Getting Here and Useful Links

Isles of Scilly
Here are some useful links and information to help with your transport to the islands and planning your trip in general.

You have decided to visit the islands whether by train or driving down, you will eventually be leaving your transport behind on the mainland, and experiencing the unique travel options to the Isles of Scilly, either by the Skybus plane or the Scillionian 111 boat.

If travelling to Penzance by train here is some useful information call First Great Western on 01597 822053 or visit website There is a rail service operating across the U.K. To Penzance train station, there is also a sleeper train service which operates between Paddington and Penzance from Sunday to Friday (please note unless there is a special boat trip which happens rarely, no flights or sailings are available on a Sunday). It is recommended if you take the sleeper train to book a berth so you can get some rest and arrive refreshed for your journey to the islands, for anymore information timetables and current fares check the first great western website.

When you arrive in Penzance for your journey by Skybus a minibus will meet your train (please note you will need to organise this pickup service and your return pickup back to the train station when you book your flights), it will take 20 minutes to get to Lands End Airport. If you prefer to make your own way there are plenty of taxis outside the train station.

If you are travelling by Scillionian 111 boat the quay is just a 5-10 minute walk from the train station, if you need to make arrangements for an overnight stay in Penzance we can recommend several good quality guest houses that we ourselves have stayed in.

If you choose to fly with Skybus call 0845 7105555 e-mail for a quicker way to and from the islands). If you do choose Skybus, (a great way to see the islands for the first time from a birds eye view). Skybus flights are from Exeter takes 1 hour, Newquay half hour and Lands End 20 minutes.

When you arrive at St Mary’s Heliport a white Skybus minivan meets every flight and will do door to door service for a small charge just tell them your destination is Tolman House they will also arrange return pickup with you.

If travelling to the airports by car please then refer to the Isles of Scilly Website for an up to date list of car park providers in the area of Exeters, Newquays and Lands End Airports. Please note it is advisable to prebook these facilities.

Scillionian: If your choice is to travel by the Scillionian 111 boat call 0845 7105555 or e-mail (this is a great way to relax and watch the world go by). The Scillionian sails from Penzance quay at 9.15 am and takes approximately 2 and a half hours to reach the islands arriving at St Mary’s quay in Hugh Town at noon. Please clearly label your luggage Tolman House and Island Carriers will deliver it to our door for a small charge which you can pay them during your stay and organise your return pickup for your luggage.

You can choose either to walk straight through the town and over the small hill into Old Town (takes approximately 20 minutes) and walk alongside the bay until you reach the Tolman Cafe sign, then turn right and we are the first long driveway you come to then go up the driveway and Tolman Guest House is the granite building. Or if you prefer we can give you some taxi numbers if you would rather not walk.

The Scillionian departs St Mary’s Quay at 4.30pm and arrives back in Penzance after 7pm. Times may change depending on tides.
This is a daily service from end of March to beginning of November.