Getting to Scilly
Where your journey is part of the experience
Whether you fly to the Isles of Scilly by small plane or helicopter 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 Land's End if you fly by Skybus, Land's End if you fly by Island Helicopters 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.