Isles of Scilly

We spent a week @ self catering on St Mary’s ~ very much the main island in the Scillies. Along with most of the other visitors, aka tourists, we took day trips to the other wee islands. All 5 of the islands can be covered on foot in a day, though quite a long days for St Mary’s. The islands are very geared up for visitors, with many fine cafes, and lots of “honesty box” roadside stalls selling vegetables (eg freshly cut asparagus), flower bulbs, crafts etc. The pace of life is pretty laid back. On St Mary’s one can hire electric golfing type buggies for getting round the roads; these are very popular, and a great aid for those who are not so keen / able to walk around. I’m sure it is heaving with visitors in the school summer holidays, a time to avoid if you can. We were probably a couple of weeks early for the best of the wild flowers which grow in profusion. The hardest part is the travel to / from the Scillies, and not least the huge cost of the travel.

April 2024

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