The Scillonian III ferry takes a gentle two hours and 45 minutes to sail to the Isles of Scilly from Pen-zance, creating a truly peaceful start to your Scilly break. Sailings leave Penzance up to seven days a week from spring until late autumn and offer a scenic boat trip along the Cornish coastline before arriving at St. Mary’s Quay. You’ll pass by famous landmarks like St Michael’s Mount, Porthcurno beach, and the Minack Theatre as well as quaint fishing villages and towering clifftop
Look out for pods of dolphins playing in the ferry’s wake or try to spot rare birds and marine wildlife; there is plenty of time for wildlife-spotting from the deck. There are comfy, reclining seats inside and you can enjoy hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks from the onboard cafe, Western Rocks Coffee Company. Dogs are welcome on board too with designated areas for your four-legged friend.
Traveling to the ferry departure point is a relaxed process too. Penzance Quay is just a short walk from the town’s train station, with its direct rail services to London Paddington. If you’re driving, there is ample car parking just 1.7 miles away at the Scillonian Ferry Car Park and Ride, with quick six-minute transfers to and from the quay, or a large pay and display public car park opposite the main harbour. If you’re torn between flying and sailing, you can do both with a Fly+Sail option offering the chance to book a Skybus flight to Scilly with a Scillonian return journey - an especially memorable way of enjoying a day trip to Scilly from the Cornish mainland.
Visit ISLESOFSCILLY-TRAVEL.CO.UK to learn more.