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2021 Sailing & Exploring the Isles of Scilly

  • Vessel: Pellew
  • Where: Cornwall
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Falmouth - 24 August 2021, 11:00
  • Disembark: Falmouth - 31 August 2021, 11:00
Single berth£1,225 £306.25

Discover this breathtaking archipelago situated off the coast of Cornwall on board a Cornish Pilot Cutter.

Join the magnificent Pellew for a once in a lifetime trip to the Isles of Scilly situated just 28 miles off Lands End in Cornwall and a world apart from the mainland England.

Set sail from Falmouth and learn the ropes as you cross this stretch of the Atlantic Ocean, (which can take 10-12 hours) passing iconic Cornish locations such as St Michael’s Mount and the Minack Theatre. Although you’ll be busy helping to set sails with the crew, have your camera to hand as on this part of the adventure you’ll often be joined by playful dolphins and the occasional basking shark or whale.

Pellew’s journey, anchorage and activities will be determined by the weather, tide, wind and sea state and therefore no two trips to the Scillies are the same. No matter how many times you visit via this passage, the sight of this archipelago will always take your breath away and fill you with a huge sense of achievement for the journey you have taken.

The Isles of Scilly boasts a plethora of dramatic, rugged coastlines – steep rock faces and deep inlets caused by the continuous pounding of huge rollers coming in from the Atlantic Ocean. 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. You’ll leave longing to return and questioning how somewhere like this could be part of the UK.

The Islands

Reaching the Scillies, St Martins is usually the first island you’ll see on the horizon with its red and white Daymark erected in 1683 welcoming you to Scilly.  St Martins is just two miles long yet it has some of the finest beaches in the British Isles.

Pellew aims to explore this archipelago away from the tourist hustle and bustle anchoring in the shelter of the uninhabited islands where she can and visiting the smaller islands.

St Agnes is the southernmost and smallest populated island of the Isles of Scilly and is totally unspoilt and astonishingly peaceful. An island of extreme contrasts, with rocky outcrops on its exposed western side to serene beaches with the tranquillity of the sandbar between St. Agnes and Gugh on the other side.

Bryher is the smallest of the inhabited island on the Scillies it has some beautiful walks and scenery and just 80 people are lucky enough to call it home.  An opportunity, perhaps, to drop you off by tender to either Bar or Church Quay to let you stretch your legs and explore the island on foot – don’t forget to ask the cook for a picnic! A stop off at Hell Bay Hotel or the Fraggle Rock Pub for a light refreshment is a must

Tresco is the second largest of the islands and a subtropical gem home of the famous Abbey Garden, established in the 1830s by Augustus Smith. This horticultural paradise hosts a spectacular collection of more than 20,000 exotic plants from all corners of the world – many of which cannot be grown anywhere else in Britain.

Getting There

Unlike some of the smaller boats on our fleet, Pellew is guaranteed to sail to the Scillies whatever the weather. She is designed to sail in the wildest of seas whilst giving her crew and guests utmost safety and comfort.

On this sailing holiday aboard Pellew, you’ll be sure to enjoy fantastic food included in the price. This voyage is suitable for season sailors and more adventurous beginners who want to experience a passage crossing as well as explore a remote destination like Scilly.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
2021 Sailing & Exploring the Isles of Scilly29 April 20217£1,050Enquire now
2021 Sailing & Exploring the Isles of Scilly24 August 20218£1,225Enquire now


Guest berths: 8 Rig: Pilot Cutter

Pellew! We are thrilled to welcome you aboard this unique new wooden charter ship due to be launched in spring 2020. This will be the culmination of an amazing project to build the largest traditional wooden boat that has been built for many a year and will be considerably the fastest traditional gaff cutter sailing in our waters.

Originally designed and built for speed and seaworthiness, these sturdy vessels would carry pilots out to sea, meeting ocean-going ships arriving with cargos bound for Europe. Whatever the weather and however rough the seas these courageous cutters were an integral part of maritime life in the south-west of England.

Pellew is a faithful recreation of the Falmouth Pilot Cutter Vincent, originally built in 1852 and based in St Mawes she was a familiar sight on the Fal estuary for 70 years, eventually retiring from service in 1922. Today, the spirit of tradition lives on and Pellew is strongly built to sail the oceans of the world with her guests travelling in utmost comfort and safety.

With her vast sail plan, think fast, invigorating sailing with the lee rail kissing the waves, Pellew will certainly not be for the faint-hearted. So if you are looking for that next adventure at sea on a beautifully powerful wooden vessel, then Pellew is the boat for you.

Below decks, you are welcomed into a cosy saloon with cushioned seating around a large table and a generous galley. Delectable home-cooked meals will be freshly-prepared on board by our dedicated cook using locally sourced produce wherever possible. The 8 guest berths are arranged around an open-plan cabin with a shower and two toilets for guest use.

She is oak framed throughout and planked with locally sourced Douglas fir mast and spars. Although she is tiller steered, she does have two large electric capstan winches to help get the sails up and in. Guests are welcomed and invited to get involved in the sailing of Pellew. In fact, it will be hard not to want to feel first hand, the power of this beautiful boat as glides seemingly effortlessly through the water.

She will usually sail with a skipper, mate and dedicated cook, with a fourth crew member joining for longer voyages. She will be spending her first sailing season exploring the coasts of Cornwall and Devon with voyages across to the Isles of Scilly, the Channel Islands and the Breton Coast.

More about Pellew


  • 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?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    8 berths in the open fore cabin

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    2 toilets, 1 shower for guests

  • Is there an age limit?

    Preferably over 12's accompanied by an adult on a 1:1 ratio but please check with us in the office as each voyage is different.

  • Is there WIFI?

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

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?

    Yes, each bunk has a 12W USB charger

  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    No, please bring your own.

  • 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.


From: Falmouth

To: Falmouth

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