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The Unspoilt Isles of Scilly

4.5 stars(37 reviews)

A stunning hidden treasure

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6 days From £1,199 per person

2022 Tour code: 22ISS

About the tour

An archipelago off the Cornish coast boasting azure seas and almost tropical climes, travel by overnight sleeper train from London to discover the glorious Isles of Scilly.


What’s included


Day 1 - London & Penzance

Meet your Tour Manager at the First Class Lounge at Paddington Station. From here, board the Riviera Sleeper Train, a rail service that runs through the night to Penzance. Enjoy accommodation in sleeper cabins for your journey.

Day 2 - St Mary’s

After a night riding the rails, arrive into Penzance, gateway to the Isles of Scilly. Transfer to Penzance harbour for the ferry to St Mary's. Alternatively, on some departures you'll transfer to Land's End Airport for the short flight to St Mary's. The Isles of Scilly are located just 35 miles off the coast of Cornwall yet feel a million miles away, with pristine beaches and fascinating indigenous wildlife. St Mary's is the largest of the Scilly Isles, although it only covers 2.5 square miles. The island offers up picture-perfect scenery, with pretty coves, sandy beaches, and lovely blue waters. Check into your hotel for three nights in Hugh Town, the perfect base for exploring.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3 - Walking tour of St Mary’s

Enjoy a day exploring St Mary's. Your first visit is to Harry's Walls, an unfinished fort dating back to the 16th century. Continue through the nature trail of the Lower Moors, an area of wetlands, to the quaint village of Old Town, thought to be the oldest settlement on the island. The church, St Mary's Old Church, is famous as the final resting place of former Prime Minister, Sir Harold Wilson, who was a resident of Hugh Town. Continue exploring this afternoon, perhaps taking in the incredible views of St Agnes from Peninnis Head lighthouse before returning to Hugh Town. Pause en route at the Grade II listed Buzza Tower windmill and the island's intriguing Bronze Age burial chambers.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

Visit Tresco, the second largest of Scilly's Islands and home to one of your holiday highlights - the incredible Abbey Garden. First opened in 1834, the gardens were built around the ruins of a Benedictine abbey dating back to 964 AD and are Grade I designated. The 17-acre, sub-tropical gardens benefit from the region's mild climate, and tall hedges and walls shelter it from the wind, making it a haven for sun-loving plants from all around the world. The collection of flora here is as diverse as it is beautiful, and you enjoy free time to wander along the exotic-lined pathways.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - St Agnes

Take the ferry to remote St Agnes today. Free time here allows you to stroll St Agnes' remote beaches and perhaps visit the island's only pub, keeping the island's 72 inhabitants refreshed all year round. You could also visit the island's main landmark, its pretty white lighthouse dating back to 1680. Later, return to St Mary's where you join the ferry to Penzance. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, before boarding the Riviera Sleeper train back to London.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - London

Your holiday ends this morning as the train pulls into Paddington Station.

On some departures, this itinerary is 5 days in length. All your holiday excursions remain the same, however you will not travel on the Riviera Sleeper Train on Day 5. Instead, you take a short flight to Lands End and continue by First Class rail to London, where your holiday ends in the early evening.

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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The Atlantic Inn, St Mary's

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St Mary’s Hall Hotel, St Mary’s

St Mary’s Hall Hotel, St Mary’s

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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 37 reviews

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Lizzie Eyre

4 stars

Submitted 23/Oct

The tour manager was very friendly and competent, the hotel on St Mary's was very comfortable and as the organised trips to other islands enjoyable. However the overnight train was cramped, obviously not the fault of the travel company; I would have preferred to travel by day, staying in Penzance before taking the ferry the following morning and reversing this on the return journey

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Dawn Potter

5 stars

Submitted 21/Oct

I enjoyed this trip as it was exceptionally well organised, even down to the weather.

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5 stars

Submitted 21/Oct

Fantastic holiday

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Margaret King

5 stars

Submitted 21/Oct

Wonderful organisation from start to finish. Isles of Scilly are so unspoilt. Walking leader's knowledge and interest added to our holiday. A very professional, enthusiastic and lovely Jackie made the holiday. the best yet. We would recommend Rail Discoveries to anyone seeking a carefree, good quality holiday. Thank you

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5 stars

Submitted 19/Oct

We enjoyed the holiday very much ,and the Tressco gardens were amazing. Thank you for some lovely memories . Chris and John Holloway.

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Meg Howse

3 stars

Submitted 19/Sep

The problem with this trip is the hassle of getting there and back. The overnight sleeper was not up to my expectations - in fact I found it very claustrophobic and between my husband and myself could hardly move around in the tiny cabin. Worst nights sleep I ever had! I also felt that we did a lot of walking on this tour, which sometimes isn't suitable for people like me 'of a certain age'. Other than that, the islands themselves were beautiful. If you could get people there by daytime trains and flights, this would take the sting out of it.

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A stunning hidden treasure


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