Getting to Scilly
It has to be said the rest of the world is a bit far from the Isles of Scilly….. but we’re confident it will be worth the trek getting here.
When to come
You need to be on Scilly on Friday afternoon for the registration and briefing. You will also need to stay Saturday night as we anticipate finishing the event after the last flight has left. There is a ferry back to the mainland on the Sunday but if the weather means we swap days for the event then you’ll be scuppered. Plus you’d miss the awesome party on the Sunday evening.
So three nights it is…… or longer….. why not add a few days and make a whole week of it?
How to get here
One good option which isn’t well known is the sleeper train from London to Penzance which links up with the ferry. https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/journey-information/on-board/night-riviera-sleeper
Whilst you should not expect any issues with travel, we highly recommend travel insurance! Being an island on the edge of the Atlantic, the weather can be very changeable and sometimes travel is affected.
Do hold off booking travel just for now however as we’re hoping to get a discount for swimmers and supporters confirmed soon.
Where to stay
However gorgeous the off-islands are (that’s the smaller ones excluding the main island of St. Mary’s) you’ll find it far more convenient to stay on St. Mary’s where our events are based. If you do want to stay on an off-island you may have to arrange a water-taxi to get you back after the acclimatisation swim and event day as we anticipate finishing after the last scheduled boats. This can be quite expensive.
Staying near to Hugh Town can be more convenient, but wherever you stay on St Mary’s you’re never more than about 2km from the event base.
When do I need to book?
SOON! Scilly gets booked up a long time in advance so it’s worth looking at as soon as you’ve got your place on the swim. Some people have been booking up even before we launched and finding it hard to get somewhere. Sometimes this is because providers haven’t put availability online yet - use the link below if you need help.
https://penzancehelicopters.co.uk - helicopters from Penzance
https://www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk - ferry and plane travel
https://www.visitislesofscilly.com - general information about the islands including accommodation search