Put a spring in your step; join us for Walk Scilly
Need some spring sunshine to chase away the winter blues? An early season island break, or joining us for the Walk Scilly festival might just be your answer. Only 28 miles off the coast of Land’s End and warmed by the Gulf Stream, this captivating archipelago is a ray of warm sunshine and the perfect place to put that spring back in your step.
Birdsong, re-birth and breath-taking beauty: nothing beats springtime on the Isles of Scilly. And here, with the influence of the Gulf Stream, it’s pretty much guaranteed to come early.
The islands re-awaken in March as the “tripper boats” - freshly spruced with a lick of paint - get back on the water and, across all the islands, galleries, shops and cafes re-open their doors to welcome in the new season. And then, from 1st April, we offer Walk Scilly, an opportunity for visitors keen to explore our islands up close with expert guides.
Spring on Scilly is all about immersing oneself in its glorious natural surroundings. The islands’ coastlines shimmer as the sun’s rays glance off the rugged rocks and reflect the white sand beaches yielding to the sea’s azure blue hue. Migrating seabirds flock to our shores – including puffins, petrels and shearwaters – giving you a wonderful opportunity to head out on a boating safari – whilst native cormorants, shags and Atlantic Grey seals hang out on the rocks and outcrops bathing in the spring warmth.
Take time to discover this island archipelago by walking the beautiful low-lying coastal and nature trails. Breathe in the heady coconut scent of spring gorse. Listen out for cuckoos, spot scampering Scilly shrews, and watch for swallows darting and diving.
One spectacular way to get under Scilly’s skin is to come to the islands for the annual Walk Scilly festival - taking place in 2017 from 1st – 7th April. You can unearth everything about our islands, and those who live here, over seven days of themed and guided walks. Walk top to toe across inhabited islands, discover abandoned houses and old ruins on uninhabited islands, forage our coastlines and learn about Scilly’s fascinating history.
So shake off those winter blues, pack your shades and walking boots, and come and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of Scilly this spring. The perfect island escape, just a stone’s throw from Cornwall.