Scilly Could Benefit From Weekend Reviews

boats in harbour 3Scilly could benefit from some positive publicity generated by travel articles published over the weekend.

The Sunday Express has featured the islands in their ‘Culture Hotspots to Enjoy This Spring’ report.

They suggest a trip in April for the Walk Scilly event, taking place between the 9th and the 15th.

The newspaper says that the islands benefit from “a sub-tropical climate” and writer Katie Rowe recommends that readers, “explore sandy beaches, turquoise waters and lush tropical foliage on a range of guided walks that cover everything from wildlife spotting to food foraging.”

Stratford-upon-Avon, Cornwall and North Yorkshire also make the list.

The authors of Travel Blog website ‘Hand Luggage Only’ have also recommended a trip to Scilly amongst their twenty essential places to include on a British road trip.

The writers visited Tresco last year and have rated Scilly highly, along with Rye, Brighton, London, Bath and Stonehenge, although they accept that you can’t actually drive over, so visiting the islands isn’t really a ‘road trip!’

Writers Yaya and Lloyd recommend that their readers should, “spend a day or two exploring one of the most unique set of islands in the UK.”

“Bathed in its own micro-climate, the Scilly Isles are a true little paradise!” they add.

8 Responses to Scilly Could Benefit From Weekend Reviews

  1. trescofan April 2, 2016 at 9:44 am

    The latest information we received from IOSSC is that from March 14th 2016 they will NO LONGER be giving refunds for transfer from plane to boat. Refunds will only be if the passenger cancels and does not travel.
    We had two trips over last year and in each case we were transferred from plane to boat for one leg and had to suffer the very poor waiting and luggage handing at Penzance – in the rain of course.
    Hopefully this month’s trip will be better and we won’t have to pay out for additional accommodation.
    Also check your insurance as some don’t pay up for weather delay if the carrier offers alternative transport to your destination.

  2. John Allsop April 1, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Apparently there is a “refund” if passengers are transfered from the plane to the boat. But it seems to be kept secret instead of being open and automatic. When this transfer happenecd to three of us we never knew about the”refund”, so we didn,t apply for it. The immpression that the IOSSC gave to “Agrieved” can only do harm to these islands, how many people must he have told. Are they giving possible visitors a good reason to go elsewhere.

    • Josafine fagan April 2, 2016 at 6:58 am

      Sorry far as I believe thay no longer do this refund it’s a money grabbing scheme from now on perhaps ioss com can let us know but don’t hold your breath they are grabbing ever penny they can out of all of us at the moment

    • Adam Morton, St.Martins April 2, 2016 at 8:13 am

      I seem to recall it being announced on ST by the SSco ,that refunding the difference between boat and plane fares was scrapped as it was “confusing to passengers”! The usual stunt was to point out that the thick fog “might cause delays on flights” and should you choose to transfer to the boat , its your choice so non refundable. Then if you choose to sit it out at the airport you have the choice of traveling next day on the ship and collecting your difference refund or you cancelling your flight which is then non refundable. Basicly , is it worth being sat in the airport & paying for overnight accommodation or special boat fares to claim back your twenty quid difference or just say sod it and get on the ship in the first place, having paid for a flight? It all seems reasonable when explained but you leave with that nagging feeling you’ve bin done.

  3. Aggrieved March 31, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Well I certainly hope other visitors get a better experience than we did.

    We turned up on Monday to go by boat from Penzance to Scilly to find out is was cancelled so we decided to upgrade to Skybus. Which was then another £40 per person, which I can understand, however, we were then forced to pay £6 each for Isles of Scilly Steamship Company to take us to Lands End! What a rip off.

    Last year our flight was cancelled due to bad weather and we went on the boat but we weren’t refunded the difference.

    I feel sorry for you Island people who have no alternative than to travel with this company.

    • Pete April 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Now you know one of the ways how the IOSSC made 178% profit last financial year.

  4. Debbie J Howard March 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Visited IOS last year for the fist time – will be back this year

  5. John Allsop March 24, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Lets hope this leads to more people coming for more than a day or two. It takes a little more than a day to get the feeling that Scilly bestowes on all of us. It leads to visits that last a life time.