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Monday, 21 January 2008

Time for the Scilly Season

Following the recent closing of a blog I did not have the time to keep writing, I will be incorporating some of its better content over here in Trym Tales. Here then is the first of an occasional series previously posted and now re-branded under the dynamic title of

Places I like that are not too far away from Bristol especially when you consider that some people go to Cuba for their holidays.

The Isles of Scilly are such a place. A beautiful collection of islands (5 inhabited) 28 miles off the western tip of Cornwall, the archipelago is rightly designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is famous for its beaches, clean seas, birds and wildlife, fauna and flora and lush climate - being the first piece of Britain to be hit by the warm current of the Gulf Stream.

For those whose consciences and bank balances allow them to fly, there are direct flights from Bristol and Exeter. There is of course a boat service, though a friend who took it said she felt sick the whole way and I must confess I'm not much of a mariner myself. My preferred way of getting to Scilly (as if I do it every weekend) is by train to Penzance, followed by helicopter from the town's heliport, close to the station. 20 minutes in a Chinook - it's a buzz!

Once there, you will have the time of your life - assuming breathtaking scenery, the absence of noise, golden beaches to yourself and boat trips to places of interest are your thing.

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