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Paradise in the British Isles?

Depends on your perception of paradise I guess but I think we found the spot a couple of years ago and Iíve only just got around to processing the images from our trip.

We generally had the weather which plays a big part. Hopefully these images (sorry about the number!) from the Scilly Isles give you feel for the beautiful archipelago.

Hugh Town, St Mary's


Crossing from St Mary's to St Martin's with a view of Tresco's east coast




Little Bay St Martin's




Bishop Rock Light House


Seals sunbathing


Sea view framed from King Charles's castle ruin


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Tresco's Pentle Bay




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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

Very nice. I'm constantly amazed at the wide variety of beautiful places you can find in the British Isles. Coming back North from RSPB Leighton Moss up the M6 had my wife gob-smacked at the beauty of the landscape, we live some 60 miles away from this and she'd never seen it. Sadly the cameras were in the boot and there's no place to stop on a Motorway.
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

Thanks for posting, Huw, I have wanted to visit the Scilly Isles for a long time. Sadly, that prospect is becoming ever more remote, but viewing this wonderful set is the next best thing.
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

Brings back some great memories of holidays past. Went there as friends with the woman I now call my wife. So a special place for me. ☺ The beauty of the place is outstanding and your photos have captured that wonderfully.
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

Looks wonderful Huw, almost tropical

Great stuff - wish I was there
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

A nice, varied set Huw.

John, they're nice to visit when they're not being over run by twitchers chasing rare birds.
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

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Very nice. I'm constantly amazed at the wide variety of beautiful places you can find in the British Isles. Coming back North from RSPB Leighton Moss up the M6 had my wife gob-smacked at the beauty of the landscape, we live some 60 miles away from this and she'd never seen it. Sadly the cameras were in the boot and there's no place to stop on a Motorway.
Thanks for the comments byegad, I couldn't agree more about the variety within the British Isles, we (my wife and I) frequently have a conversation that runs along this theme.

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Thanks for posting, Huw, I have wanted to visit the Scilly Isles for a long time. Sadly, that prospect is becoming ever more remote, but viewing this wonderful set is the next best thing.
Thanks for your kind comments John sorry to hear that you don't think a visit to the islands will be possible. You have a PM

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Brings back some great memories of holidays past. Went there as friends with the woman I now call my wife. So a special place for me. ☺ The beauty of the place is outstanding and your photos have captured that wonderfully.
Thanks Paul
You are so right, we had heard friends and family speak of the Scilly Isles in glowing terms but it wasn't until we we actually arrived there that we really got it.
It's such a very beautiful place, hard to think that it's just 20 miles off the Cornish coast, it feels much more remote and 'special'.
The weather makes a difference of course and we had sunny days for almost all of the week that we were there is 2012, apart from the boat trip out the Bishop rock and St Agnes.

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Looks wonderful Huw, almost tropical

Great stuff - wish I was there
Thanks Greg, tropical, yes you are right it feels that way. A special place.

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A nice, varied set Huw.

John, they're nice to visit when they're not being over run by twitchers chasing rare birds.
Thanks David, one of the things we noticed was laid back feel of the place and the fact that it was not overrun with visitors (we were there in August).
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

Here's a few more images..

Another view of the harbour at St Mary's


My wife stops and studies the route as we walk around the St Mary's coastline (10 miles plus).
In the background a French visitor is moored off the north eastern tip of the island.


A view from St Martin's


Youngsters look on as a British International S61 takes off from Tresco Heliport


Some of the following from Tresco's Abbey gardens




A Golden Pheasant. Tresco's Abbey gardens


Lastly a view south from the ruin of Kings Charles's Castle Tresco, in the foreground to the right is Cromwell's tower and the island of Bryher the background.
On the horizon to the left is the Garrison end of St Mary's and in the middle of the horizon is the island of St Agnes and Gugh.
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

Some years birders seem to outnumber locals in early October Huw. The islands are known for the variety of birds arriving on autumn migration including lost North American species.
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

How, what a most delightful set you should be on commission or published by the Isles of Scilly

I had just got the end (of the first set) when Nick and I sighed ... and lucky as I scrolled on down, we were blessed with even more the Scilly Isles has been on my UK Tour for ages ... and I do most sincerely hope we get there this coming year in 2015

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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

I may have to go, great photos thanks for posting.
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

a fabulous set of images Huw, almost makes me want to brave the Helicopter flight

(unnatural things they are, they can fly backwards - I nearly lost my lunch the only time I went up in one! )
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

You may be spared! I'm sure that I read that they have discontinued the Helicopter service blaming cuts.
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

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How, what a most delightful set you should be on commission or published by the Isles of Scilly

I had just got the end (of the first set) when Nick and I sighed ... and lucky as I scrolled on down, we were blessed with even more the Scilly Isles has been on my UK Tour for ages ... and I do most sincerely hope we get there this coming year in 2015

Huge Thanks for sharing your most beautiful images of Scilly Isles
Hi Chevvy, I'm really glad you and Nick enjoyed these, thanks for the kind comments. I will be looking out for your images when you go

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(unnatural things they are, they can fly backwards - I nearly lost my lunch the only time I went up in one! )
Thanks for comments Brian, glad you like them
As Magnus mentions sadly British International no longer run the service. It was stopped when they ran into escalating legal costs between two warring supermarket chains over the Heliport site at Penzance, a real shame.
The only route now is by Skybus from various local airfields or the Scillonian III ferry.
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Re: Paradise in the British Isles?

A great set of images Huw.
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