2021 dates to be confirmed – please email for more details
Price: £1,750pp

your scilly swimming adventure

After a fantastic inaugural trip to the Isles of Scilly last year, we are delighted to be returning  to this enchanting archipelago for 2020. Your SwimQuest guides will be working alongside the experts at Adventure Scilly to show you the very best swimming the Isles of Scilly have to offer. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a truly wonderful and rewarding place to swim, with many possibilities across the five inhabited islands and many hundreds of other isles and rocky outcrops. You will swim along the coast and from island to island, accompanied and encouraged all the way.

SwimQuest Scilly Islands

about the isles of scilly

The Isles of Scilly lie just off the coast of Cornwall in southwest England. The islands are covered in heathland, and fringed by bright white sandy beaches. You will be staying on the island of Tresco, one of the five inhabited islands. Tresco Abbey Garden is home to subtropical plants and also the Valhalla Museum, displaying shipwrecked figureheads. The tower of 17th-century Cromwell’s Castle stands at the north of Tresco.


SwimQuest Scilly Swimming Holiday 5During the week, we will complete two swims a day. Swims will be a mixture of island-to-island crossings and coastal swims. You should be comfortable swimming in open water, and should be prepared for the cold water temperatures. It is fine to swim with or without a wetsuit, however if you are swimming without - please ensure you have acclimatised beforehand.  Ideally you should have some open water experience and be able to swim at least one kilometre in the sea. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to contact the office for a chat. This trip is ideal for anyone looking for a magical week away, with a combination of swimming, wonderful food and time to relax amongst likeminded swimmers. Throughout the week, you are more than welcome to swim both or just complete one swim a day – it is your holiday.


  • Places available from £1,750pp
  • This trip is ideal for anyone looking for a swim vacation with a combination of swimming, wonderful food and time to relax.
  • This trip runs from Saturday – Friday
  • Non-swimmers are welcome to join the trip and can be on the boat if they wish. A 10% discount is offered to non-swimmers.
  • Max group size 12
  • Water temperature is between 13-15oC
  • Everything is included except evening meals, and lunch on one of the days when we will take you to a local cafe.


  • Six night’s accommodation in beautiful Abalone house or Lobster house, based in a twin share room. Private room supplements are available for £450. Please see accommodation tab for more details
  • Lunches (except lunch on one day when we will take you to a local cafe)
  • All transport to and from swim starts
  • A fully guided swimming itinerary, based on two swims a day
  • Qualified SwimQuest guide/s
  • Safety boats as required
  • Optional stroke video analysis and one-to-one swim coaching sessions
  • A 10L SwimQuest dry bag and a SwimQuest swim cap
  • VAT
The only costs that are not covered are your travel to and from Tresco, any alcohol purchases, evening meals, lunch on one day, wetsuit hire (please bring your own wetsuit if you would like to swim in one), a private room supplement should you wish to take a room of your own, and any additional items or activities you wish to participate in outside of the tour schedule.


We are extremely lucky to be staying in the beautiful Abalone & Lobster Sea Garden Cottages. These spacious cottages have oak flooring, original artwork and antique features throughout. The cottages also have under-floor heating, excellent sea views, patio areas with BBQ, wi-fi broadband and Digital TV. The Ruin Beach Café is close-by, and guests can also enjoy the exclusive use of the tennis court, indoor swimming pool and gym.
Rooms are based on a twin / double use basis. If you are a sole traveller, we can either pair you up with a guest of the same sex in a twin share room (no additional charge) or, should you wish to stay in a room of your own, a supplement of £450 will apply to your booking.


N.B. Please note, this is a rough guide to the week. We will adapt the week carefully for each individual and the prevailing weather and tides. All swim activities are planned with safety as the paramount concern. Swim distances are adaptable and we can deal with a mixture of abilities on this tour.


SwimQuest Scilly Swimming Holiday 4A SwimQuest representative will meet you on Tresco and take you to your Sea Garden Cottage. After the safety-briefing, we will go for a short acclimatisation swim in the local bay at Old Grimsby. You can settle into your room, and meet your fellow guests and guides for an evening meal and your safety briefing.


Scilly SwimQuestWe will start the day with an inter-island crossing from Cromwell’s Castle on Tresco, passing Hangman Island and finishing at Annaquay.  This is a short swim of just over 1km, but a good start to the week.  You can then swim back to the beach at New Grimsby on Tresco or hop on the support boats. In the afternoon, we will swim 1.5km, from Rushy Bay to the sandy bar on the east end of Samson. The beaches are sandy and beautiful - stretch out and enjoy this stunning water.


