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Getting Around the Isles of Scilly

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

What can you expect on your holiday on the Isles of Scilly? As visitors to the islands for the last 20 years we never tire of the stunning scenery and the pace of life that harks back to a Cornwall of many years ago.

Travelling around the islands is exclusively undertaken by a fleet of small boats that ferry visitors between the main inhabited islands for day trips, as well as visits to a few of the beautiful uninhabited ones or trips to see the seals, dolphin and puffins.

Each island has at least one boat that performs several roles including daily trips for tourists, bringing supplies and taking produce to market. St Martin’s vessel is known as Voyager, owned and run by the Perkins family for many years, starts the day with from the quayside picking up those that want to visit St Mary’s the largest island. Whether you’re going to the shops of Hugh Town, the only town on the island, or a walking tour to see the historic sites or maybe just a day on one of the many amazing beaches, there is a wealth of attractions and activities.

Take the Spirit of St Agnes, the boat that serves the most south westerly island St Agnes to see the remote community that lives and works in this stunning place. Visit a the small Troy Town farm that produces its own ice cream or enjoy a pint of Cornish beer in the Turk’s Head, famous for its Cornish Pasties. A walk around the islands provides views of the world famous Bishops Rock lighthouse and unusual rock formations on the shore.

Tresco and Bryher are the final two islands to the West, again reached by boats like the Firethorn. Tresco is home to the world renowned Abbey Gardens featuring plants that won’t grow in any other part of Great Britain. Bryher is famous for its beaches and on its westerly coast the notorious Hell Bay where the worst Atlantic’s storms hurl huge waves that have wrecked many ships…..a site to behold.

Day trips to the Eastern Isles are popular with all the family, seeing the grey seals, puffins or maybe even dolphins that are common in these warm waters.

A trip to the Isles of Scilly is unlike any other holiday in Cornwall and a place that you’ll return to again and again.

Deutsch-Übersetzung – Reisen auf den Scilly-Inseln

UrlaubCornwall’s guide to your holiday on St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

St Mary’s is the largest island in the group which makes up the Isles of Scilly. Hugh Town is the main town on the island.

Above Hugh Town, is the Star Castle Hotel, it was originally built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I for the defence of the Isles of Scilly. Star Castle was built in the shape of an eight pointed star and was converted into a hotel in 1933. It now offers guests the chance to stay in a castle dating from 1593 which has been elegantly restored and furnished for the modern holidaymaker. The views from the hotel are magnificent; the views which were once necessary to protect the Islands can now be enjoyed by its guests and click here to see our review in English. Klicken Sie hier fur unsere vollständigen Beitrag auf Deutsch.

A walk around the Garrison is ideal for an evening stroll before or after dinner at The Star Castle Hotel.

There is plenty to do on St Mary’s, it is possible to walk around the island in one day, taking in the views and learning about the history of the island as you go. If you don’t want to walk the whole of the coast path there is a bus which will take you to the north of the island and you can then walk back to Hugh Town via Porth Hellick and Old Town.

Visit Halangy Down, the prehistoric settlement dating from the Bronze and Iron Age, continue your walk passing Pelistry Bay the best place to stop for a swim in the clear sea.

At Old Town is another popular beach and cafe, as well as coastal paths there are nature trails across the island.

The Isles of Scilly Museum is the best place to learn about the maritime, social and natural history of the islands.

A unique part of the Cornish and Isles of Scilly maritime history can be seen in the Gig races which take place every week throughout the summer, the Gigs were originally used to guide ships past the treacherous rocks, but now they are just used in sport. Many of the original Gigs are still used, some over 100 years old.

One of Cornwall top sporting attraction and event is held every year in the spring is the International Gig Racing Championships which take place in the islands and this year between 4th and 7th May over 50 boats and hundreds of rowers come to race .This is one of the top sporting attractions in Cornwall and unlike anything else you’ll see.


Bed and Breakfasts on the Isles of Scilly:the best handpicked and inspected B&B on Scily

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Having visited and arranged holidays on the Isles of Scilly for many years we are experts in the best places to stay on these unique islands.

Bed and Breakfast accommodation on the Isles of Scilly offers a great alternative to hotels or holiday rentals and we have selected the best that is available. We regularly visit and check our B&Bs that they meet our high standards and offer value for money.

Our favourites are located on the main island of St Mary’s and some of the 4 other inhabited islands that make up the Isles of Scilly. Your B&B hosts will offer a friendly and comfortable stay with advice on how to make the most of your trip.

A trip to the Isles of Scilly is like taking a trip back to a time when the pace of life was slower, a chance to enjoy a special part of Cornwall.

