Our trip to the Scilly Isles (part one)

So if you've been following me over on my Instagram you'll know that we spent 7 glorious days in the Isles of Scilly. It honestly was one of the best trips we've ever had and Tom and I keep wondering how anything will top it!

We were invited to the Island of Tresco for our stay at the Sea Garden Cottages for five nights. Flying from Exeter on the Sky Bus on a tiny 13 seater plane was quite an experience. I'll be including it in our video of the week but if you want a sneak peek of the plane size and journey then I posted a snippet on my Facebook page! The flight generally only takes an hour from Exeter (15 mins from Cornwall!) but as we flew out in really strong winds it took about twenty minutes longer. We find that even living in the South West we rarely take a trip to Cornwall because the journey feels quite long so knowing you can fly over to these islands in an hour was amazing.

One thing I'd say about flying in such a small plane with kids is that I wished I thought to bring ear defenders. I just didn't think it would be so loud (although of course it totally makes sense when you think how small the aircraft is and close to the engine you are) and Wilf found the noise quite scary. Mabli on the other hand fell straight asleep!

 The plane lands at the Island of St Mary's and from there its a few minute jet boat journey to the Isle of Tresco. We were met at the harbour and driven up to our cottage on golf buggy, one of the things we LOVED about these islands is that there are no cars. The islands are so small people either cycle or golf buggy around the place. We ended up hiring bikes which Tom and Wilf found great fun, Mabli is still too little to sit in a child seat but on one occasion Tom wore her in the sling on his front and had Wilf on the back, obviously thats something we wouldn't do here on the roads but with no cars and such a slow pace on the island we felt it was OK. I took another bike (carrying no children) and still found myself pushing it up small hills, clearly it's been about a year since I'd used those muscles and they need some practise!

Can you believe those views are from somewhere in the UK? Amazing! 

Our cottage and the view from our secret garden

We checked into our beautiful cottage Pearl and set about doing the essentials, putting on a large pot of coffee (us) and testing the bounciness of the beds (Wilf). I love the little touches the cottages had to them, homemade shortbread laid out and all the essentials me might need for the evening and morning before we headed down to the Tresco Stores. We decided to spend our first evening at the local (and only) pub The New Inn and were treated to an amazing three course meal. The food was delicious and much 'fancier' than I expected from a pub dinner. My favourite part was my rhubarb Eton Mess pudding and my biggest regret was being too full to finish it.

We spent the next day sorting out our bikes and checking out the island a little more, it was set to be our sunniest day so we decided to make the most of it and visit the Abbey Gardens which were just incredible! Most of the plants and succulents tend to only grow in places like the Canary Islands so to find them so close to home was quite a surreal experience. We just kept stopping and looking at each other like 'this is amazing!'. We actually could have spent a whole day there I think, especially as Wilf had a little Valhalla trail activity pack with a compass and certain plants to spot, he was in his element.

I think Tom had to tell me more than once that I couldn't take a picture of every tropical plant I saw (there were so many!) I could have spent ALL day there for sure. As well as the gorgeous scenery there were red squirrels and golden pheasants running around, magic!

I'll be posting more about our stay visiting the islands of Tresco and Bryher over the next couple of weeks as there's no way I could fit it all in one post. I hope you like this taster of some of what it was like!

we were guests on Tresco island but all words and thoughts are my own

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