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Scilly in a day.

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Scilly in a day.

Are hoping to take an early flight and late return to St Marys from Lands End (in early September).

Are two adults and two children (5 & 7) and was wondering peoples thoughts on what we could do in 8/9 hours.

Was considering hiring bikes and would like to do some Island hopping, though not sure if feasible with the bikes or timings. Dont want to feel too rushed but would like to see enough to make the flights worthwhile, and no doubt a taster for a return at some point.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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1. Re: Scilly in a day.

Some of the boats do 4 islands in a day. These would be independent boats not those in the Boatmen's Association. The BA sometimes visit 2 islands in a day eg Tresco and Bryher. Alternatively you could visit just one off island returning around 2.15pm and hire bikes for the rest of the day. There is a bike hire shop 5 - 10 minutes walk from the harbour. If you do cycle you must bear in mind that there are not many places where you can go off road particularly if you have a tag along bike for the youngest. However you can leave your bikes at the end of the tracks and walk. They will be there on your return. Pelistry Bay is lovely but don't swim if the sea is over the sandbank as it is very dangerous.

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2. Re: Scilly in a day.

Many thanks for your reply.

As the islands look small enough for even the youngest to get around on a leisurely cycle, was wondering if as well as St Marys, we did do one or two islands if they had pathways/roads to get to the main places with. Am sure the 5 yr old will be OK for a mile bike ride then break. Also, can you take bikes on the boats that go between the islands.

Weather depending, was hoping to see a couple of beaches for the kids as the sea looks beautiful in places and something cultural, and maybe even some local nature. I assume the Seals etc are on more of the unihabited islets.

I'll have a look at the Boatmans Association.

Thanks.

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3. Re: Scilly in a day.

I never seen bikes on the boats but you can hire them on Tresco. The off islands don't have an extensive road system just one which goes through the middle. It is necessary to walk to get to the best parts. The seals are on the uninhabited islands. It is possible to take a boat trip to see them and combine it with an island visit. You will have to your research well in order to make the most of your visit.

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4. Re: Scilly in a day.

There are seal spotting boat trips around the uninhabited Eastern Isles which are very good. There are loads of seals and i'm sure the children would enjoy that. Have a look ate this website which has loads of ideas of things to do. www.scillyonline.co.uk/travel2.html#stmboats

I would forget about bikes unless on St Marys, I don't think taking them on boats to the other islands is very practical, plus as Kernewes says above, there is only 1 road on some of the islands, you need to walk to get around the best parts.

I would definitely take a boat to one of the off islands as then you will see the real beauty of Scilly. St Marys has many more people, traffic and is more of a 'normal' place than say Tresco, or St Martins. If you get good weather, the beaches on Tresco and St Martins are truly beautiful, like the Caribbean, and are a must visit.

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5. Re: Scilly in a day.

Many thanks Kernewes & Badcat110, will definately research and pray for nice weather.

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6. Re: Scilly in a day.

Hi, St Mary's is a beautiful island to explore with gorgeous white-sand coves and crystal clear waters. Buckets and spades and nets a must for the kids. There are lovely cliff-top and lower walks, and places of interest to visit. You feel like you are going back in time with quaint houses and some old-fashioned shops. Consider the flying carefully, because although fast, the planes are often fog or wind bound. However, taking the ferry may require an overnight stop as the drop-off and pick-up times may not leave you with enough time to explore. Ferry departs Penzance 9.15am, arrives around 12. Leaves again at 4.30.

The near-bye islands are fun to explore enabling boat rides which are great fun for the kids, lots of birds to see, sometimes seals too.

Tresco is beautiful with exotic gardens.

There's also a riding stables on the island.

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7. Re: Scilly in a day.

All the other posts list a lot of the attractions - you could even get a boat trip out to Bishop Rock Lighthouse, depending on what the Boatmen have on offer -there's lots of maritime history and shipwrecks to investigate.

There's lots of lovely clothes shops if the weather is poor, including the Rat Bags shop, and you can learn about Gig racing - you could always just laze on the beach & swim in the clear, clean waters.

Many people go out to Scilly for the bird watching, and there are usually blackboards up with the latest sightings.

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