Isles of Scilly photography tour 2021

Photography with Nigel on these stunning Atlantic islands

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The details of our Isles of Scilly photography tour 2021 are:

Dates: 7-10 May 2021

Location: Isles of Scilly, off the southwestern tip of Cornwall, southwest England.

Price: £450 per person (excludes accommodation and transport to and from the Scillies).

Isles of Scilly photography tour with Nigel Hicks

Photography in the Isles of Scilly

An Isles of Scilly photography tour with Nigel Hicks. Three nights/four days of photography in the Isles of Scilly, a cluster of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, about 30 miles southwest of Land’s End, Cornwall’s westernmost tip. These islands are renowned for their immense beauty, stunning natural light (even in bad weather!), a beautiful garden, and diverse and marine wildlife.

During the tour we will be based on St Mary’s, the main island, but much of our time will be spent visiting some of the other islands, both inhabited and uninhabited.

Highlights will include:

  • The stunning Pentle Bay, a sandy beach along the eastern shore of Tresco, one of the Scillies’ inhabited islands;
  • The world-famous Abbey Garden, a beautiful and lush garden on Tresco;
  • The wild rocky shore of Hell Bay on the island of Bryher;
  • The rugged rocks and marine wildlife of the Western Rocks, the islands’ final western edge, fronting onto the open Atlantic.

We will also be photographing rugged coastal scenes on some of the other islands, namely St Agnes, Gugh, Samson and St Martins.

To see the full itinerary, click here…>

Accommodation in the Scillies
A Scillies photography tour with Nigel Hicks

This tour is being offered exclusive of accommodation, to enable those on the tour to choose the type of accommodation and level of comfort they would prefer for themselves.

We do ask you to choose accommodation in Hugh Town, the main town on St Mary’s, to ensure that everyone is close together and hence easy to organise.

We do not endorse any particular hotels or guesthouses, but to start your search you could try the following link:

Please remember that you will be responsible for paying for your accommodation, in addition to the tour fee.

Getting to and from the Scillies

Access to the Scillies is via either the ferry that runs daily (except Sundays) between Penzance (on the mainland) and St Mary’s, or via flights that connect St Mary’s with Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter.


The ferry crossing, aboard the Scillonian, takes about 2 hours 45 mins, departing from Penzance usually at 9.15am and arriving in St Mary’s at about midday. For the return trip, the Scillonian leaves St Mary’s at 4.30pm, reaching Penzance at about 7.15pm.


There are regular flights between St Mary’s and Land’s End Airport, taking about 15 minutes, plus less frequent trips between Newquay and Exeter.

Ferry or flight?

A Scillies photography tour with Nigel Hicks

Of course the flights are much faster than the ferry, but the luggage allowance is restricted, which may make problems for anyone bringing camera equipment. There are no such problems with the ferry, of course, but the crossing can be quite rough if unlucky with the weather.

Also be aware that flights are regularly cancelled due to fog or low cloud. If this happens, the airline will bus you to Penzance where you will be able to catch the ferry.

Remember that, if travelling by ferry it might be necessary to stay overnight in Penzance the night before travelling to the Scillies, and possibly also on your return.

Finding out more and booking

All the transportation can be booked through Isles of Scilly Travel:
Tel: 01736 334220  E-mail: [email protected]

Isles of Scilly photography tour with Nigel Hicks
How to book and pay

The full fee for the tour is £450 per person, excluding accommodation, meals and transportation to and from the Scillies.

To make a confirmed booking, please supply us with your name(s) and all contact details, and pay a non-returnable deposit of £50.

Payment is by BACS bank transfer or credit/debit card only.

Please remember that your booking is not confirmed until the deposit has been received by us.

The remainder of the fee is payable by 28 Feb 2021.

If you would like to pay in instalments this is fine: please talk to us about this to arrange the instalments and to set up a standing order with your bank.

What is included in the fee:
  • Nigel’s guiding and photography tuition skills throughout the tour;
  • Inter-island transportation by boat;
  • Entry to Abbey Garden, Tresco.
What is not included in the fee:
Isles of Scilly photography tour with Nigel Hicks
  • Travel between your home area and the Scillies;
  • Any accommodation whether on the Scillies or on the UK mainland;
  • All meals;
  • Insurance for yourself, your belongings or your camera equipment;
  • Any personal purchases, such as alcoholic drinks, snacks other refreshments, souvenirs, gifts, etc.

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