Flash back to the Scilly Isles

Just checking in and keeping the ole blog ticking along until the next trip! However I have found a real throw back trip to keep you going!

I visited the glorious Scilly Isles way back in 2006 (hence the fresh faced look in the photos!) We stayed on St Mary’s, the largest of the islands.

Air access to the islands is via St Mary’s airport. The scheduled helicopter service, which previously linked Penzance heliport with St Mary’s Airport sadly ended in 2012 so you can’t arrive in style like we did!

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St. Mary’s is the only island with a significant road network; in 2005 there were only 619 registered vehicles on the island!! You can hire electric powered golf cart type buggies for use on the island’s road network though.

During our trip we visited the beautiful Tresco Abbey Gardens.

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Due to its unique situation, the sub-tropical Abbey Gardens hosts thousands of plants.

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All in all, the tropical garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.

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Here’s some succulent semperviums.

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They grow in every crack and crevice!

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You can take a stroll around the atmospheric ruins of St Nicholas Priory.

It was founded in the early 12th century by Benedictine monks and it was where the first plants of the Abbey Garden were planted in the mid-nineteenth century.

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The garden is also home to a collection of shipwrecked figureheads, which are displayed at the Valhalla museum.

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Next up the weather might have been a bit naff but the scenery certainly wasn’t!! Stay tuned 🙂

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