Switch Off: Escape to a sub-tropical island

Switch Off: Escape to a sub-tropical island


Switch Off: Escape to a sub-tropical island

Located 30 miles from Cornwall's Land's End and reachable by ferry or plane, The Isles of Scilly are England's answer to the Caribbean.

This archipelago flourishes with succulents and palm trees and the beaches are dreamy with their aquamarine waters and soft white sands. On a short break here, you can also spot all kinds of wildlife including seals, dolphins and even turtles, if luck is on your side.

Isle of Scilly

More things to do on your Microgap

Embark on a Sea Safari


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The Scilly seas are full of wonderful wildlife, so hop on a RIB to spot puffins, gannets, and podgy Atlantic Grey seals. You may even glimpse a pod of dolphins too.

Island Sea Safaris, St Mary's

Walk between islands


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When the tide is low, pop on your wellies and walk the channel between the islands of Tresco and Bryher – there are plenty of birds, fish and rock pools to see along the way.

Tresco and Bryher islands

Uncover exotic gardens


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Marvel at thousands of exotic plants in the 19th-century Tresco Abbey Garden, before satisfying hungry pangs at the laid-back Ruin Beach Café. Their wood-fired pizzas go down a treat, as do the views.

Tresco Abbey Garden, Tresco

Spend the night in the great outdoors

Set up camp on one of four sites across the Scilly Islands. Bryher has traditional pitches or fully equipped Bell Tents, while the popular campsite on St Martin’s is just steps from a golden beach. Stargazing is must here.

Isle of Scilly
10 Feb 2020(last updated)