Cornwall and Isles of Scilly holiday

“West is best in this tour of the furthest reaches of England’s West Country. Enjoy beautiful Cornish beaches and seaside towns, and spend time in the remote Scilly Isles.”


Train from London to Penzance | Penzance | St Ives | St Mary’s | Tresco | Tresco Abbey Gardens

Description of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly holiday

Few people think of exploring England’s West Country by rail, but this trip has been carefully designed to be car-free all the way – especially in the Scilly Isles, where you’re more likely to encounter bikes and golf buggies than BMWs.

Set off on your first day with a train journey from London Paddington to Penzance. The scenery along the line is truly mesmerising, passing landmarks such as Windsor Castle before hitting Somerset, the South Devon Coast and Dartmoor.

Once you’re in West Cornwall you’re free to explore the beaches and seaside towns at leisure. Try arty St Ives, a town long associated with artists – one look at the scenery will show you why. Penzance is full of great restaurants and Cornish ice cream shops and it’s surrounded by sandy beaches.

The Scilly Isles are a short flight from Land’s End – the western tip of mainland Britain. This little island archipelago is sunny, blessed with famous gardens and good looks – and it’s a great place to be car-free and relaxed at the end of your trip.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Travel on this holiday is a combination of trains, two short flights and ferry services – road transfer are only used in instances where locations cannot be accessed by public transport.

The Isles of Scilly is the perfect car-free destination, for the simple reason that visitors cannot bring cars onto the island. Car hire is not offered on the island, making this the perfect destination for those actively seeking low-carbon destinations, and also who wish to cycle or walk as much as possible during their holiday. The guided excursion on this holiday is a full-day walking tour with a local guide Travel between the islands is via a boat service.

We are members of AITO – The Association of Independent Tour Operators – and adhere to their strict environmental code of conduct.

We predominantly market our holidays via the internet. We produce a small quantity of compact brochures each year for past customers and enquirers. If we do have any printed materials left over, we always ensure these are recycled.

The Impacts of this Trip

For us, true sustainability means promoting and helping to maintain a way of life in remote locations, where the economic benefit from tourism can make a genuine difference. For this reason, each of the accommodations selected on this holiday are small and locally owned in areas that are a little off the beaten track, to ensure you get an authentic experience in each location. The guided walking tour in St Mary’s is with a hand-selected local expert. Travel between the islands is via a boat service run by an association of local boatmen, and represents a way of life that has barely changed in centuries.

We directly employ a small team of local people in Glasgow, who travel to work by public transport, cycling or on foot. We ensure staff undertake at least two recce visits in a year so that we can always recommend and include the best local experiences and restaurants throughout Scotland, England, Ireland & Wales. All staff share our values of environmental and sustainable responsibility.


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