A Visit to the Isles of Scilly
Like Rome, the Isles of Scilly off the southwest coast of England is somewhere that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. My turn came in late February 2005. At that time the normally warmer climate of the Isles had been upset by a biting northerly wind which had brought snow and ice to most other parts of Britain and Ireland but this did not detract from the natural beauty of this wonderful paradise.
Getting there from Dublin is an adventure in itself. My itinerary was like this.
Ryanair Boeing 737 to Bristol International Airport.
Bristol International Flyer Coach to Bristol Temple Meads Station
Train to Plymouth where I stayed overnight and then by train from Plymouth to Penzance. There are direct trains from Bristol Temple Meads to Penzance if you prefer.
Shuttle bus from Penzance Station to the Heliport (5 minutes)
British International Sikorsky S61 helicopter to St. Mary's Airport. (20 glorious minutes)
There is a shuttle bus service from St. Mary's Airport to Hugh Town (5 minutes)
All flights were booked online.
Isles of Scilly Helicopters
Alternative airports to fly to are:
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Gallery No. 1 Hugh Town, St. Mary's
Gallery No. 2 Stormy seas
Gallery No. 3 Island Walk views 1
Gallery No. 4 Island Walk views 2
Gallery No. 5 Aerial Pictures taken from the helicopter
Gallery No. 6 Aerial Pictures taken from the helicopter
Gallery No. 7 Aerial Pictures taken from the helicopter
Gallery No. 8 Lands End and Penzance area from the air
Gallery No. 9 The aircraft