Getting to Scilly

Where your journey is part of the experience

Whether you fly to the Isles of Scilly by small plane or arrive by sea on the Scillonian III passenger ferry or as part of a cruise, you know immediately that you're heading for somewhere very special. Even seasoned travellers and returning residents feel their pulses quicken as they approach the island archipelago – so imagine what it must be like if you've never done it before! Getting to Scilly is an adventure. It's unique. It's part of your holiday experience.

All scheduled travel to the islands is operated by Isles of Scilly Travel (part of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group). There are four departure points from the mainland: Exeter, Newquay and Lands End if you fly by Skybus, and Penzance if you take the boat – the Scillonian III passenger ferry. St. Mary's is the main island on Scilly, and whichever way to you choose to arrive, this will be your first port of call. 

Of course, you can also choose to cruise here under your own steam – in a private plane or yacht. Both the St Mary's Harbour Master's Office and Isles of Scilly Airport welcome independent travellers to the islands and will assist you with your plans before you depart and also on your arrival.

However you choose to travel to the Isles of Scilly, you'll be able to enjoy spectacular views of England's dramatic southwest coastline before the remote beauty of the islands unfolds.

EXETER CONNECTIONS : Belfast- Dublin - Edinburgh - Glasgow - Guernsey - Jersey - Manchester

NEWQUAY CONNECTIONS : London Gatwick - Manchester - Belfast - Birmingham - Edinburgh -  Newcastle  - London Southend

To Tresco

Scilly Tresco boats quay

To St. Martin's

To Bryher

To St. Agnes

For the Day

Yachts & Moorings

Scilly Tresco yachts moorings cromwells castle

By Sea

Scilly Scillonian Ferry5

By Air

Scilly travel skybus plane runway

By Rail

To St. Mary's

Scilly St Mary's ariel hugh town view
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Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco All year

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is  a perennial Kew without the glass - shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host thousands of exotic plants.

Many of these would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower. All in all, the garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.Read more »

Scilly Parking

UK Mainland Mar-Nov

For Scillonian passengers avoiding long walks with your luggage. We take you to the quay and meet you on your return. We also take dogs.Read more »

Tresco Inclusive Travel

Tresco All year

Skybus fly all year round to St Mary’s from Land’s End and Newquay, and from Exeter between March and November. If you are staying on Tresco, we recommend that you book your journey through the Island Office as our fares include all island transfers.Read more »

Parking for the Scillonian ferry

Scilly Parking

UK Mainland Mar-Nov

Make your daytrip easier, book your car in with Scilly Parking and have peace of mind. Scilly Parking take care of everything and provide secure car parking and a free park and ride service to Penzance Quay. Read more »

Smugglers Inn at the Airways Hotel

The Smugglers Inn at The Airways Hotel, near Newquay

UK Mainland All year

A small homely hotel situated beside Newquay Airport. Easy access, to all of Cornwall’s amenities, three minutes from two beautiful beaches and the north coast, ten minutes from Newquay, fifteen minutes from Padstow, twenty minutes from the south coast and just ten minutes from the A30. Surrounded by many golf links and courses.Read more »

Skybus

St. Mary's All year

Skybus fly all year round to the Isles of Scilly from Land’s End and Newquay airports, and from Exeter airport between March and November.

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, TR18 4BZ.Read more »

Scillonian III Passenger Ferry

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

Just 28 miles of the Cornish coast you will discover 5 islands, surrounded by azure waters, white beaches and a wonderful climate where sub–tropical plants thrive.

Hop on board the Scillonian III, our recently refurbished ship and discover the Isles of Scilly. The Scillonian Passenger Ferry sets sail from Penzance harbour up to 7 days a week.

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4BZ.Read more »