The Atlantic Hotel ***
Located on the stunning Isles of Scilly, the Atlantic Hotel combines great hospitality with uninterrupted views of the bustling harbour and spectacular coastline. This 25 bedroomed hotel is in the heart of Hugh Town on the island of St Mary's, where the buildings are golden granite, the beaches are white and often empty and the countryside and coast are stunning all year round.
The Isles of Scilly lie just off the coast of Cornwall but seem like a world apart. Every inch of these 200 low lying isles form an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and everyone who visits here falls in love with the Scillies lifestyle. Well be based on St Marys the biggest and most populated island and the hub of Scillonian life. Outside the hustle and bustle of Hugh Town, St Marys still has more than its fair share of dreamy beaches, complete with white sand, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes. We will also visit the island of Tresco and the world famous Abbey Gardens with their extraordinary collections laid in zones such as "Higher and Lower Australia", "Mexico" and "South Africa Cliff". There are over 4,000 different specimens that enjoy the Scillies exceptional hours of sunshine and the warmth of the Gulf Stream.
To really enjoy this holiday youll need a reasonable level of fitness and mobility as there are steep steps and lots of walking and climbing onto boats.
Off Island tours are subjest to tidal & weather conditions, which means that the itinerary may be changed or cancelled in extreme circumstances
Your holiday includes:
5 nights four course dinner, bed and full Cornish breakfast
All ferry crossings, from mainland and to the islands
Local tour guide and guided walk on Tresco and St Mary's
Entrance to Abbey Gardens
Free time on St Marys
Travel by Tally Ho Pullman coach to and from Penzance
Accompanied by our Tour Manager
£859 per person based on two sharing a twin/double room. Seaview rooms subject to availability at £40 per person supplement.
Monday 16th August
We depart early from Devon and make our way to Penzance where we leave the coach and catch the early morning Scillonian passenger ferry to St Mary's. From the ferry you can view a unique perspective of some of Cornwall's most iconic coastline, you may even be lucky enough to spot some marine wildlife. We arrive in St Mary's around lunchtime, we walk the short journey to our hotel, the hotel bedrooms may not be ready to check in yet, however the hotel will collect and store your luggage whilst you have time to explore this beautiful island before checking in later that day and then after you have had time to unpack and relax, dinner will be served later that evening.
Tuesday 17th August
Over these 3 days you will have 1 days full guided walking tour of Tresco and Abbey Gardens and 1 full day guided walking tour of St Mary's, the other 2 days are free days at leisure.
Guided Tour of Tresco and Abbey Gardens - We head off early and catch the local ferry across to the island of Tresco with our local experienced guide. Tresco is a beautiful, tranquil, family owned island that is the second largest of the islands and a subtropical gem. The island has a little bit of everything from dramatic rocky outcrops, bronze age burial sites and romatic castle ruins, to secluded sandy beaches. The rugged north of the island is a great place to walk and explore while in the centre of the island there are bird hides to seek out and Tresco's freshwater pools and of course not forgetting the world famous sugar-fine white sands of Pentle and Appletree Bay. Just before lunchtime we will visit Tresco Abbey Garden which was established in the 1830s by Augustus Smith, this horticultural paradise hosts a spectacular collection of more than 20'000 exotic plants from all corners of the world - many of which cannot be grown anywhere else in Britain. The Valhalla collection within the Garden is equally impressive with its colourful display of figureheads salvaged from the islands shipwrecks.
Wednesday 18th Augus
2 Free days at leisure - On your two free days there is plenty for you to see and explore. St Mary's itself is an ideal base to catch a ferry to one of the other inhabited islands, St Martin's and St Agnes are two of the more popular islands to visit there is plenty of history and archaeology alongside sweeping sea views and of course some amazing wildlife. The island of St Mary's covers a total of 2.5 square miles, Hugh Town is where the hotel is located and is the central hub with a cluster of shops, churches, galleries and restaurants and has three lovely beaches in very close proximity - Porthcressa, Town Beach and Porthmellon. Old town is the other 'major' settlement on St Mary's and has its own beautiful beach, nature reserve and the beautiful Old Town Church where Sir Harold Wilson is buried. A good way to discover the entire island is to hire a golf buggy so you can start and stop at your own leisure.D, FE
Thursday 19th August
A day at leisure - please see above.
Friday 20th August
A full day guided walking tour of St Mary's. The biggest and most populated island and, with its shops, school and hospital, it is the hub of Scillonian life. Yet outside the hustle and bustle of Hugh Town, St Mary's still has its fair share of dreamy beaches, complete with white sand, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes.D, FE
Saturday 21st August
After a leisurely breakfast you have the day free before we catch the late afternoon ferry back to Penzance where we will be met by our Tally Ho coach and return home to Devon.FE
D=Dinner, FE=Full English Breakfast
A guided tour is included in this itinerary. This tour involves a great deal of walking, sometimes over rough terraine, and may not be suitable for less mobile guests.
Off island tours are subject to tidal & weather conditions, which means that the itinerary may be changed or cancelled in extreme circumstances.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Brixham|| Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church |
|Buckfastleigh|| Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd |
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
|Dartmouth|| Dartmouth Marks & Spencer |
|Exeter|| Exeter Motorway Services |
|Ivybridge|| Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage |
|Kingsbridge Quay|| Kingsbridge Quay |
|Newton Abbot|| Newton Abbot opp Railway Station |
|Others|| Other pick up points are available |
|Paignton|| Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library |
|Plympton|| Plympton St Marys opp Church |
|Plymstock|| Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel |
|Torquay|| Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre |
|Totnes 7 Stars 2|| Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons |
|Totnes KEVICC|| Totnes KEVICC |
|Wembury|| Wembury Odd Wheel Pub |
|Departure Date||Pick-up Time||Set-down Time|