Food and Drink on Tresco:Luxury island holiday destination in Cornwall

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Urlaub Cornwall is the most popular German language guide to holidays in Cornwall and teh Isles of Scilly or as they would say Urlaub in Cornwall und Scilly-Inseln

Tresco Stores, with its wide range of groceries, alcoholic beverages, superb delicatessen and bakery, will easily fulfill all your self catering requirements. It also offers a ‘Dine at Home menu’ and delivery service.

The New Inn is Tresco’s only pub with a comprehensive bar featuring a good selection of real ales. The New Inn is open every day serving traditional lunch and dinner, coffee, tea, cakes and handmade scooped ice cream.

The Ruin Beach Cafe at Old Grimsby features a wood burning oven and fantastic sea views. The Ruin is open all day serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon cakes and dinner.

The Abbey Garden cafe is open every day between 10am and 4pm serving light snacks and cakes. You are welcome to visit the cafe whether or not you are visiting the Abbey Garden.

The Flying Boat Club is a members only restaurant at New Grimsby. All guests renting our Tresco cottages receive membership of the Flying Boat Club.

Self catering cottage accommodation in South West England

Monday, February 6th, 2012

UrlaubCornwall offers the largest selection of self catering accommodation in South West England this beautiful part of England. We give families or couples a flexible option for their holiday or tour of the West Country whether it’s a country cottage,  apartment or a beautiful house with sea views close to the coast of Devon or Cornwall our selection of the best cottages, holiday houses and apartments Dorset and Somerset offers the widest choice and best value in Southern England’s most popular holiday destination.

770 Cottages, holidays houses or apartments the choice is yours

Modern and stylish harbour side houses and apartments are available in towns like fashionable Dartmouth or Salcombe close to their vibrant centre with shops, restaurants. Many converted farm houses amongst the unspoilt beauty of Dartmoor. Holiday houses with sea views or close to the beaches such as Woolacombe, Saunton and Westward Ho! the choice is endless. Or maybe you prefer to explore the maritime history of Plymouth with old town of the Barbican or fishing village of Brixham. Torquay on the English Riviera is a modern resort with a Victorian history offering something for the entire family.

Dorset is a land steeped in history, the fossils at Charmouth on the Jurassic Coast, Weymouth a classic English seaside resort with long golden beaches and the pier at Lyme Regis, famed by the French Lieutenant with that famous kiss. Venture to inland Dorset, with its hamlets of thatched cottages, beamed pubs and watermills and the county town of Dorchester.

UrlaubCornwall offer only the best quality self catering accommodation in South West England at prices that give you choice as well as fantastic value for money.

Deutsch-Übersetzung – Ferienhäuser und Ferienwohnungen in Südwestengland

Let us organise your tour and get the most out of a holiday in South West England:Staying in the bed and breakfast accommodation.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Bed and breakfast accommodation offers the perfect alternative to a hotel for your holiday or tour and UrlaubCornwall offers the best 4 star and 5 star bed and breakfasts across the South and South West of England. All of our bed and breakfasts are selected for quality and value for money; regularly checked in person by our team. We have 15 years experience organising tours and can create the perfect one to suit your requirements.

Find perfect Bed and Breakfast accommodation for your tour of South West England

Our B&B’s offer rooms of the highest standard and friendly service you only find in a family run business. Welcomed to their house, often with a cup of tea and biscuits or even some home made cakes. Our bed and breakfast owners can offer friendly advice on everything that the local area has to offer enabling you to get the most from your touring holiday in Southern England. You’ll hear about the best local pubs or maybe a new restaurant that won’t yet feature in your guide books. Also other activities like walks or little known sites and attractions that you wouldn’t otherwise get to see.

Find out why the Southwest England is Great Britain’s favourite holiday destination

Whether you fly to London or cross the channel to Dover to start your tour we can offer accommodation along your route from Kent to Cornwall. Maybe explore Brighton in Sussex, on to Exbury Gardens in the New Forest, the spires of Salisbury and Chesil Beach in Dorset. Travel further reaching the famous coves and inlets of the South Coast of Devon and Cornwall or the rugged North Coast with resorts like Newquay and quaint fishing villages like Padstow. These are only a small selection of places and things to do on a tour through Southern England.

Deutsch-Übersetzung – Bed and Breakfast in Südwestengland

Getting to the Isles of Scilly

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Situated 28 miles off Land’s End, the islands are easily accessible from Southern England.

There is no travel to and from the islands on a Sunday.

It is not possible to take your car to the islands, but you will not need it when you are there.

When arriving at the airport on St Mary’s your hotel will arrange for you to be met by the local minibus/taxi service.

If you are staying on one of the other islands you will be taken to the Quay for your connecting boat trip.

There is plenty of parking at the Heliport and Airports on the mainland.

Ship; The Sciilonian III sails from Penzance from the end of March until the end of October.

