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The pretty little UK islands only 28 miles from the mainland dubbed ‘mini Maldives’ | Travel News | Travel

A collection of islands just 28 miles from mainland has been dubbed the UK’s answer to the Maldives thanks to its stunning scenery. The Isles of Scilly is made up of three islands – St. Mary’s, Tresco, St. Martin’s, Bryher, and St. Agnes.

Described as a “mini-Maldives nestled off the Cornish coast” by Aspects Holidays, it makes an ideal location for Brits looking for a short getaway to enjoy some beautiful views.

With crystal clear waters, stunning beaches and an extensive coastline, it’s not hard to see why these islands are a popular spot for those who love the outdoors.

Thanks to its close proximity to mainland, Brits can take the Skybus from Land’s End airport in Cornwall to the islands which takes just 20 minutes. For those travelling from Newquay, it takes 30 minutes and from Exeter it’s just 60 minutes.

For those who aren’t a fan of flying or want to opt for a more scenic route, the Scillonian III ferry from Penzance Harbour to St. Mary’s harbour takes around two hours and 45 minutes.

St. Mary’s Island is the largest of the Isles of Scilly and offers a range of accommodation options. There is also a castle and ancient burial ground for tourists to explore.

One reviewer said: “Hidden away is this beautiful history of the island. It’s a good walk but well worth a visit , there are plenty of signs to all the sites and plenty of lovely locals who will point you in the right direction.”

Another wrote: “The views across to the off islands are stunning. Halangy Ancient Village is a wonderful place to rest and chill out listening to the chug of the passenger launches motoring around the islands and the ever present bird song.”

Tresco Island is famous for its stunning gardens, which are home to a range of exotic plants and flowers from around the world. The gardens are open to visitors all year round and are a must-see attraction.

Meanwhile, St. Martin’s Island is known for its stunning beaches, which are some of the best in the UK. The island is home to a range of wildlife, including seals and seabirds, making it a great destination for nature lovers.

For those hoping to visit the islands, the airport is open all year round while the ferry is open between March and November.

And for those wanting to bring along their pets, the plane is dog-friendly, with most beaches on St. Mary’s open to dogs all year round.

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