This pretty English archipelago is bursting with gorgeous wildlife that is just waiting to be discovered and admired. Just off the coast of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly boast some of the most remarkable creatures and wildlife on earth. Holidays in the Scillies that involve an escorted tour will enlighten nature-lovers to the fabulous natural beauty of the archipelago. |
With the opportunity to see 453 different bird species, including the highly coveted Oystercatcher and Night Heron, this is a tour that should be at the top of every wildlife enthusiasts’ bucket list. In the surrounding waters the dolphins and seals are keen to show off to visitors, and this is not to mention the incredibly display of flowers and plants available for admiration.
Spring is the best time for holidays to the Scillies if you want to observe the wonders of the local flora and fauna, and a guided tour is the perfect way to ensure you capture the very best of the isles. With a tour guide who is a knowledgeable expert on the isles, many of whom have over 25 years of touring experience and who aim to make excursions as entertaining and fascinating as possible, you are in for an unforgettable experience. This excursion lasts a week and includes a journey by boat to the Eastern Isles which are entirely uninhabited by humans, making it the ideal spot to observe the stunning Atlantic grey seals. Trips to St Martins and Bryher islands should also be included in any holidays in the Scillies.
Spotlight on St Agnes
Many tours will include an enchanting venture to St Agnes, the mile-long island located in the southwest. Due to its smaller size, you are able to walk the distance from one island to another at low tide – just be careful you don’t get caught out by the incoming tide! St Agnes has the benefit of being a totally unspoilt landscape, untamed wildlife and blanketed in tranquillity.
It is a place of utter natural beauty, and you will find yourself left speechless by its still, vibrant flower fields and quaint, picturesque cottages. It is home to hard-working farmers and inspired artists. Local business owners have made the most of its attractive qualities and set up cosy cafes and local restaurants, taking advantage of the fresh local produce available. Holidays in the Scillies offer visitors an opportunity to support these wonderful businesses and enjoy the taste of the islands.
Aside from enjoying the breath-taking scenery St Agnes has to offer, you will also have the opportunity to experience a range of fun activities to get to know the island. One of the most popular adventures, especially if you are travelling with children, is to become a pirate for the day and search the coast for shipwrecked treasure, as well as shell collecting. The island also has its own bird sanctuary which should be explored.
The diversity and sheer beauty of the Scillies makes for a fantastic adventure holiday in the springtime.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing holidays in the Scillies, Bermuda, Croatia and many other destinations around the globe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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