SwimQuest Scilly Swimming Holiday 1Starting from just outside our cottages, this  morning we will complete a 2km swim to Tean. We will be swimming on an outgoing tide and will start the swim from Northward on Tresco near the slipway and make our way in between St Helen’s Island and Foremans Island finishing near Old Man Bay, with the option to extend to Coldge point if morale is soaring! In the afternoon, we will swim from Tean to St Martins - a beautiful swim with lots of outcrop islands to the south.


SwimQuest Scilly Swimming Holiday 5This morning we will start at Higher Town on St Martin’s and finish at Bar Point on St Mary's. This is a fantastic 3km inter island swim.  After lunch, we will head to the Eastern Isles - impressive uninhabited islands. We will make our way to the south west of Great Ganilly Island and swim in the bay which is often populated with seals.


SwimQuest Scilly Swimming Holiday 2This morning we will complete a 4.5km swim from Samson to St Agnes. Our plan is to start from Southward Well Point on Samson, and swim to the Quay on St Agnes near The Turks Head pub. This means we swim between the neighbouring island of Gugh – a long swim with some stunning views along the way. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon at leisure back on Tresco and a chance to relax at the cottages or visit the amazing Tresco Abbey Gardens. Established in the nineteenth century by Augustus Smith the seventeen acres of garden are full of flowers, succulents and shrubs that thrive in such a temperate climate.  The garden includes The Valhalla Museum containing some 30 figureheads and name-boards and other decorative carvings from the days of sail.


SwimQuest Scilly Swimming Holiday 6This morning we complete a fabulous 2.5 – 3km swim, starting by the east coast of Gugh and making our way to Woolpack Point and then on into Porthcressa Bay where we will finish the swim on the beach. After lunch on St Mary’s, we will complete a 1.5km swim in the bay at Porth Cressa, with the stunning coastline of St Mary’s to our left.


Tresco_Island-Staying-Abalone-View-1A short pre-breakfast swim in the local bay and then after breakfast it is time to prepare for the onward journey home.    


This trip officially begins on Saturday afternoon at 2pm. The trip finishes on Friday morning at 10am, usually after a leisurely dip and breakfast.


Skybus flies to the St Mary's all year round from Land’s End and Newquay, and from Exeter between March and November. Your Skybus flight takes just 15 minutes from Land’s End to St. Mary’s, 30 minutes from Newquay Airport, and from Exeter it’s an hour. You’ll travel in an 8 or 19-seater plane. If flying into St Mary’s you will need to book your Tresco ferry transfer in advance. For more information on flying to the Isles of Scilly and to book your flights and Tresco transfer, click here or call +44 (0)1736 334220. If you have any problems booking your travel, please do not hesitate to call the Island Office on +44 (0)1720 422849, The Isles of Scilly travel team will be happy to help.


It is also possible to book a 2 hour 45 minute ferry from Penzance to St. Mary’s, on board the Scillonian III. The Scillonian III runs between March and November six days a week, seven in high season. Generally speaking (exceptionally low tides withstanding), it leaves Penzance at 9.15am arriving in Scilly at 12 noon. It then leaves Scilly at 16.30 arriving in Penzance at 19.10pm. For more information on getting to the Isles of Scilly by boat, or to book your travel and transfer to Tresco, click here or call +44 (0)1736 334220.


SwimQuest Scilly Swimming Holiday 4

Don’t forget your camera!

In addition to your everyday clothing and personal travel items, we would also recommend packing:
  • At least two swimming costumes
  • A wetsuit should you wish to wear one
  • Two pairs of swim goggles
  • Swim ear plugs if you are used to wearing them
  • A beach / swim towel (the villa provides room towels)
  • Sandals, aqua shoes or flip flops which you would be happy to get wet if necessary
  • Warm clothes - although we have ordered the sunshine well in advance, it’s not always like the glorious pictures on our website, so please do bring warm clothes and layers for after your swims!
  • Suncream, sunhat and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable sportswear (optional - running / stretching / yoga)
  • Dryrobe / equivalent (if the luggage limit makes brining bulky items difficult - Dryrobes are available to hire for £50 per week from Adventure Scilly).


SwimQuest ABTOT MembersWe’re excited about meeting you on tour. To book your Scilly Adventure, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements. A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer.


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