Go wild on the Isles of Scilly

3 September 2009

Looking for the perfect end of summer or autumn short break getaway? If you are and don’t want to travel too far afield, then you could go wild on the Isles of Scilly - the UK’s own Island Archipelago, warmed by the Gulf Stream and lying 28 miles off Lands End.

September and October are a perfect time to visit, particularly if you are looking for an alternative to simply relaxing on one of the many stunning white sand beaches that the Isles of Scilly are famous for, as the Islands offer visitors the opportunity to see a much wilder side of the Islands.

A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in addition to spotting migrating birds not commonly found on the mainland including Shearwaters and Petrels, the waters around the Islands are also visited by Pods of Porpoise, dolphins and occasionally whales, in addition to the Grey Seals that have their pups on the Eastern Isles between August and December – which can be seen by taking one of the boat trips available.

You may also be lucky and see some of the remaining Puffins, which breed around another of the uninhabited Islands – Annet – in July and August.

On land, the wonderfully scented Narcissi, which are synonymous with the Islands, start flowering in September, thanks largely to the warm Gulf Stream, which sees the Islands flowers develop months ahead of those on the mainland.

And for those looking for something more exotic, the 17 acre Tresco Abbey Garden, established in 1834 by Augustus Smith around the remains of a 12th Century Priory are now home to over 20,000 exotic plants from over 80 countries, few of which would survive on mainland UK.

“The Isles of Scilly have developed a reputation for white beaches, crystal clear waters, a slower pace of life and stunning views, but it has such a rich side to its wild life that September and October give you the very best of both worlds, and are perfect for those looking for a short break without having to spend hours in the air, ” said Jess Smalley of Island Marketing.

Short break offers on the Isles of Scilly include:

Island Properties – offering quality self catering accommodation on St Mary’s - scillyhols.co.uk

St Mary’s Hall Hotel – is offering an Autumn Gold Getaway – 3/5/7 nights starting from £445 per person including return flights from Landsend, return boat trip to Tresco with access to the gardens and a Champagne Dinner on one night of your choice – stmaryshallhotel.co.uk

The Island Hotel, Tresco - offers 4-night break packages including travel from Lands End from 21st September, starting from £500. Activity breaks include yoga, walking, painting and bird watching - tresco.co.uk/stay

For information on the Isles of Scilly and the many special offers that are available, visit simplyscilly.co.uk.

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