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Old 08 April 2019, 15:13   #1
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Scilly Isles on the Scillonian

Mrs and her cousin (think Thelma & Louise, the retirement years) are considering spending a few days on the Scilly Isles taking the Scillonian both ways.

I see using search many RIB folks have gone over there often camping. But has anyone advice to offer re being a foot passenger staying in hotels or B&B.

Any thoughts appreciated.
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Old 08 April 2019, 16:09   #2
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I'd suggest not doing the 1st weekend of May - it's the World Pilot Gig Championship and it gets pretty busy.

I've not got first hand experience of the Scillonian but my other half suggests they should be prepared to spew.
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I've always sailed the yacht across (sadly the RIB hasn't been past Newlyn yet), but sometimes Mum has done the Scillonian one or both ways if she wasn't sure about the conditions. The Scillonian is renowned for not being the most surefooted vessel in the often swelly seas around that area, and she always reports plenty of people throwing up unless it is flat calm, which is pretty rare!

Loads of accommodation options on St Mary's, really depends where they want to stay and what type/price, assuming they are staying on St. Mary's and not the outlying islands? Most of the proper hotels are clustered in/around Hugh Town itself, but plenty of smaller B&B's, self catering places and the like spread all over the island, they have a pretty good list on the Scilly tourism site from memory. And no doubt plenty of AirBnB's these days as well... Personally I'd stay closer towards Hugh Town/Old Town, and head out each day to explore different corners of St. Mary's, or the other islands. Plenty of daily boats from Hugh Town out to the other islands if they want to explore - lovely gardens to visit on Tresco, but I love Bryher, St. Martin's and St. Agnes/Gugh as well - there's just too much to choose.
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My gran used to live on The Scilly Isles, my grandfather was the postmaster and my mother was born there. I remember going on The Scillonian as a young boy and a lot of people being sick. I thought it was great.

The Isles of Scilly are small, not many hotels so so speak and obviously a few B&B's, there is at least a camsite on St Mary's also. It's been almost 40 years since I last went so can't be much help other than the sun always shines, it looks tropical and can get very busy.
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Thanks all. The most consistent comment from any source is about the trip there by water! I’ve advised Mrs F to take her own life jacket and plb.
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