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Labyrinthos Tour Guide Services
Stone Labyrinths of the Scillies Tour
This enchanting archipelago of islands, 30 miles SW of Cornwall, off the tip of Land’s
End, has numerous stone labyrinths, standing stones, prehistoric burial chambers,
cairns and castles. The five inhabited (and numerous smaller) islands are connected
by inter-island ferry boats, and nowhere is far from the sea. Essentially vehicle-free,
each has its own personality and landscape, with rocky coastlines, sandy coves, stone-walled
fields and a remarkable maritime heritage. Our visit to the Scillies will focus on
visiting as many of the major islands as possible, to locate and record the ever
changing collection of stone labyrinths scattered around the islands. The oldest,
on St. Agnes, dates back to the early 1700’s, but others are rather more recent,
and undoubtedly we will build one to add to the collection while we are there!
The Scillies are also a haven for unusual wildlife, including a species of shrew
found nowhere else in the word. Visiting in May we may also be lucky enough to see
some of the unusual species of migrant birds that stop off on the islands at this
time of year. There are also puffins on some of the more remote islands and dolphins
are frequently seen from the ferry linking Penzance to the archipelago. The unusual
climate of the islands allows palm trees and other sub-tropical plants to grow in
sheltered spots, and we will certainly visit the celebrated Tresco Abbey Gardens
at some point during the week.
Our special tour will start and end in the Cornish fishing town of Penzance, reached
by railway from Paddington station in London (and various other options). We will
spend five nights based on the island of St. Mary’s, to maximise our opportunity
to visit the islands, find the labyrinths and take best advantage of the weather.
This will be a labyrinthine walking holiday with a difference, so plan to pack light
and prepare for adventure!
8 days/7 nights
Guide Cost: £ 1000 per person*
* Please note: Exact cost will be determined nearer the time.
As our tour groups are small and spaces are strictly limited, early booking is advised.
Cost includes two nights accommodation in Penzance, all ferries (to/from the Scillies
and inter-island), admission fees and B & B accommodation (based on double occupancy).
For further details, itinerary and preliminary reservations