history of the UK’s most southerly archipelago.

Setting the sails

Life at sea is never predictable, so exactly where you explore on Irene when you get to the Scillies will be decided by the whims of the wind and tide – but no matter the weather, that’s where you’re headed!

After your tour and safety briefing, you’ll start your adventure holiday leaving Falmouth behind as you work down the coast before making the sea crossing to the Scillies. Irene requires no previous sailing experience to jump aboard – only a lust for adventure! Under the guidance of her fully trained crew, you are invited to get actively involved in all aspects of sailing Irene. From hoisting her sails, trimming the ropes, taking the helm and getting her ready for anchor – this truly is a hand-on sailing holiday perfect for those that want to learn more about life aboard a historic classic boat. Irene has been sailing Cornish waters for over 100 years! Her first cargo voyage to Penzance was recorded in 1907 so she is certainly no stranger to this beautiful coastline.

Discovering the Islands

After you’ve spotted the classic Cornish landmarks of the Minack Theatre and waved goodbye to Land’s End, some tropical scenery is in store for you on the Isles of Scilly.

These stunning islands feature large stretches of deserted white sandy beaches, dramatic rocky coves, stunning seascapes, amazing archaeological sites, beautiful walks and scenery along miles of coastal and country paths and nature trails. Remember to pack your swimsuits too, as the Isles of Scilly boasts some of the clearest water in the UK which makes for beautiful open water bathing.

The sunny and mild weather means you’ll be able to laze about on the beach with a book or enjoy a quiet walk around one of the many uninhabited islands before returning to the comfort of Pellew for dinner.

Out of the 55 islands, just 5 are inhabited and each has its own distinct character. Tresco is home to a beautiful botanical garden, which has some exotic rare plants unable to grow anywhere else in the UK.  Sampson has been uninhabited since 1855, is known as the haunted island and is steeped in folklore. The beaches of St Martins are some of the best in the world and Brhyer is dotted with lagoons and rocky outcrops. St Agnes is the artisan island bursting with creativity while St Mary’s is the “capital” with the largest population. Dependent on the weather you’ll be able to visit where you like, as each of them is accessible easily by boat.  

Read more about what the Isles of Scilly has to offer the adventure traveller!

Wildlife Watching

The Isles of Scilly are a haven for wildlife, especially migratory seabirds who often nest here. It’s a birdwatcher’s dream, so bring your binoculars and your guidebook. You’ll most likely encounter seals somewhere along the way as they love the rocky shores, and you may be lucky enough to be joined by dolphins as you make the sea crossings there or back. Puffins are some of the Scillies most famous inhabitants, but they’re increasingly rare these days so keep those eyes peeled.

Under the stars

All that exploring with sand in your toes and salt in your hair means you’ll have worked up an appetite! Aboard Irene, each meal will be home-cooked using locally available ingredients where possible, resulting in the most delicious spread of food every evening – think seafood that’s been caught half an hour ago by local fishermen, local meats and cheeses from various Cornish producers, plus homemade bread and condiments. With minimal light pollution, the Isles of Scilly have some of the clearest skies you’ll have ever seen!

Read more about what to expect from Life onboard Irene here.

Wherever the winds take you, Irene provides the perfect base for experiencing traditional tall ship sailing. Great for solo travellers, couples and even available for private charter, jump aboard and feel the magic of this historic vessel as she glides through this beautiful archipelago.

Irene

Guest berths: 10 Rig: Ketch

Built in 1907, Irene is one of the last West Country trading ketch’s of her time.

From an Edwardian cargo vessel to floating family home and now a chartered sailing vessel, Irene’s had a fascinating life. She’s been the darling of the silver screen, sank and re-built in the Caribbean and now earns her keep sailing guests around the coasts of Cornwall.  Her most recent re-fit has seen the addition of all the mod-cons and safety equipment you’d expect of a modern day charter boat. She carries a crew of professional mariners who love sharing their passion for this old lady of the seas.

From sailing the Cornish coast to exploring the beautiful archipelago of the Scilly Isles, Irene’s sailing holidays range from weekend breaks to week-long explorations taking in some of the most stunning sailing destinations in the UK.  From beginners to old hands there’s something to suit all experiences and whether you’re solo travellers or a couple, Irene certainly welcomes all.

Traditionally rigged with a full time crew, Irene encourages guests to actively involved in all aspects of sailing. From taking the helm, hoisting the sails and general rope work, the crew are well versed in taking complete novices and guiding them through all they need to know to make the most of their tall ship sailing holiday. Below decks she has been well-considered with private ensuite cabins and even a luxury state room with its own lounge area, double bed and bathroom. Her generous saloon has space for relaxing, ample dining space for those hearty home-cooked meals after a day in the sea air and a generous galley where the onboard cook will keep you fed from start to finish.

Read more here about what to expect from Life onboard Irene.

More about Irene

FAQ

  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals on board are included in the price (breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks - alcohol is not included).

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please let us know when making your booking.

  • What language is spoken onboard?

    English

  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    4x twin ensuite cabins, 1x state

  • Do I need to tip the crew?

    Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    5

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?

    Yes.

  • Are there life jackets provided?

    Yes.

  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    No

  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.

Locations

From: Newlyn

To: Newlyn

BY RAIL

Penzance train station is a 10 minute drive from Newlyn Harbour. There are direct trains with Great Western Railway from Plymouth, Exeter St Davids, Cardiff Central and London Paddington into Penzance. 

BY AIR:

Newquay Airport is generally the quickest way in/out of the county during the spring/summer months. There are direct flights from a number of UK airports. A taxi ride is approximately 1 hour to Newlyn. 

STAY IN NEWLYN:

There are plenty of places to stay in and around Newlyn. Try The Ship Inn Mousehole, Artist Residence Penzance or The Queens Hotel Penzance.

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