Visitors Get German Language Tour Of St Mary’s

Sabine Schraudolph

Sabine Schraudolph

A St Mary’s businesswoman has used her language skills to make sure a group of German visitors had the best experience of Scilly.

Sabine Schraudolph, who is originally from Bavaria, was asked by Island Rover operator Glynne Lucas to provide a commentary in German for 50 women from a farmers’ wives group in Hanover.

Sabine pointed out the islands’ highlights on the two bus tours.

The women were visiting on a daytrip on the Scillonian III as part of an arranged tour.

Sabine says the visitors were interested in everyday life here and she told them the story of the German ship SS Schiller, which sank off the islands with huge loss of life in 1875.

Sabine feels it is important to make an effort for tourists and that’s why she’s keen to help translate for German visitors. Giving a commentary in their native language means they can get much more from the experience, she says.

Sabine says the German tourism market is an important one for Scilly because they enjoy travelling, often come to Cornwall and have disposable income.

If they go away with a good impression then they’re likely to make a return trip, she says.