ZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4189 times:
My wife and me will have 3 weeks off by end of April / beginning of May. We won't make a huge journey, but I am looking for destinations for a shorter trip (a week to 10 days). Something quiet, and a bit away from the ordinary, so nothing like Mallorca / Ibiza etc.
I was thinking about Tuscany already, which is probably a safe bet. But now I stumbled over the Isles of Scilly, and I have to admit I have never heard of that - apparently very beautiful - piece of earth before. Now I have seen the website and checked some other references, but I wonder if anybody from this international forum actually was there before (or maybe even lives there?) and would share his / her impressions.
I don't know if it will really be an option for us, as my wife carries a Kazakh passport and would probably need a visa. But I have to admit I am fascinated by what I saw so far. From the pictures, it almost looks like a tropical island, but with a very unique atmosphere. So I'd love to hear some trip reports
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12042 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4140 times:
Quoting ZakHH (Thread starter): I don't know if it will really be an option for us, as my wife carries a Kazakh passport and would probably need a visa.
Contrary to popular myth, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are actually in the UK, and you do not need a passport to travel in and out of them - so as long as she can get into the UK (with or without visa) then you will be fine. I've not been there myself, it's a little pricey and until recently was astronomical to fly there, but most of the family have been many times and many friends still live on Tresco and Bryher, the smaller of the islands which sit alongside St Mary's where the main airport is, although there is a smaller heliport on Tresco.
The warming affect of the Gulfstream in the surrounding ocean keeps the climate unusually mild, but you do have to watch the low season and early spring time, as being stuck out twenty or so miles off the tip of Britain means they get hit by a lot of storms, during which you'd better have a book handy or enjoy sitting in pubs drinking local ale - because there isn't much to do 'indoors' on the islands. One of the local TV channels filmed a whole series of documentaries about the islanders and their lives which may be of interest to you if planning a trip. If nobody else has linked you to it then I will do so later, but atm I'm not sure exactly where to find the programs and have been up for too many dawns! (if you can get them online that is).
But do go - they are one of the most beautiful bits of the UK.
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Now, that's what I call coincidence. It was posted 1 day after I checked if there were any Scilly trip reports here. When I had the time to post this thread 4 days later, I felt it was safe to do so without checking again. Seems I was wrong...
Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 2): as long as she can get into the UK (with or without visa) then you will be fine
No problem for me, as I carry a German passport. But my wife carries a Kazakh passport. She has a German residence permit, but if www.ukvisas.gov.uk os correct, she will still need a visa.
Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 2): you do have to watch the low season and early spring time, as being stuck out twenty or so miles off the tip of Britain means they get hit by a lot of storms, during which you'd better have a book handy or enjoy sitting in pubs drinking local ale - because there isn't much to do 'indoors' on the islands
Yeah, I guess if we go, we will make that a short-term decision, with planning no more than a week in advance, when more or less precise weather forecasts would be available. Because as...