FLORA AND FAUNA IN THE SCILLIES
5 night / 6 day Escorted Group Tour
Due to their unique geographical position just off the coast of Cornwall, there is an abundance of flora and fauna just waiting to be discovered – often not seen anywhere else on the UK mainland. There are approximately 453 species of seabirds, waders and migrants which can be spotted throughout the year, including the oystercatcher, night heron, manx shearwater and the redstart. Spring is a particularly good time to see birds in song displaying their brightly coloured breeding plumage, and April also sees the arrival of breeding puffins. Coastlines become awash with alliums, wild primroses and sea thrift, and the elm trees, which escaped the Dutch elm disease which blighted much of the mainland, begin to flower. The islands are also home to rare plants such as the orange birdsfoot and dwarf pansy. In Autumn you can expect to see large numbers of migrating birds such as redstarts, flycatchers, waders and thrushes. The Isles of Scilly are incredibly important and essential to life for these passing birds.
During this tour, stay on and explore St Mary’s, visit the islands of Tresco, Bryher and St Martin’s, and take a boat trip to the uninhabited Eastern Isles to catch sightings of the Atlantic grey seals. The tour is escorted by Will Wagstaff, the islands’ resident ornithologist and naturalist, who has been leading tours for over 25 years.
- Visit Tresco and the stunning Abbey Gardens
- Full day excursion to the island of Bryher
- Afternoon visit to St Martin’s to see some of the finest beaches in the world
- Eastern Isles boat trip to look for the colonies of grey seals
- Sea Bird Special boat excursion to see the sea bird colonies
- Expertise of special guest Will Wagstaff throughout
- 05 April 2019
- 17 May 2019
- 25 May 2019
- 20 September 2019
- 27 September 2019
- Return ferry on board the Scillonian III from Penzance
- 5 nights’ accommodation at the St Mary’s Hall Hotel
- Daily breakfast and evening meal
- All excursions and entrance fees
- All overseas transport
- Service of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager
Prices Per Person – from £1,399
Single supplement – from £180
Flight supplements available from Exeter, Newquay or Land’s End
CHANNEL ISLANDS EXPLORER
9 nights / 10 day Escorted Group Tour
The Channel Islands are an archipelago in the English Channel, with Alderney being just 10 miles from the coast of France. This tour is like no other, taking in five of the permanently inhabited islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Alderney. Each island is distinct in its own right, steeped in a rich history and offering a warm welcome.
Jersey still remains delightfully French, retaining that ‘Je ne sais quoi’ which has attracted visitors for years, offering boutique shopping, fine dining and cocktail bars without losings its traditional appeal. Guernsey too is a real fusion of French and English styles. It is no surprise that this island has inspired the likes of Victor Hugo who completed Les Miserables whilst in exile here, and painter Renoir who was mesmerized by the “shimmering” light of Moulin Huet Bay.
Sark is world renowned for its step back in time feel that cannot be found anywhere else. There are no cars; getting about is on foot, by bicycle, or by horse drawn carriage. This delightful island was one of the first to be awarded a “Dark Sky Island” in 2011 as the minimal light pollution affords visitors a fantastic spectacle of stars, meteors and the Milky Way on cloud free nights.
Herm is a tiny island straight from the imagination of Enid Blyton. At just 1.5 miles long, you can walk the whole perimeter and between May and July, nesting puffins can often be seen. The beaches are idyllic and Herm is home to the famous white Shell Beach. Alderney is a quirky island full of contrast. On the north and east coasts, there are beautiful sandy beaches and grassy dunes whilst St Anne’s is a picturesque town with cobbled streets and eclectic shops. Here you may also see the rare blond hedgehog scavenging for food.
This definitive tour will guide you through the heritage of each of the islands, discovering their identities and nuances. Remnants of their history are everywhere; from the German Occupation of World War Two to the Norman ownership in the late medieval period. May is a fantastic time to visit, with an abundance of flora and fauna. Gastronomers and wine connoisseurs amongst us will be spoilt for choice
- Visit with private talk at Durrell Conservation Park, Jersey
- Wine tasting and tour at Le Mare Wine Estate, Jersey
- Visit to the observatory in Sark for star gazing
- Walking tour of Herm
- Optional day excursion by air to Alderney
- 16 May 2019
- Return ferry with Condor from Poole
- 3 nights’ accommodation at the Pomme d’Or Hotel, Jersey
- 4 nights’ accommodation at the Duke of Richmond, Guernsey
- 2 nights’ accommodation at the Stocks Hotel, Sark
- Daily breakfast, two lunches and seven evening meals
- All excursions and transportation
Prices Per Person – from £1,999
Single supplement – from £679
Optional excursion (limited places) to Alderney – £199