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JOIN A GUIDED Sea kayaking Expedition
Isles Of Scilly 2021
36 miles off the tip of Cornwall lies a stunning archipelago of islands. The isle of Scilly is a hidden gem, and any sea kayakers dream! The almost tropical group of islands has several large inhabited islands, hundreds of rugged outlying rocks, and a gorgeously calm central lagoon. When you set foot off the Scillonian, the calm, easygoing island way of life will instantly engulf you, and you'll be blown away by these enchanting and magical islands.
Isles of Scilly
The Scillies are just less than a three hours ferry ride from Penzance Harbour. The Scillonian departs daily first thing each morning, arriving around midday on St.Mary's, the largest of the islands.
The islands are exposed to the Atlantic and can host exciting sea conditions, but due to the outer islands creating a protective barrier there is always the shelter of the inner islands and skerries to explore.
Who's this trip for
12th - 21st September
5 full days of kayaking
If you have a group of friends or family who'd love this adventure, we have dates available for private groups, and can tailor trips for your needs. Please get in touch to discuss options.
Intermediate Sea kayaking
3-5 days previous kayaking experience and excited to try a variety of sea conditions.
Happy in and around water.
Fitness for at least 5 hours of daily activity.
Comfortable camping on a campsite with toilet and shower facilities.
If you would like to discuss any of the above requirements, please get in touch. We can offer 1:1 coaching if you'd like to try it out before joining a course.
Exploring the Scillies
The Scillies has endless opportunities for sea kayaking, and each day will vary depending on the weather and sea conditions.
The team will arrive on St. Marys around midday, from here we will pack our kayaks have a bite to eat and head out for an afternoon paddle, exploring some of the skerries and islands in the gorgeous lagoon. We'll gradually make our way across to St.Martins where we'll be creating our base camp for the trip. We'll cook up a feast and watch the sun slowly sink below the horizon.
The exploration opportunities are ours for the taking. We may circumnavigate the island of St. Martins with its rugged outer coastline, taking in the amazing bird reserves on the eastern isles and watch the seals backing in the afternoon sun.
A third day on the water will allow us to explore the western islands of Tresco, Bryher and Sampson. Connected at low tide by perfect white sandbars and at high tide stunningly clear channels to navigate. These islands can offer us both the excitement of the exposed west coast, or the tranquillity of the sheltered lagoons.
Our fourth day will see us enjoy a long journey, navigating the central lagoon towards the wild and rugged island of St. Agnes. Stopping for lunch on the secluded beaches before going on to explore the western rocks. Home to many species of sea bird and hunting seals. The sea will nearly always be alive with a rolling groundswell out here, before heading back towards our camp on St. Martins
Our fifth day of paddling will see us pack up camp and head out to circumnavigate the largest islands of St.Marys. Quaint farmhouses and flower farms can be seen on the hillside, and tranquil white sandy beaches are hidden on the east coast of the island for us to enjoy, before making our way back to the harbour in time for the late afternoon ferry back to Penzance.
The wildlife living in and around the islands thrive, thanks to the rich Atlantic waters. The outer islands and rocks are busy with birdlife all feeding and resting.
Seals are abundant and you'll be able to enjoy watching them basking in the September sun, or hunting for fish. Their natural curiosity makes you wonder who's watching who, they are always interested in our quiet sleek kayaks.
Our base camp on the isles of St. Martin is tucked behind sand dunes, creating a gorgeous sun trap. The campsite is situated just a 2-minute walk from the beach and is an ideal location to explore the Archepeligo. Wild camping is forbidden on the islands due to the large amounts of birdlife and reserves that protect them.
A base camp style trip offers us the best opportunity for exploration, however, don't forget you'll still need to fit everything in your kayak on the first day to get across to St.Martins.
Highly Recommended! We did a last-minute sea kayaking trip with Erin to Cornwall and it was fab. Just what we needed to improve our skills but also enjoy some stunning Cornish coastline. Hope we can join Evoke Adventure again, maybe in Norway...
Participants will meet the trip guide at midday when arriving off the Scillonian. Lunch will be provided and a short walk to the kayaks before getting straight out on the water.
On the last day, we'll be packing up camp and jumping on the late morning ferry back to St. Mary's Harbour. You'll have time to explore the the town, grab some lunch and catch the 4 pm Ferry back to Penzance.
What the Price Includes
Evoke's qualified kayaking guide.
Sea kayaking safety equipment.
All kayaking equipment.
Cooking equipment and fuel.
Expedition food and snacks.
5 nights at the campsite.
Price does not Include
Travel to St.Mary's.
Inter island ferry transfers.
Meal out on the last evening.
Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances.
A 25% deposit is required to secure your spot, with the remainder due 4 weeks before the expedition start date.
If you have any questions about the expedition or would like more information you can contact us