Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The Isles of Scilly

Well done if you spotted it was the Isles of Scilly.  
We had a holiday in four phases this time, and the 3rd phase was a wonderful 7 day trip across to the very beautiful Isles of Scilly - just off the coast of Cornwall.  (I'll show you phases 1, 2 and 4 later).  The Islands have been on my "list" for a very long while, but I had mistakenly thought that a holiday here would cost a fortune -  it needn't and it didn't.

 We did treat ourselves to flights across.  This is much more affordable now that we only pay for the 2 of us.  The planes are a bit of an adventure though.  We flew from Lands End (which is basically a field on the edge of a cliff!) and our plane only had 8 seats.  You sit with the pilot!
 It only takes 15 minutes to fly across.  You can take the Scillonian Ferry from Penzance which takes 2.5 hours and is a bit cheaper.
 We flew over the point of Lands End and the Longships lighthouse.
 Sennen Cove looked gorgeous from the air.
 On arrival, we were transferred to our cosy apartment in Hugh Town St Mary's by a friendly taxi driver - it was a 7 minute drive!  We dropped our cases and went out exploring.  Everything looked so blue and the waters are crystal clear..

 As you know, Agapanthus is one of my favourite flowers and they grow like weeds everywhere here.
 Our apartment was superbly placed and we had the town harbour beach out of our back door with all the colourful boats.  We caught different boats each morning to explore the out lying islands and it was only a 5 minute walk to the quayside from our flat.  If you walked out of the front door of the flat, and walked about 50 paces, you were on yet another stunning beach.
 We loved exploring and finding gorgeous little places.  I had discovered this webcam before I left home and so was able to call the young man (who was home alone)when we ate here to tell him to log on whilst I waved to him.
 You seem to be able to have every beach to yourself on any island and you begin to feel like Robinson Crusoe after a while.

 The sand is also very glittery and at the end of every day I was very sparkly.

As I use my blog as a diary, i'll show you what else we got up to on the Isles over the next few days.


Louise said...

It looks fantastic. I'll look forward to your next posts as they Scilly Isles are on my list too!

Lyn said...

Oh it looks fab Diane! I can't believe those agapanthus I can't grow them and there are millions all over the place! It does look very peaceful too.

andamento said...

It looks gorgeous, I love the white sandy beaches and the abundant agapanthus.

John Going Gently said...

That first photo is absolutely delightful x

tlcukjourney said...

Wow! Ive never even heard of this place!!! Id love to go. Those little air planes.... I don't like but I think I could handle only 15 minutes... I took a 3 hour trip in one once and I swear it shook if someone even coughed!!
Great post! I really enjoyed this.
Have a great week..
Tammy x

ChrisJ said...

I always wanted to visit the Scilly Isles and now your photos make me wish I had. It looks gorgeous -- and what good weather you had.

Vintage Jane said...

Somewhere I have wanted tpo visit for a long time. It looks stunning.

Lisa said...

A holiday is 4 stages, looking forward to seeing the others after this fabulous start. What a beautiful place you stayed at, just look at the shimmering sea. Real holiday treat.
Lisa x

Rosie said...

How wonderful! I would love to see those wild agapanthus - I love them but they won't grow here. I remember going to St Mary's on that ferry when I was quite young - we had a coach tour around the island and I remembe loads of greenhouses and the driver pointing out PM Harold Wilson's home. It was raining all the time! Your phtos have made me see how beautiful it is and what we missed seeing on that trip:)

Sally Townsend said...

What lovely pictures, i was lucky enough to go there every year as a child and i took my children back there too, its on my 'wish list' to go again, don't you just love that webcam ? x

lazylol said...

Wow what a lovely place. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your trip :)

Anonymous said...

What a blissful time you must have had. I should love to visit.