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How to Spend a Long Weekend in the Scilly Isles

You don’t expect to call to mind Jurassic Park on a break in the UK. But, during a short rest-stop on a bike ride around St Mary’s, the largest of the Isles of Scilly, that’s exactly what pops into my head.

Maybe it’s the sense of isolation; perhaps it’s the rugged terrain. I think what sets it off is the pink wildflowers that dot the landscape around me. Whatever it is, I half expect to see tiny squawking dinosaurs running across the road as a bright yellow 4×4 drives slowly past, a dorky kid with binoculars peering out the window.

The point, if there is one, is that Scilly is not a place that feels like Britain, despite the archipelago sitting just 30 miles off the tip of Cornwall. This curious collection of islands, with its brilliant blue waters, white sands and occasional nesting seals, is more akin to something out of a movie; something surreal. Read more…

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