By: Blonde One
When considering a trip to the Isles of Scilly the transport is all part of the planning and enjoyment. Upon arrival at Penzance (probably by car, but could also be by train) your car can be left at Scilly Parking (www.scillyparking.co.uk). We met Nigel at Scilly Parking, who took us down to the railway station to pick up our Isles of Scilly Travel shuttle bus to the airport. I felt safe in the knowledge that the car would be safe at the secure parking just outside of Penzance.
The shuttle bus took us up to Land’s End airport where we waited excitedly for our plane. The 15 minute journey was thrilling to say the least. It was smooth, calm and everything it was supposed to be and we gazed out of the tiny window at the crystal clear waters underneath us. It felt like no time at all that we saw the archipelago beneath us. The islands looked tiny but full of things for us to explore. The landing, as with the takeoff, was smooth. It is an amazing way to arrive on the islands!
Whilst on the stunning islands we travelled with the St Mary’s Boatmen’s Association between islands. We went onboard the Kingfisher, Sea King and Meridian, amongst others and we were treated to some exciting and calm waters. Fraser Hicks, skipper of the Sea King, proved his worth as he negotiated his way between islands to get us as close as he could to small rocks for a better view of the wildlife.
The reputation of our return mode of transport will definitely precede it as most people have heard of the Scillonian III! I’m pleased to say that our trip was fantastic, with Isles of Scilly Travel very cleverly arranged for an entourage of dolphins to escort us back to Penzance. The waters between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly are not known for their tranquillity but luckily for us, we had no issues to contend with.
There are many things to recommend the Isles of Scilly; the travel options are certainly one of them.
To discover more about the Isles of Scilly, go to www.visitislesofscilly.com. There are Skybus flights to St. Mary’s all year round from Land’s End and Newquay Airports, and between March and October from Exeter Airport. From spring to late-autumn, the Scillonian lll passenger ship sails up to seven days a week between Penzance and St. Mary’s. For travel information, visit www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk. Accommodation: www.carntop.co.uk, www.star-castle.co.uk.