Exploring the Isles of Scilly - Langdale Walking Holidays

We have planned a programme of gentle walking and exploration of Bryher itself, as well as the nearby islands of Tresco and St. Martin’s.

  • Enjoying the Isles of Scilly’s tranquillity and beauty
  • Visiting Tresco’s world famous Abbey Gardens
  • Exploring Bryher, Tresco & St. Martins
  • Sensational sea views, spectacular flowers and rare birds
  • Dinning in Hell Bay’s 3 AA Rosette restaurant
  • Excellent hotels

One of the highlights of our day on Tresco is a visit to the world-famous Abbey Gardens. Here, we discover a lush green maze of paths meandering between palms, tree ferns, camellias and lilies. Also of interest are the medieval ruins, delightful sculptures and the fascinating collection of shipwrecked figureheads.

The island of Bryher measures just two kilometres in length and about one kilometre at its widest point. It lies just to the west of Tresco and to the north of Samson. The centre of the island is mainly low-lying, with a population of around 80. Here you’ll discover a quiet, bucolic landscape of pastures and arable fields, surrounded by lots of shell-strewn sandy beaches.

The island is virtually traffic-free, criss-crossed by a network of footpaths and tracks. There is a small shop with a post office, a tearoom, church and the Fraggle Rock Bar, England’s most westerly (and possibly smallest) bar.

It’s not uncommon to come across small stalls set out in front of local houses selling all sorts of local produce, from fudge to Bryher crabs – which only adds to the friendly character of the place. The island has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty due to its rare plant life and three sites of Special Scientific Interest.

To get to the island we fly by Skybus from Land's End to the island of St Mary's and from there take a boat to Bryher. Thereafter, the emphasis is on enjoying the tranquillity and beauty of the island, with a walking programme that is leisurely and non-challenging.

Walking Grade: Grade: Easy to ModerateGrade: Easy to Moderate

Day 1: Thursday 30th April: Travel to Penzance

Arrive at the Mount Haven Hotel (Turnpike Rd, Marazion TR17 0DQ) under your own arrangements; rooms are available from 3pm.
If arriving by rail, the hotel is a short taxi journey from Penzance
railway station.
Dinner has been arranged for 7pm – you can expect imaginative
dishes, using the freshest of ingredients at this award-winning
restaurant. We could meet in the bar from 6:30pm.
Dinner and overnight at the Mount Haven Hotel.

Accommodation: Mount Haven Hotel

Meals: Dinner,

Day 2: Friday 1st May: Marazion, Cornwall

Free time today to explore the area including a visit to St Michael’s Mount.
St. Michael’s Mount is a small tidal island in Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The island is a civil parish and is linked to the town of Marazion by a man-made causeway of granite setts.
Dinner and overnight at the Mount Haven Hotel.

Accommodation: Mount Haven Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 3: Saturday 2nd May: Bryher

Depart the hotel at 12 noon and drive in own cars to Land's End Airport and check-in for the Skybus flight to St. Mary's. Secure parking is available at the airport. This should be booked in advance, directly with the airport. Contact Land’s End Airport , tel: 01736 334220. Check in by 1pm.

Passengers who have travelled by rail will be transferred by taxi to Penzance railway station to connect with the shuttle bus service to the airport. Alternatively, car space may be available courtesy of other clients.

A private minibus, provided by Hell Bay Hotel, will transfer us from St. Mary’s airport to the jetty for the boat to Bryher (journey time approx. 30 mins). Met on arrival at the jetty by hotel staff and walk to the hotel, about 10 minutes away. Luggage will be collected from the airport and delivered to your room in the hotel.

Please meet at 4:00pm for our first walk of the holiday, which is an exploration of some of the local beaches abundant with flora and fauna.

Welcome Reception at 7pm, followed by dinner in the hotel.

Dinner and overnight at Hell Bay Hotel.

Walking: Walking: easy – mainly flat, distance: 1- 2 miles, time: 2 hours.

Accommodation: Hell Bay Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 4: Sunday 3rd May: Guided tour of Bryher

Meet up with local guide, Chris Potterton, for a guided walk around the island’s spectacular cliff paths. Chris will introduce us to the history of the island, including an ancient burial ground, Iron Age castle, gigs and shipwrecks. He is responsible for environment issues on the island, looks after the water supply and fire services. It should be interesting.

Bryher is the smallest inhabited island and our visit takes us to the more rugged northwest part of the island via Kitchen Porth, Hangman’s Island and Shipman Head. Optional lunch at the hotel before taking a stroll around the peaceful bays to the south with their profusion of wildflowers, before making our way back to the hotel.

Walking: easy, some elevation in the northwest of the island, gently undulating, on beaches and grass, distance: 2-3 miles, time: 3 hours

Dinner and overnight at Hell Bay Hotel.

Accommodation: Hell Bay Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 5: Monday 4th May: Exploring Tresco and Abbey Gardens

After breakfast, we meet up and take the boat from the jetty to Tresco to explore the island with its quiet lanes, beautiful beaches and cliff paths, as well as Cromwell’s Castle and the ruins of King Charles’ Castle - scene of the last battle of the English Civil War. We’ll end our morning walk at the New Inn for an optional lunch.

In the afternoon there’s a visit to the famous Abbey Gardens to see the magnificent collection of rare and exotic plants from around the world. Return by boat to Bryher.

