JL040818 – Summer Sailing to Scilly

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
JL040818 Sat 4 Aug (15.00) Fri 10 Aug (16.00) Newlyn Newlyn 6 £850 Book voyage »

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Many people have said they would love to visit the Isles Of Scilly, situated just 25 miles off Lands End and a world apart from the mainland. This voyage is a particularly spectacular time to journey out the the archipelago, as the Bank Holiday weekend will really bring the islands to life! What better way to see the stunning islands and breathtaking air display than aboard a two masted topsail schooner?

From the minute you board the ship you’ll know you’re on an adventure heading for somewhere very, very special. The closer you get, and very soon after rounding the Lizard, you’ll catch glimpses on the horizon of the low-lying islands amid a turquoise sea, some fringed by rocks, others by white sandy beaches, all bathed in a light of vibrant intensity. During this journey in particular, the intensity continues ashore, with the islands buzzing with activity and excitement.

History of the Isles

From shipwrecks to treasure, burial chambers to deserted villages, the history of Scilly is utterly compelling – especially as it mingles so tantalisingly with modern-day life on the islands. Scilly’s tiny land mass is home to 239 scheduled monuments, which means there is a greater density of historical sites here than anywhere else in the British Isles.

Traces of human life on Scilly stretch back at least 3,000 years, when the islands were one large land-mass that was home to nomadic hunter-gatherers. Their flint tools still sometimes turn up today, on beaches and in fields.

Voyage Description

A typical week in Scilly

The week that this voyage takes place over is a little different to your standard Scilly voyage. Around this time of year, Scilly often hold their week long Regatta, and although the next official one isn’t due till 2018, there are still many events taking place over the bank holiday. The star of the show will undoubtedly be the return of the Red Arrows to the islands. They were a huge hit last year, and will their flyover will take place on the bank holiday Monday, where you will have the advantage of an unobstructed view on board the Johanna Lucretia!

Day 1: Depart from Newlyn, sail overnight passing Lands End for the 25 miles passage to Scilly.

Day 2: Anchor off the main island of St. Mary’s. Hire a bike to explore the island. Visit Star Castle and museum or walk the coastal path. Private wildlife tour available from Will Wagstaffe.

Day 3: Sail around the islands to anchor off the uninhabited eastern rock Great Gannily. The ship’s chef Pete will provide a barbeque lunch on the beach.  Swim with seals and laze on the white sands. In the afternoon  sail to St Helen’s Pool, and back in time for the Red Arrows flyover!

Day 4: Hop on a tripper boat to visit the island of your choice. Most popular are the Abbey Gardens on Tresco or Hell Bay on Bryher

Day 5: Sail to St Agnes for lunch at the Turks Head pub and a stroll. Our afternoon activity will include a sail to Western rocks and Bishops lighthouse and round to Tresco. Anchor  by Cromwell’s Castle, Tresco.

Day 6: Sail through Crow Sound back to Mounts Bay. Anchor off St Michael’s Mount and visit the castle.

Day 7:  Disembark Newlyn.

*Please note: This is an active sailing holiday with real sailing ships. All our itineraries may be subject to change due to weather conditions and the safety of the vessel and voyage crew/ passengers.



Scilly seal and sunrise at Pelistry Bay


We love Scilly, and to discover it in more detail there is the chance to take a wildlife tour with expert naturalist Will Wagstaffe who has lived and worked on Scilly since 1981.

Take the opportunity to hop from island to island by boat experiencing many natural wonders – puffins, seals, dolphins and a multitude of rare, and migrating birds or just relax and enjoy life’s simple pleasures; from beachcombing, barbecuing on deserted shores, swimming with seals , to watching the sunset and gazing at the stars.

With their turquoise waters and pale, fine sand, Scilly’s beaches are simply stunning – beautiful enough to rival any in the world.

Scilly also boasts a plethora of dramatic, rugged coastlines – steep rock faces and deep inlets caused by the continuous pounding of huge rollers coming in from the Atlantic Ocean and the site of many a great storm during the winter months. There are plentiful rocky coastal walks across landscapes often cloaked in heather and flowering gorse or with castle ruins atop a promontory. All enjoy sensational views. The aptly named Hell Bay at the northern end of Bryher springs to mind as an excellent vantage point, as does Peninnis Head on St. Mary’s.


Useful Information

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Please note that you will need to arrange your own travel insurance, which covers you for the duration of your voyage. We recommend Topsail Insurance, which offers single policies from about £20.

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Visitor Attractions:

Will Wagstaffe wildlife tours

St. Mary’s bike hire

Tresco Abbey Garden

Read our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a few common enquiries that we receive.