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Isles of Scilly Discovery

Experience the unique character of the Isles of Scilly on our exciting new tour. Journey along the English Riviera, enjoy time in the port town of Penzance, and travel by ferry to the Isles of Scilly admiring the iconic Cornish coastline. Enjoy commanding views of the archipelago, immerse yourself into island life, and marvel at the natural beauty of these isles plus partake in a vineyard tour and tasting, and sample some of the best seafood caught on the hotel's very own fishing boat.

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7 days from £1995



Monday 22 April 2024



  • Relax in beautiful, quality hotels throughout the tour

  • Travel by ferry with breathtaking views of the Cornish coastline

  • Free time to explore the Cornish port town of Penzance

  • Relax on boat trips from St Mary’s Quay

  • Marvel at magical clear blue Atlantic waters and sparkling silver sands

  • Visit Tresco Abbey Garden to discover exotic plants

  • Watch abundant wildlife – seal and bird colonies

  • Enjoy a guided tour & tasting at the Star Castle Vineyard


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager




Those booking rail travel with us will take the famous English Riviera coastal journey to Penzance. On arrival, we transfer to stay for one night at the traditional family-owned Queens Hotel where we enjoy our first evening meal together.



This morning, after breakfast, we will make our way to Penzance Harbour in time to board our ferry to the islands. The crossing will take around 2hr 45mins and will give a unique perspective of Cornwall's iconic coastline. On arrival our luggage will be transferred whilst we enjoy some of our first breathtaking views of the island as we walk the short distance from the harbour to the hotel. After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore our new surroundings before we reconvene for our evening meal together.

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Today, after a hearty breakfast, we join our introductory tour of St Mary's exploring the history and sights of this beautiful part of the archipelago. There will be plenty of opportunities to make photo stops as we pass by the old town and beautiful stretches of white sand beaches. The afternoon is free for you to explore the many beautiful coastal walking paths or relax and take in the laid-back pace of island life. This evening we will have our evening meal together.

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This morning we walk to the quay and take the ferry to the magnificent island of Tresco. Lying at the heart of the archipelago, 28 miles off the Cornish coast, Tresco is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the island enjoys a mild climate year-round. We enjoy a visit to the Tresco Abbey Garden which contains plants from all over the world and is renowned as one of the best sub-tropical collections in the Northern Hemisphere. After exploring the beauty of this island, we retrace our steps back to St Mary's and reconvene for our evening meal.

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After a leisurely breakfast, there will be chance to embark on a recommended trip or walk before we reconvene at the hotel for a vineyard tour and wine tasting. The Star Castle's HolyVale Vineyard has been producing fine wines which are available to taste as part of a tour during the summer months which will last around 2 hours and will take you through the fascinating history and story of the vineyard. Afterwards we will enjoy our evening meal together.

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This morning, after breakfast, you have time at leisure to enjoy a further excursion or relax in St Mary's. We will need to be checked out of the hotel by 10:30 and our luggage will be securely stored until our departure. Our ferry returning to Penzance is scheduled to depart late-afternoon and, on arrival, we will make our way back to the Queens Hotel in Penzance where we will enjoy our last evening meal together.

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After breakfast it's time to bid farewell to Penzance and journey homeward.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


The Queens Hotel, Penzance

The traditional, family-run Queens Hotel has been welcoming visitors to Penzance since 1862 and is the perfect place from which to explore the Cornish coast. The Queens Hotel takes pride in their attentive service and friendly atmosphere and offer high levels of comfort with each room containing a well-appointed en-suite bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer, and free Wi-Fi. The Promenade Restaurant is well known for its use of fresh local produce.


Star Castle Hotel, St Mary’s

Star Castle Hotel is a family-run hotel just a short stroll from the centre of St Mary’s Island and harbour, with stunning views of the archipelago. The hotel has award-winning restaurants offering the best fresh lobster and crab caught by hotel owner, Mr Robert Francis, aboard ‘Gallos’, the hotel’s own fishing boat. The 38 bedrooms at Star Castle boast traditional and spacious accommodation in 4 acres of gardens, featuring tea/coffee making facilities, TVs, hairdryers, dressing gowns, ironing boards and irons (on request), and white fluffy bath and hand towels. Facilities also include an indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court.



Fare Region



London: Paddington



Greater London



South of England



East Anglia



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North East



North West



South Wales



North Wales






**Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.


Join & Leave at Hotels £1,995


Single Room Supplement £NIL


6 nights’ bed, breakfast & table d’hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


**This tour is dependent on ferry sailings which are dictated by tides, weather and a number of other factors which can change at short notice.


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