Join us on our Springtime in the Scillies escorted tour and discover a wealth of plants, animals and natural beauty, all right here in the UK. You don’t have to travel far from home to witness some of the world’s most amazing fauna and flora.
The Isles of Scilly, situated just off the coast of Cornwall, are filled to the brim with a variety of fauna, flora and wildlife. You will find around 453 different species of birds, including the Night Heron, Oystercatcher and Redstart, as well as pods of dolphins and seal colonies in the surrounding waters and a plethora of flowers and plants on land. All this natural beauty is particularly abundant in the spring and not to be missed – which is why we have organised our Springtime in the Scillies group tour.
The excursion is led by Will Wagstaff, a resident of the Scillies and a keen naturalist and ornithologist. He has been giving tours for over 25 years, making him a fantastic and knowledgeable guide. He never fails to ensure that his guests have an entertaining and educational excursion. Over the course of seven days, he will guide guests around islands such as St Martins and Bryher, and facilitate a boat trip to the Eastern Isles. This area of the Scillies is uninhabited and is a fantastic spot to catch a glimpse of the Atlantic grey seals.
Out of all of the adventures this tour offers, my favourite is the full day excursion to St Agnes. Here are some of the reasons as to why I love this pretty little island so much.
One of the highlights of our journey to the Isles of Scilly is our full day excursion to St Agnes. This island is located in the southwest and is only about a mile across, with a sandbar that connects it to Gugh. During low tide, the water dissipates and you are able to walk all the way across it from one island to another; our tour sets aside time for you to experience this for yourself.
St Agnes is a haven for everyone from creatives to farmers. It is quiet, unspoiled and filled with natural beauty; it’s no surprise that writers and painters, inspired by the untamed, tranquil island, have chosen to call it home. A lighthouse can be found at the island’s highest point, while inland there are multi-coloured flower fields, quaint cottages, working farms and local businesses, including cafes and restaurants that serve local produce and pubs.
However, St Agnes is more than just a pretty face. It also offers ample opportunities for adventure, such as scouring the sandy shore for shipwrecked treasure at Beady Pool, collecting shells at Periglis Beach and exploring the island’s bird sanctuary.
The gorgeous, diverse nature of this island is one of the many reasons our team carefully handpicked St Agnes to make up part of our tour.