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Scilly Isles Traditional Sailing Holiday

  • Vessel: Pilgrim of Brixham
  • Where: Cornwall
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Falmouth - 5 June 2019, 12:00
  • Disembark: Falmouth - 12 June 2019, 12:00
Single berth£899 £225

Sail to these low-lying islands amid a turquoise sea just off the coast of Cornwall. Explore this beautiful archipelago, a place like nowhere else in England and a destination that will leave you longing to return. This voyage is perfect those who want a bit of open water sailing with an opportunity for walking exploration and wildlife watching.

Join the magnificent Pilgrim of Brixham for a once in a lifetime trip to the beautiful archipelago of The Isles Of Scilly situated just 28 miles off Lands End in Cornwall and a world apart from the mainland England. What better way to travel to and explore these Caribbean-esque islands than aboard a traditional Brixham trawler with her iconic red sails?

Take the opportunity to hop from island to island by boat, experiencing many astonishing natural wonders – puffins, seals, dolphins and a multitude of rare and migrating birds – or just relax and enjoy life’s simple pleasures; from beachcombing, barbecuing on deserted shores and swimming with seals, to watching the sunset and gazing at the stars.

From shipwrecks to treasure, burial chambers to deserted villages, the history of Scilly is utterly compelling – especially as it mingles so tantalisingly with modern-day life on the islands. Scilly’s tiny land mass is home to 239 scheduled monuments, which means there is a greater density of historical sites here than anywhere else in the British Isles.

Traces of human life on Scilly stretch back at least 3,000 years, when the islands were one large land-mass that was home to nomadic hunter-gatherers. Their flint tools still sometimes turn up today, on beaches and in fields. With their turquoise waters and pale, fine sand, Scilly’s beaches are simply stunning – beautiful enough to rival any in the world.

The Isles of Scilly also 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 and the site of many a great storm during the winter months. There are plentiful rocky coastal walks across landscapes often cloaked in heather and flowering gorse or with castle ruins atop a promontory. All enjoy sensational views. The aptly named Hell Bay at the northern end of Bryher springs to mind as an excellent vantage point, as does Peninnis Head on St. Mary’s.

Some visitors crave the deep sense of tradition here, immersing themselves in history and myth. Others come to enjoy the heightened creativity of island life through painting, photography or crafts. Many love to lose themselves in the sights and scents of the sub-tropical plants and flowers such as wild garlic and fennel that give Scilly its distinctive landscape. And you’ll soon discover that each island has it’s own personality and are worth exploring beyond their alluring coastal beauty.

*Please note: This is an active sailing holiday with real sailing ships. All our itineraries may be subject to change due to weather conditions and the safety of the vessel and voyage crew/passengers. We can not guarantee that you will make it over to the islands if weather conditions aren’t suitable. 

Pilgrim of Brixham, built in 1895, is a traditional gaff rigged ketch that is one of a handful of remaining wooden sailing trawlers that were built in Brixham. Pilgrim and her iconic red sails were once part of a large fishing fleet operating out of Brixham, which used to be the principal fishing port in the country. Her survival is testament to her quality, with many similar Victorian fishing vessels having a life span of less than 20 years – and the main reason for her survival is thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group and many individual donors and volunteers.

The Pilgrim Story

After spending many years under different owners in Scandinavia, in 1999 she was brought home from Denmark back to Brixham. After significant restoration work, a few mishaps along the way and a hefty dose of community spirit, Pilgrim was returned to her former glory above decks, and brought up to modern standards below.

Today, as a charter vessel, the Brixham community still rallies around Pilgrim, with local crew, experienced and skilled volunteers performing maintenance and making the Pilgrim of Brixham operation run like clockwork. VentureSail is incredibly proud to have a hand in getting people aboard this historic vessel to not only experience how magnificently she sails, but also to see how passionate those that sail her are. Join Pilgrim on voyages around Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, or experience maritime festivals on this incredible vessel.

  • Total number of berths : 16
  • Guest berths : 10
  • Number of bathrooms : 2
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From: Falmouth

To: Falmouth