Scan for grey seals among the rocks.

Wildlife Cruise & Lovely St. Martin’s

Discover what Scilly has to offer with a cruise to St. Martin’s. Stop at a vineyard and see some of the finest beaches in the world.

  • Discover Scilly with a cruise around the eastern isles.
  • Haven for wildlife
  • St. Martin’s, featuring the finest beaches in the world
  • Spectacular views
  • Difficulty level

    Level 4: Hard

  • Duration

    4h30

  • Max. passengers

    30

  • Booking Code

    E-IOS7

  • From

    $ 159

  • Notices

    Appropriate clothing and comfortable sturdy walking shoes

Discover Scilly with a cruise around the eastern isles, a group of 12 uninhabited islands forming part of the Scilly Heritage Coast. The rugged edges of these isles are a haven for wildlife. Keen eyes may spot gannets, cormorants, shearwaters, and the friendly Atlantic grey seal, among the rarest seals in the world. Starting in mid-April, puffins return to breed and the Isles of Scilly become one of the few sites in the UK where puffin-spotting is possible. Learn more about this popular seabird and discover why this fantastic natural habit is so important.

Your cruise ends on St. Martin’s, a quiet island with some of the finest beaches in the world, where crystal-clear waters caress powder-white sand.

St. Martin’s Vineyard is the UK’s south-westernmost vineyard, set on a former flower farm. Established as a vineyard in 1996, the first vines were white varieties (Reichensteiner and Madeleine Angevine). The first vintage in 2000 yielded just 120 bottles. Today, the vineyard produces five varieties: three white, one rosé and one red. It’s a fine example of a working vineyard in action. The current owners moved to the island in early 2020 to keep the vineyard traditionally managed. They have also increased focus on biodiversity and sustainability, including a move towards organic production. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the vineyard at your leisure. Of course, no visit would be complete without a tasting of some of the splendid wines.

Next, browse at your leisure in Higher Town, home to a charming gallery showcasing local artisans.

Practical information:

  • Included: Wine-tasting at the vineyard

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and comfortable sturdy walking shoes

  • Walking information: Strenuous Guests should be fit and able to walk at a decent pace for 2 miles on rough track with two steep inclines. There is no option to wait and be picked up later. Due to tides, the boat may have to leave from the other end of the island and at a set time. Comfortable sturdy footwear is recommended. There are approximately 3 miles of walking on this excursion.

  • Language: English.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.