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Explore the mysterious islands off the coast of Cornwall, including St. Martin's, Tresco and Bryher, and meet writer Michael Morpurgo, who has been visiting the Scillies for 40 years

On this six-day trip you will discover what many people consider the UK's most charming archipelago - the Isles of Scilly, off the south-western tip of Cornwall. Included are excursions, dinner and a presentation talk from Michael Morpurgo, the author most famous for his 1982 novel War Horse.

This island discovery includes boat trips to and from the mainland, as well as throughout the archipelago. This is the warmest region of the British Isles. Over six days you'll explore the rugged coastlines, the semi-tropical gardens and the historic sites of St Mary's, St Martin's, Tresco, St Agnes and Bryher, with its rugged west coast and pretty sand beaches.

Accommodation is at the four-star Star Castle Hotel on St Mary's, a converted 16th-century fortress in the shape of an eight-pointed star. Michael Morpurgo has been visiting his beloved Isles of Scilly for four decades. They have provided the inspiration for many of his novels including Why the Whales Came, Listen to the Moon and Arthur, High King of Britain.

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Michael Morpurgo

The award-winning author Michael Morpurgo is one of the nation's favourite storytellers. A former Children's Laureate, he has written more than 150 books, which have sold over 35 million copies and delighted readers of all ages. He has been visiting the Isles of Scilly for the past 40 years.

Price includes

  • Return ferry from Penzance to St Mary's
  • Five nights' accommodation at the four-star Star Castle Hotel, St Mary's
  • Exclusive dinner with Michael Morpurgo, plus after-dinner talk and Q&A session
  • Five breakfasts
  • Lunch on St Martin's at Seven Stones pub
  • Lunch on Tresco
  • Packed lunch for trip to St Agnes
  • Full day exploring Bryher with lunch at the Hell Bay Hotel and guided tour
  • Private boat transfers within the islands
  • Exclusive talk and dinner with Tresco Abbey Garden's curator (subscribers only)
  • Full services of a tour manager throughout the tour


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  1. Day
    Arrive in St Mary’s
    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

    Your ferry departure from Penzance arrives into St Mary's around lunchtime. Check in at your hotel for a welcome drink followed by time to explore the headland or Hugh Town.

  2. Day
    St Martin's
    St Martin's, Scilly Isles, United Kingdom

    Take a boat transfer to St Martin's where you'll discover the island's ruggedly beautiful shoreline, including St Martin's Head, a haven for breeding seabirds. Lunch at Seven Stones pub. Additional visits to St Martin's Vineyard and flower farm. Return to St Mary's. (Exclusively for Telegraph subscribers: enjoy dinner at the Star Castle Hotel followed by a talk from the curator of Tresco Abbey Garden.)

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Day
    Tresco, United Kingdom

    You will boat transfer to Tresco where you'll visit the world-famous Tresco Abbey Garden, home to a collection of some 20,000 plants from 80 countries. There will also be the chance to visit the Tresco Gallery. Tour Tresco's ancient sites and historic buildings, then return to St Mary's.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day
    St Agnes
    St Agnes (Scilly Isles), United Kingdom

    Boat transfer to St Agnes for a walk around the island's coastline, visiting Troy Town Maze, St. Warna's Well, Obadiah's Barrow and The Old Man of Gugh. Marine wildlife cruise on Spirit of St Agnes with packed lunch. Return to St Mary's. This evening, enjoy an exclusive dinner, plus a talk and Q&A session with Michael Morpurgo, who will discuss his career and how the Isles of Scilly have inspired his stories.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    Bryher, United Kingdom

    Today you'll enjoy a full-day visit to Bryher with a guided tour. Bryher is a beautiful island, where Michael Morpurgo stays when he visits and is the setting for many of his stories. An island of contrasts, you'll explore its rugged West Coast that's pounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and calmer side of sandy beaches, where you can hike up one of its small granite hills for great views. Lunch will be served at the four-star Hell Bay Hotel. Return to St Mary's.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    Free time on St Mary's
    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

    Enjoy some free time exploring the island before your ferry departs for Penzance mid-afternoon, arriving early evening.

    Meals - Breakfast


Star Castle, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

Family-run Scilly Isles hotel just a short walk from the centre of St Mary’s island and harbour, with breathtaking views of the Archipelago.

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