Summer Sailing to the Isles of Scilly
- Vessel: Escape
- Port: Newlyn
- Where: Cornwall
- Departure: 17 August 2019, 12:00
- Arrival: 23 August 2019, 12:00
- Duration: 7 days
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.
The Isles Of Scilly are 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 this Caribbean-esque archipelago than aboard a classic yacht?
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 beach combing, barbecuing on deserted shores, 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 glittering, 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.
Our summer voyages to the Isles of Scilly depart at 12pm from Newlyn Harbour near Penzance and return back to Newlyn at approximately 12pm on the arrival day.
*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.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Summer Sailing to the Isles of Scilly||17 August 2019||7||£900||Enquire now|
Escape is a 43-foot wooden classic gaff yawl built in 1937 by Kristensen in Norway. She was originally designed by Colin Archer as a sailing lifeboat but was refined to make her slightly smaller and easier to sail by her owners.
Today, her owner and skipper Andy sails his guests around the west country, from Escape’s home port of Dartmouth all the way down the Devon to Cornish coast, over to the Isles of Scilly and even across the channel to France! She’s the perfect vessel for a family holiday or for a group of friends after something a little different – and with great food and drink included in the price, a voyage on Escape won’t be forgotten!
Andy and his crew will give you a totally relaxed holiday experience but if and when you do want to be involved, they are more than happy to share their knowledge and show you the ropes!
- Total number of berths : 8
- Number of guest berths : 6
- Number of bathrooms : 1
- Cabin configuration : Open plan
- Smoking policy : On deck only