The ship sails once a day leaving Penzance at about 09.15 and returning from St Mary’s at about 16.30 depending on the tides. The sailing time is about 2 hours.

Plane; the flights are operated by The Isles of Scilly Skybus, and flights operate from airports on the mainland at Newquay, Land’s End (St Just) and Exeter.

All planes land on the island of St Mary’s.

Train; There is a frequent train service from London Paddington including an overnight sleeper service to Penzance. The train station in Penzance is next to the  harbour making for an easy connection to the Isles of Scilly.

Deutsch-Übersetzung  – Anreise zu den Scilly-Inseln

The Isles of Scilly just off the Cornish coast, 5 islands that offer a unique taste of Cornwall as it was.

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

As visitors to the islands ourselves for 20 years we have chosen our selection of hotels on the Isles of Scilly, our favourite secret place in Cornwall, truly a dream destination located just off Land’s End. Just a 15 minute flight or a boat trip and you arrive on the “Fortunate Islands” as they are named. It’s not difficult to see why as you view the islands from above with crystal clear turquoise seas and bright white sandy beaches.

 Stylish hotels in stunning locations

 UrlaubCornwall has selected a small number of hotels, perfect for families or couples, that are each unique and offer the perfect setting for a holiday that you’ll never forget. For those that visit the islands, once is never enough and you’ll be drawn back year after year. Stay for a week or just for short break there is a no more beautiful part of Cornwall.

Deutsch-Übersetzung – Hotels in Scilly

Self catering holiday houses, cottages and apartments on Tresco on the Isles of Scilly a great choice for a holiday for all the family.

UrlaubCornwall has selected the best accommodation on the Isles of Scilly set in amazing locations with stunning sea views, close to some of the beaches that feature in the top 10 found in Great Britain.

We have visited the islands for the last 20 years and never tire of the unique scenery, a chance to take boats trips and enjoy a pace of life set by the tides. With almost no cars a chance to walk and enjoy it’s a very different kind of holiday. For children the chance to explore the coast line, the subtropical gardens and the many ancient stone monuments that tell of the long history.

Self catering accommodation on Tresco, the home of the famous Abbey Gardens, offer romantic fishermen’s cottages, stylish apartments and modern homes for family holidays or a short break for two.

Deutsch-Übersetzun  – Ferienhäuser & Fewos in Scilly

A Luxury Family Hotel in a stunning location on Cornwall’s South Coast: Fowey Hall is perfect base to explore the beautiful part of Cornwall

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Fowey Hall Hotel is a luxury family friendly hotel that set in a spectacular location overlooking the famous towns of Fowey and Polruan on Cornwall’s South Coast, a historic Victorian mansion which many believe is the inspiration Toad of Toad Hall a famous children’s novel from the early 1900’s written by Kenneth Grahame.

UrlaubCornwall visited the hotel on a sunny day, perfect for enjoying a drink or alfresco lunch on the terrace and a chance to take in the sea views or a stroll around the large well maintained gardens.

Individually decorated rooms in the hotel reflect the history of the impressive property built by a timber baron who made his fortune in Canada, but don’t skimp on the modern luxuries that you expect.

Families on holiday are catered for especially well with a free crèche for young children, computer games and cinema rooms mean that parents can relax knowing that their kids are fully occupied. A 12m indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and Spa complex offer relaxation for all ages in a purpose built building close to the main house.

There are relaxed bistro dining options for the whole family or child free dining for parents and couples looking. Award winning food prepared with local ingredients from land and sea in Hanson’s dining room, an impressive wood panelled room with windows on to the garden.

The Fowey Hotel is an ideal place to stay and unwind on a holiday in Southern Cornwall or a stop on a tour around this beautiful part of Southern England visiting near by attractions like the Eden project or the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Sea Garden cottages on Tresco in the Isles or Scilly: offering hotel quality food and facilities or a self catering option.

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Sea Garden Cottages are new contemporary one-bedroom cottages with beautiful sea views on the idyllic Island of Tresco.

The cottages offer the flexibility of self catering accommodation or guests can choose a hotel experience and dine in the beachfront restaurant; The Ruin.

Hotel in Scilly-Inseln

Sea Garden Cottages, Tresco

The cottages have 2 floors, with high ceilings and picture windows making the most of the fantastic views. The kitchen and bathrooms are beautifully equipped and there is also a high quality sofa bed making the cottages ideal for young families.

After a day exploring the Islands taking in the beautiful scenery, enjoying a boat trip to one of the other islands or strolling around the famous Abbey Gardens, there is then the opportunity to enjoy all of the facilities which the Sea Garden Cottages have to offer. There is a tennis court, heated indoor pool, gym, Jacuzzi and sauna.

Hotel in Scilly-Inseln

Tresco Strande

A perfect place to place to spend a holiday and escape to an island just 28 miles off the Cornish Coast.