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Active Traveller - Isles of Scilly Wildlife Tour

Active Traveller - Isles of Scilly Wildlife Tour

Sat 6 Oct 2018: A 6 day escorted coach holiday to the Isles of Scilly, a specialist wildlife tour with door to door pick up with Johnsons Coaches

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New Birdwatching & Wildlife Breaks with Ashley Grove

Brand new for 2018, will be a collection of trips, which we know will suit many of our regular travellers. While changing nothing in terms of the quality of service, accommodation and food you have come to expect from Johnsons, we will be adding the expert skills of guide Ashley Grove, who will help you get so much more from the rich wildlife locations we will visit.

Warwickshire born Ashley has formed a career from a combination of his expert knowledge of Birds in particular and his warm approachable personality. He leads Birdwatching and Wildlife Photography tours not only in the UK, but further afield in Europe, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean.


All tours escorted throughout by Ashley 

Where facilities allow, these breaks will include an evening talk by Ashley, who is a recommended speaker by the RSPB and Royal Horticultural Society. Each of Ashley’s informative talks are illustrated with images from his stunning wildlife portfolio and punctuated with entertaining anecdotes of his experiences in the field.

We are excited to welcome Ashley to the team and be able to offer these trips to what we already offer and we look forward to developing this programme further in the coming years.


The Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly will be our location for October’s adventure, where we could encounter some rarer birds. We visit during the autumn migration and with the location of these islands being renowned as a hotspot for the arrival of birds from far eastern Europe or even America at this time, who knows what we might see.

The Scillies are the most isolated and possibly the most beautiful islands in Britain, located 30 miles off the South West mainland. They comprise 150 islands which together make up one of the world’s biggest archipelagos.


A visit to the Isles of Scilly at this time of the year always has an extra edge to it if you are a birdwatcher! Birds are on the move from their breeding grounds heading to over-winter in milder climates and due to its location, the Scilly’s can be a landing ground for birds from America to Siberia and anywhere in between. Weather conditions depict what might drop in, but there is always plenty to see with Black Redstart, Firecrest, Purple Sandpiper, Lapland Bunting, Hoopoe and Rose Coloured Starling being regular migrants. Should the weather deliver from the west, birds like American Robin and the Black & White Warbler are all possible. There is an active grapevine on the islands, with new birds being reported regularly as they are found and evenings have a log call of the day’s bird sightings, which is a fun social gathering of birding tales and adventures.


Your Holiday Includes


  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • 5 nights half board

  • Return flights

  • All coach/minibus transfers

  • Guided walking tour of St Mary’s

  • Boat trip to the Island of Tresco with guided tour of Abbey Gardens

  • Boat trip to St Martin’s or St Agnes

    A full-day trip to the island of St Martin’s with its beautiful beaches and scenery or St Agnes, which is only a mile wide. You then continue to the uninhabited outer isles to view colonies of wild seals and birdlife.


The days on which the excursions will operate is weather dependant and will be at the discretion of the hotel.


Not included:

All lunches



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Your Hotel


3* The Atlantic Hotel, St Mary’s

The hotel is located directly on the water’s edge overlooking the harbour. The hotel is an old inn, so bedrooms vary in shape and size. Delightful restaurant built over the water and Ocean Bar with sea views. 


Mobility Grade:  2 – Town and hotel: Fairly level location. Hotel has no lift and frequent steps and stairs. Excursions include walking tours and sea launch journeys. Coaches are not used on the island


Hotel Facilities:

  • Restaurant                

  • En Suite Bedrooms 

  • TV 

  • Hospitality Tray 

  • Hairdryer 

  • Lift


Duration, Departure Dates & Price


6 Day Tour

Sat 6 Oct – Thu 11 Oct 2018



Tour Departs: 7.00am

Tour Returns: 5.30pm

Time are approximate




Single Room: £85 

Sea View: £50

Holiday Insurance: £27 (IPT included)


Deposit: £250 per person for all air holidays


Flights & ATOL Protection


All tours inlcude flights from Land's End Airport to St Mary's on the ISle of Scilly. Flights are with Skybus who operate the scheduled 20 minute flying time with 19 & 8 seater aircraft.

This holiday is ATOL protected through the CI Travel Group, for whom Johnsons are acting as an Agent. This package holiday is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 1965).


What to Bring


On all Tours we will spend time outdoors regardless of the weather. Please bring sensible clothing and wear strong shoes or boots, as it can be wet and muddy. Our Active Traveller Holiday Itineraries often include walks which may be up to 1 – 1.5 miles long over uneven ground which may prove challenging for those customers with reduced and limited mobility.

What else could you bring? Binoculars are recommended and you may wish to bring a small bird guide book to help with identification or a compact digital camera but this is entirely up to you!



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