Getting to Scilly

Getting to St Mary’s

The Isles of Scilly are located about 30 miles off Lands End in Cornwall. To get here, you need to cross the water – by plane, helicopter or by boat.  Whichever option you choose, it’s important to plan ahead…

When you’re planning your travel to Scilly, please note that there isn’t regular transport available to and from the islands on Sundays. The Scillonian runs on Sundays in high season, but we suggest you double check your travel dates before booking accommodation.

Skybus flights operate out of Exeter (March – October), Newquay and Land’s End. Check directly with Skybus for schedules and prices. It takes about an hour from Exeter, 30 minutes from Newquay and around 15 minutes if you fly from Land’s End. Skybus is the island’s own local airline and runs a 19-seat De Havilland ‘Twin Otter’.

The Scillonian III sails out from Penzance on a scenic and unrushed cruise that takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes. Treat it as the start of your trip and make the most of the views as you make your way over. You might even spot a dolphin! If you’re coming over on the Scillonian and need to leave your car at Penzance, we suggest Scilly Parking.

Penzance Helicopters fly directly to St Mary’s. As with the plane, the flight takes just 15 minutes, with incredible aerial views of the Cornish coast and the islands from the state-of-the-art modern helicopter. Penzance Helicopters offers enhanced weather resilience, a larger 20kg luggage allowance

Penzance Accommodation

We recommend Keigwin House (Tel: 01736 363 930 or 07557 057 773) which is owned and run by ex-islanders Fran and Stuart Brint. This is an excellent base if you are travelling to or from the islands by Scillonian or Skybus from Lands End.

For more details, travel schedules and fares, contact Isles of Scilly Travel:
Steamship House,
Quay Street,
TR18 4BZ
Telephone: +44 (0)1736 334220

On Arrival

If arriving by plane or helicopter hop into the shuttle bus to drop your bags at Sylina before returning at 3pm. Or if arriving by boat, have your bags carried up by Richard Hand Haulage, enjoy a little shopping and make your way up to us for 3pm. Either way, a warm welcome and cream tea will be awaiting you.