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Isles Of Scilly Sea Kayaking - 5 Day Island Roaming Trip

  • Location Isles of Scilly
  • Price from £585.00
  • Camping
  • Canoeing & Kayaking
  • Mindful escape
  • Learn new skills
  • Microadventure


Next available dates:
15th May 2023 - 5 places left
22nd May 2023 - 6 places left
Wake to the sound of the birds before packing your tent up and paddling off for chance encounters with puffins, seals and razorbills.  Spend the day exploring the many islands within this amazing archipelago.  Meet new people, and re-live the day's adventures over a drink in the island pub, before perhaps walking up the hill to watch the sunset. Then it's back to the tent for a well earned sleep. ​

Have you ever wanted to go on a journey in a sea kayak?  Carrying everything you need with you, travelling with the wind and weather, and exploring what comes along?  Challenging yourself to live light?  Then join us.  Just enjoy being guided or make the most of our experienced instructors and gain tuition as you go. The cost includes your guiding fee, kayaking kit (boat, spray deck, paddle, buoyancy aid, cag, helmet and long john wetsuit) and camping fees. 

This trip is for intermediate paddlers depending on the weather some of the crossings can present more of a challenge, therefore this trip is not suitable for complete beginners (beginners welcome on our 3 day trips). ​ You must be able to do the following: 
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\- Paddle a sea kayak, Paddle 5 days in a row, for an average of 4-6 hours a day depending on the weather and the group 
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\- Carry your camping kit from the beach to the campsite which may be up to a 500m away 
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\- Travel light and be happy to sleep in a small tent \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\- Have had some experience of paddling in either lumpy seas, windy conditions or moderate waters at times 

The easiest way to find out if the trip is for you is to give us a call and chat it through with us. If you spend a lot of time on the water doing other sports then your confidence and sea awareness may be good enough. ​
This trip includes five days of sea kayaking.  The Isles of Scilly has many designated Sites of Scientific Interest and therefore does not allow wild camping.  However this gives us an opportunity to support local businesses and enjoy the advantage of a shower after a day on the water.  In May the campsites are quieter enabling us to choose our route based on the weather.  We will begin and finish on the island of St Martins with the option of camping at St Agnes or Bryher or both.  Below is an example itinerary:

Day One - You will arrive on St Mary's at about midday and catch the inter-island ferry to St Martin's where we will meet you on the quay.  After setting up camp we begin with an afternoon paddle to ease you back into it and get you used to the kit.  Then its back on land in time for a quick change and off to the pub to enjoy the view and some food for those that wish to join us.   

Day Two - We will pack our tents and fill our kayaks for a trip to Bryher where we will camp on night 2.  The exact routes each day will be weather dependent and will be decided on a day to day basis. Our aim will be to explore lots of the islands.  On route we have the possibility of exploring Round Island, Men-a-Vaur, St Helens, Tean, and Tresco.  

Day Three - There is much to explore from Bryher so we will aim to camp here for a second night enabling the opportunity of a kayak around the Northern rocks and Samson, or a paddle to explore St Agnes if the weather allows.

Day Four - We will pack up  before heading back to St Martins.  This may enable us to enjoy the Eastern Isles and the resident seals.

Day Five - We can paddle around the island of St Martins or head out to Men-a-Vaur if we have not already managed to get there.  We will end the week with dinner in the pub for those that wish to join us.  

Make sure you book your ferry home for 'Day six' or you will miss your last day of kayaking. The inter-island ferry leaves St Martins around 10.30 giving you lots of time to explore the historic Garrison of St Mary's, or enjoy the local food and drink, before catching the Scillonian back to Penzance. Obviously you can stay longer, you will just need to arrange this accommodation separately yourself. 

Above is an example of the trip we aim to provide, weather conditions will dictate our exact routes and may mean camping for more or less time on particular islands.

Please note that we also offer 3 and 4 day trips based from St Martin's that are more suitable for complete beginners and upwards.

When paying you have the choice to pay a £100 deposit or to pay in full.  There is a small booking fee.

Costs not included in the price are:  
Travel to and from the Isles of Scilly (£110)  
Water taxi St Mary’s to St Martin's and back about £12   
Camping equipment and food for the week 

More information on what to bring and how much room you have to carry it in will be provided on booking.

This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:

  • Charity fundraising
  • Corporates
  • Families

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No-frills Accommodation

Four nights of camping fees are included in the trip price.

    What's included

  • Equipment Kayak, helmet, cag, paddle, buoyancy aid, spray deck, long-john wetsuit.

    What you'll need

  • Food You will be providing your own food. There is a pub on each island that we will be staying on, plus small shops for stocking up along the way..
  • Drink Bring a reusable water bottle at least 750ml
  • Camping Equipment Light wait and basic. We will provide you with tips on what to bring and how to pack it so that it fits in your kayak.
  • Other We will provide you with a suggested kit list upon booking


Custom Policy

If cancelled within 6 weeks of the start date of the trip then the full trip fee will be charged . If cancelled more than 6 weeks from the start of your trip then we will refund your payment minus a deposit of £100.  We are unable to refund any booking fees that you may have paid to third parties.  Your deposit is non refundable.

All outdoor activities are weather dependant. We aim to provide a safe kayaking experience, if the weather is unsuitable, we will endeavour to provide suitable safe alternative locations. In booking you are accepting that the itinerary stated in the trip details is subject to change to best suit the weather conditions on the day. Whilst every attempt is made to ensure that the trip takes place as advertised, we reserve the right to cancel, if we perceive dangerous and/or unsuitable conditions.   Paddle Cornwall cannot pay compensation or accept liability for the return of fees or expenses in such cases.  If we need to cancel a trip we will endeavour to offer you an alternative.  Additionally if we believe that your fitness, sobriety or competence level may compromise the safety of the trip, we reserve the right to terminate your course/expedition without refund. In the event of force majeure whereby Paddle Cornwall is forced to cancel a day/days during a trip, but we cannot pay compensation or accept liability for the return of fees or expenses.

Sea kayaking is an adventurous sport and booking your trip is a sign of acceptance of the hazards involved in engaging in adventure activities and travel. It is your responsibility to ensure that your level of fitness and experience are suitable for your chosen trip and that you have the correct travel insurance.  If you have any questions please do contact us.


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