Day trips to the Isles of Scilly

Lying just 28 miles off the Cornish coast, the Isles of Scilly are a group of sand-fringed islands basking in a warmer climate than anywhere else in the UK, and with a natural wilderness which is completely relaxing.

The Isles of Scilly are easy to reach as a day trip, with connecting routes at Newquay, Penzance and Land’s End.

The whole of the Isles of Scilly is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty where you can walk and explore at your leisure, with miles of coastal footpaths and near-deserted stretches of white sandy beaches to stroll along.

Explore Scilly’s five inhabited islands, all surrounded by clear turquoise waters warmed by the Golf Stream and blessed by their southerly latitude.

Isles of Scilly Travel can connect you to the islands by plane from Land’s End or Newquay, or by sea on the Scillonian III ferry from Penzance.

Whether you fly, sail or both, you’ll be amazed by how much you can fit into a single day. The Isles of Scilly may feel like another world, but if you’re in Cornwall they’re close enough to visit for the day – with ample time to enjoy the islands while you’re there.

Top things to do on a day trip to the Isles of Scilly

Explore the islands on foot

There are endless tracks and routes to follow; we think the best way to walk the breadth of the islands is by going at your own pace.

Visit Tresco Abbey Garden

The world famous sub-tropical Tresco Abbey Garden is a must see whilst on the Isles of Scilly, described as Kew without glass.

Swim with Atlantic seals

For an award-winning wildlife experience, snorkel with seals in their natural environment. Equipment is provided and no experience is necessary.

Get active on the water

From windsurfing to paddle boarding, there’s plenty to discover with the most beautiful backdrop to explore it in.

Savour a taste of Scilly

Just about anywhere you go you’ll find yourself not far from a café, pub, restaurant or a simple honesty stall selling local produce.

Britain’s finest beaches

From hidden coves to stretches of long white sandy beaches, an Isles of Scilly beach will be sure to take your breath away.

If a day trip to the Isles of Scilly is of interest, visit the Isles of Scilly Travel website for more details. For properties near connecting travel routes, take a look at our properties around Newquay and west Cornwall.