Explore the rugged landscapes and unspoilt natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly, with their fascinating native wildlife and beautiful bays

Life moves at an easier pace on the peaceful Isles of Scilly, where visitors instantly fall in love with its striking scenery. On this six-day trip you'll discover why so many people consider the Isles of Scilly to be the UK's prettiest archipelago.

On your holiday you'll enjoy excursions to several of the islands' best beauty spots and visits to some of the Isles' best attractions. These include the fascinating Tresco Abbey Garden, described as "Kew without the glass", which is home to over 20,000 plants from more than 80 countries.

Two expert speakers will join you for dinner talks to give you an insight into the gardens and the Isles of Scilly's amazing native wildlife. The Curator of Tresco Abbey Gardens, Mike Nelhams, will prepare you for your visit with a talk on its array of colourful plants, and Julian Branscombe will explain the work of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, which he heads.

You'll be based at the stylish and luxurious Karma Hotel on the isle of St Martin's, which will serve as your base for the trip. Here you will enjoy delicious cuisine made with local, seasonal ingredients, as well as truly stunning views across the bay.

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Price includes

  • Five nights' luxury accommodation at the four-star Karma St Martin's
  • Guided visit to Tresco Abbey Gardens
  • Guided walks St Agnes, St Mary's and Bryher
  • Talk by Garden Curator of Tresco Abbey Gardens, Mike Nelhams
  • Talk by Julian Branscombe, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust
  • Wildlife cruise
  • Five breakfasts
  • Lunch on St Mary's at Juliet's Garden
  • Lunch on Tresco at The New Inn
  • Packed lunch for trip to St Agnes
  • Lunch on Bryher at the Hell Bay Hotel
  • Two dinners at the hotel
  • Full services of a tour manager throughout the tour
  • Return ferry from Penzance to St Martin's via St Mary's
  • Private boat transfers within the islands
  • All entrance fees


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  1. Day
    St Martin’s and St Mary’s
    St Martin's, Scilly Isles, United Kingdom

    You'll arrive in Penzance, Cornwall, in the morning and take the ferry to St Mary's, the largest of the Isles of Scilly. From here you will take a boat onwards to St Martin's and check in at Karma Hotel, your base for the next five nights. After checking in the rest of the day is free for you to explore the island independently.

  2. Day
    Bryher, United Kingdom

    After breakfast in the hotel restaurant you'll make your way to the jetty to embark on a guided visit of Bryher, one of the Scillies' wilder islands. The name Bryher means "place of hills" in Cornish and on this excursion you'll take in the island's beautiful contrasting landscapes, with crashing Atlantic waves and granite stacks on one side, and calm glassy blue bays on the other. Lunch will be served at the Hell Bay Hotel on the island's rugged west coast.

    You'll return to St Martin's by boat where you'll be joined for dinner at the hotel by the Curator of Tresco Abbey Garden, who'll give a talk to tell you everything you need to know in advance of tomorrow's visit.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    Tresco Abbey Gardens
    Tresco, United Kingdom

    After breakfast you'll make your way to the jetty and take the boat to Tresco. Today you will visit the world renowned Tresco Abbey Garden, home to a collection of some 20,000 plants from 80 countries around the world. Lunch has been arranged at The New Inn, a welcoming Tresco pub with award-winning food. You'll then return to St Martin's by boat. Dinner tonight will be at leisure.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day
    St Agnes
    St Agnes (Scilly Isles), United Kingdom

    Today you'll travel to St Agnes after breakfast at the hotel. On arrival at St Agnes you'll take a guided walk around the island's coastline, visiting Troy Town Maze, St Warna's Well, Obadlah's Barrow and the Old Man of Gugh. Following a packed lunch you'll take a Marine Wildlife cruise where you can expect to see puffins, guillemots and seals, and possibly even dolphins, porpoises and sun fish. Following the cruise you'll return by boat to St Martin's.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day
    St Mary’s
    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

    Today you'll head to St Mary's where you'll discover the island's ruggedly beautiful shoreline. You will be accompanied by Julian Branscombe, the Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. Lunch has been arranged at Juliet's Garden, after which you'll return by boat to St Martin's.

    Dinner tonight has been arranged at the hotel and you will be joined by Julian Branscombe, who will give a talk on the work of the IOS Wildlife Trust, which manages and preserves the natural environment of the Isles of Scilly.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    Return home
    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

    Today you will depart the hotel and take the boat to St Mary's. Enjoy some free time on St Mary's before taking the Scillonian ferry back to Penzance.

    Meals - Breakfast

Karma St Martin's


It's incredible to walk the perimeter of the island by foot, stopping for a picnic at Perpitch Beach, and take in the breathtaking views from the Daymark.

Karma is on the seafront in St. Martin's, a half-hour walk from the shops and cafes in the centre, and an ideal base for exploring the other islands.
By sea: The Scillonian Ferry leaves from Penzance, From March to November, and takes 2 hours 45 mins. Scillonian Ferry
By air: Take the Sky Bus from Exeter (1 hour), Newquay or Lands End (20-30 mins) to St Mary's. Skybus

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Style & Character

It's the ideal retreat for anyone looking for a little piece of paradise without travelling the air miles. The mesmerising views showcase the island's vibrant colour palette from every angle - and completely steal the show!

Service & Facilities

The Scilly-salt detox ritual offers a completely authentic treatment, using SC salt, handmade from sea and sun on Par beach, St Martin's. Karma is also an award-winning pet-friendly VI-Pet Hotel, offering a selection of rooms, welcoming your canine pals, providing beds, blankets, bowls and treats.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Wine lounge
  • Library
  • Family-friendly
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi


We love the pared-back elegance and simplicity of style, allowing the sublime island vistas to remain prime focus. It's worth upgrading to the light-filled honeymoon suite with its 360-degree island views, and perfectly positioned balcony.

Deluxe, Ocean View, Superior Ocean View, Riviera Suite, Honeymoon Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, luxury bathrobes and toiletries, freshly ground Cornish coffee, LCD TV, mini-bar, safe

Food & Drink

We love that the island's heritage of foraging and gathering is evident, with vegetables sourced from the gardens, blooms from the flower farm and Becky's Scilly cakes for afternoon tea. Choose the sea-to-fork Megrim sole with seared scallops for a crowd-pleasing dish, and we'd return for the St.Martin's fish and chips in a heartbeat.

Cloudesley Shovell Restaurant: 2 AA Rosettes, locally sourced produce, seafood, fine dining. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £21.95.

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