Visit the Scilly Islands

From the Garrack to the Scilly Islands

If you are lucky enough to visit the Isles of Scilly you will find they are an archipelago off the Cornish coast, in southwest England. Across the islands are covered in thick heathland, and fringed by wonderful sandy beaches.One example is the famous Great Bay on St. Martin’s. On Tresco, one of the 5 inhabited islands, Tresco Abbey Garden is home to subtropical plants and also the Valhalla Museum, displaying shipwrecked figureheads.

A trip to from the Garrack to Silly’s

If your staying at the Garrack Hotel and Restaurant , then consider a day trip to the Scilly Islands.

 

 

If your looking for Day Trips then consider a boat trip. If you do go by boat consider going via the Scillonian III. The usual boating times mean that you’ll leave Penzance at around  09.15am weather permit tin.From here you should enjoy a wonderful 2 hour, 40 minute cruise to St Mary’s (the biggest of the Isles of Scilly), arriving just before 12 noon.

 

The Scilly’s History

It is likely that until relatively recent times the islands were much larger and perhaps joined together into one island named Ennor. Rising sea levels flooded the central plain around 400–500 AD, forming the current 55 islands and islets, if an island is defined as “land surrounded by water at high tide and supporting land vegetation”.The word Ennor is a contraction of the Old Cornish En Noer (Moer, mutated to Noer), meaning ‘the land’ or the ‘great island’.

Olaf Tryggvason

Long ago in 995, Olaf Tryggvason became King Olaf I of Norway. Born c.960, King Olaf had raided various European cities and fought in several long bloody wars. In 986 he met a Christian seer on the Isles of Scilly. He was probably a follower of Priscillian and part of the tiny Christian community that was exiled here from Spain by Emperor Maximus for Priscillianism. In Snorri Sturluson‘s Royal Sagas of Norway, it is stated that this seer told him.

Do i require a Passport for the Sicily’s?

You do not require a passport to travel to the Isles of Scilly , however ,some form of identification will be required at the airport and photographic ID is preferred. Passengers are requested to check in 1 hour before their scheduled departure time and the luggage allowance is 15kilos per person.

Transport options to the Scilly’s

The Isles of Scilly Travel operate a reliable passenger ferry service from Penzance harbour in Cornwall on the south west of England to St Mary’s harbour on the west side St Mary’s island on the Isles of Scilly.The Scillonian III ferry operates the crossing and has been in operation since the late seventies. Thinking of driving to the Scilly’s? well it isn’t really possible to bring your car to the Scilly Isles, as all large freight must be craned on and off the Scillonian. You really don’t need your car, as the road on St. Martin’s is less than a mile long.




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