Dinner and overnight at Hell Bay Hotel.

Walking: Walking: easy, mostly flat along well-defined paths, some elevation towards the castles, distance: 4 miles, time: 3 hours.

Accommodation: Hell Bay Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 6: Tuesday 5th May: Exploring St. Martin’s

After breakfast, we leave the hotel and walk the short distance to the harbour for our boat to St. Martin's, where we spend the day exploring this lovely island. We disembark at the Lower Town jetty before setting off to discover the island on foot. There are several choices for the walk today, with probably the best option being to walk around the island along a good cliff footpath in a clockwise direction via White Island, Great Bay and St. Martin's Head to Higher Town, passing beautiful sandy beaches and secluded coves. Optional lunch at Higher Town.

An easier option is to walk the self-built roadway via the small community of houses and galleries at Higher Town and on to New Quay to re-embark on the boat service to Bryher.

Dinner and overnight at Hell Bay Hotel.

Walking: Walking: easy, distance: 2 or 6 miles (your choice), 3 hours.

Accommodation: Hell Bay Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 7: Wednesday 6th May: Return Home

It's time to go home. After breakfast, our bags will be loaded onto the tractor and we walk to the jetty for the boat to St. Mary's, returning on the Skybus to Land's End. Shuttle bus from the airport to Penzance railway station for anyone travelling by rail or share cars.

Depending on the weather and the wishes of the group, we may replace one of the days with a visit to St Agnes. Depart from the jetty by private boat to St. Agnes and walk around the island. Stop at Coastguard Café for coffee, and then follow the cliff path to St. Warna’s Cove, Old Lifeboat house, Periglis Beach and back to our starting point at the jetty. Depending on tides, we then cross the sand bar to the island of Gugh, following the cliff path around the island. Optional lunch at the Turk’s Head, then return to Bryher by private boat.

Meals: Breakfast,

marazion hotelMount Haven Hotel

We spend the first two nights at the Mount Haven Hotel in Marizion, close to Penzance. This boutique hotel is aptly named, offering a tranquil and secluded sojourn with dazzling views of St Michael’s Mount and Mount Bay. It features a modern design with an emphasis on traditional values, an excellent restaurant, staff, comfort and layout. Voted by The Sunday Times as one of the top 100 British hotels.

Hell Bay Hotel
Hell Bay Hotel

Next, we head for Land’s End airport for the flight to St Mary’s and then a boat to Bryher where we stay four nights in the luxury Hell Bay Hotel on the west side of this remote island. Hell Bay has become an exclusive destination for discerning visitors who appreciate luxury accommodation and fine dining, and with its three AA Rosettes rating, the hotel is the highest rated luxury hotel on the Isles of Scilly.

Availability Status: Available To Book

Option Price p.p Notes
Price per person £1850 Sharing a twin or double room
Single supplement £295
Deposit at time of booking £350

The Standard Price Includes

  • Return flights by Skybus - Land’s End to St Mary’s
  • Return boat trip - St Mary’s to Bryher
  • Two nights at Mount Haven Hotel with breakfast and dinner
  • Four nights at the 4-star Hell Bay Hotel including breakfast and dinner
  • Welcome reception
  • Visit to the Abbey Gardens
  • Group walks on Bryher,Tresco and St Martin’s
  • Local boat services for the inter-island visits to Tresco and St. Martin’s
  • Airport taxes
  • VAT at 20%
  • Accompanying tour leader

Not Included

  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Any Government taxes, airline or fuel charges introduced after publication of the brochure

Please Note: For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.


Saturday 2nd May: Fly to Scilly
Your flight booking reference will be provided to you nearer the time. All you require when checking-in is some form photo identity, such as a driving license. Hold luggage is 15kg plus a carry-on bag.

Land's End Departure:

  • Depart Lands End Airport(IOS065): 14:00
  • Arrive St Mary's Airport: 14:20

Flight time: 0hr 20

Flight times are the latest known and subject to confirmation by the airline. All flight times are local time.


Wednesday 6th May: Fly to Cornwall
Return to Land's End for connecting transport links back home.

Land's End Departure:

  • Depart Tresco by boat for St. Mary's: 11:30
  • Depart St Mary's Airport: 13:10
  • Arrive Land's End Airport: 13:30

Flight time: 0hr 20

Flight times are the latest known and subject to confirmation by the airline. All flight times are local time.

April Weather

Average Temperatures
13 C° high
10 C° low
Average Rainfall
25 mm / month
10 days / month
Average Sunshine
8 hours / day

Useful Information

Currency: Sterling (GBP). £1 will get you (roughly) 1.15 Euros or 1.33 US Dollar, with the average price for a cup of coffee in Scilly being £2.50.

Timezone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

How Fit Do I Need to Be? Routes in Scilly are mainly level and well-kept with slightly more steep and winding routes found along the coast. We find that the experience is all the more enjoyable if our travelling companions are in good walking shape following the run-up to our departure date.

What to Wear in Scilly: Scilly is well-known for its balmy, temperate climate - nevertheless it is almost always a good policy to pack something light and waterproof while walking in Britain should the weather turn.

Power Plugs and Sockets in the UK: Great Britain uses the British three-pin plug exclusively, travellers from overseas will need to bring an adaptor.

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