Discover the Isles of Scilly with nature expert Will Wagstaff

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The Isles of Scilly are a short ferry ride from the Cornish coast, yet they feel a million miles away, which is why we're inviting you on an exclusive trip to the islands to see its breathtaking beauty in the company of nature expert Will Wagstaff.

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Most of the islands' 2,200 inhabitants live on St Mary’s, where you’ll be based during Good Housekeeping's September 2021 tour (we have 2022 dates for early birds too).

Thanks to the island’s unique geography, there’s an array of flora and fauna to explore. You’ll visit in spring or autumn and be joined by Will, who has been guiding tours here for more than 25 years.

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This is your chance to experience the magic of these heavenly British islands at one of the best times of year for wildlife spotting: think razorbills, Atlantic grey seals and storm petrels.

During the six-day holiday, you'll stay at a charming hotel on St Mary's, close to the sandy Porthcressa Beach, visit the exotic Tresco Abbey Gardens and go on boat trips to spot seals and seabirds.

Highlights of this unmissable trip

Explore St Mary's

The largest of the Isles of Scilly, St Mary’s has just nine miles of road, yet more than 30 miles of walking and cycling trails. You’ll have time to explore its main settlement, Hugh Town.

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Meet Will Wagstaff

As well as knowing all there is to know about the wildlife, Will Wagstaff can educate you about all aspects of life on the islands, the place he calls home and tell you the secret spots to visit.

Wonderful wildlife

Many species on the Isles of Scilly can’t be seen anywhere else in the UK. They have more than 450 species of seabirds, waders and migrant birds you'll spend time spotting with Will.

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Photo credit: Ashley Cooper - Getty Images

Included excursions

You’ll visit Tresco Abbey Garden, which is described as 'a perennial Kew without the glass' and is home to more than 20,000 plants. You’ll also enjoy boat tours and guided walks with Will.

What's included?

  • Five nights at St Mary’s Hall Hotel, with breakfasts and dinners

  • A talk and introduction to the Isles of Scilly by Will Wagstaff

  • A visit to Tresco and the stunning Abbey Garden with Will

  • A full-day excursion to the island of Bryher

  • An Eastern Isles boat trip to look for grey seal colonies

  • A boat excursion to spot seabirds, including puffins, with Will

  • The chance to see some of the world’s finest (and most unspoilt) beaches at St Martin’s

  • Return ferry from Penzance on the Scillonian III (flights available at a supplement), transport and transfers on the Isles of Scilly, and the services of a tour manager

Want to explore the Isles of Scilly with Will Wagstaff on Good Housekeeping's exclusive trip? Visit our holiday website to read more about the six-day tour in September 2021 and April and September 2022.

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