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The Wild Flowers & Gardens of the Isles of Scilly

Tour Code: GBR23

An 8-day tour to discover the wild flowers and gardens of the Isles of Scilly.

8 days from £950 Land Only Price: £895 SRS: £50

The Isles of Scilly are a world apart, an island paradise with sparkling turquoise seas and deserted white sandy beaches lapped by gentle tides under a cloudless sky. Everywhere is within walking distance or just a short boat ride away. Small fields with high hedges are awash with wild flowers and even the stone walls are colonised by an abundance of interesting plants. The famous exotic flora of the islands owes much to the Tresco Abbey Garden, the once flourishing cut flower industry, and their escapes, as well as the benign climate and the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. However, the Isles of Scilly have a unique flora in their own right with plants of a Lusitanian and Mediterranean origin. Orange Bird’s-foot (Ornithopus pinnatus), Least Adder’s-tongue Fern (Ophioglossum lusitanicum) and Dwarf Pansy (Viola kitaibeliana) do not occur on mainland Britain. Others such as Small-flowered Catchfly (Silene gallica), Four-leaved Allseed (Polycarpon tetraphyllum), and Small-flowered Tree-mallow (Lavetera cretica) are found elsewhere but are never as abundant as they are in Scilly. This tour will explore all five of the inhabited islands and admire the vast range of flora they have to offer, both within Tresco Gardens and in the wild.

  • Stunning island scenery
  • Outstanding flora containing many rare species
  • Leisurely paced tour visiting all five inhabited islands by boat
  • World-famous Tresco Abbey Gardens with its collection of exotic tropical plants
  • Grey Seals
  • Abundant birdlife including chance of rare migrants
  • Unique Scillonian way of life
  • Led by expert naturalist guide


Breakfast included in holiday price only; allow approximately £30 per day for lunches and evening meals.


Comfortable guest house, all rooms with private facilities.

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Day 1 Meet at Penzance; sail to St Mary's

Day 2/7 Natural history excursions on St Mary's, St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco and St Martin's

Day 8 Morning Excursion before afternoon return to Penzance

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Accommodation was very convenient and comfortable. Our guide was extremely likeable and helpful with an excellent depth of knowledge.
Dawn really planned extremely well for the botanical experiences and we did get the opportunity to do other things too so the holiday provided a good balance. Thank you to Dawn and all the other members of the group.
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Accommodation was very convenient and comfortable. Our guide was extremely likeable and helpful with an excellent depth of knowledge.
E.R., Surrey