Scilly: le isole magiche inglesi

Le isole Scilly distano più o meno 45 chilometri dalle coste della Cornovaglia e godono del clima più mite di tutto il Regno Unito.
Si contano 140 isole e isolette prevalentemente disabitate e 2.200 abitanti distribuiti su cinque isole: 1.800 vivono silla più grande, St. Mary’s; circa 110 su Tresco e St. Martin’s, e meno di 100 abitanti risiedono stabilmente a Bryher e Sant’Agnese.
Nonostante ciò, queste cinque isole sono tutte collegate tra loro e raggiungibili con viaggi di pochi minuti ma, soprattutto, ogni anno sull’arcipelago, arrivano circa 100.000 turisti provenienti dalla Cornovaglia o con le navi da crociera che passano da qui ad ammirare il mare cristallino, le spiagge e la bellezza naturale incontaminata delle isole Scilly.

La natura

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Indipendentemente da quale isola si scelga per il proprio soggiorno, qui la possibilità di muoversi e apprezzare la natura è davvero ampia.
Le isole sono tante e molto vicine tra loro, il che dà l’opportunità di spostarsi facilmente ammirando tutte le bellezze della natura.
A seconda del periodo, è possibile incontrare delfini, pulcinelle di mare, cormorani, gazze marine e molti altri uccelli marini e magari qualche foca grigia atlantica se siete abbastanza fortunati.

Prodotti locali

Sulle isole Scilly ogni prodotto locale è davvero “locale” e fatto sul posto. In questa piccola comunità, i prodotti dell’isola sono in abbondanza. Su quasi tutte le isole si possono incontrare agricoltori locali, pescatori o magari fornai, birrai, enologi e non solo.

  • Pesce dell’isola
    La famiglia Pender ha pescato a largo di Bryher per centinaia di anni, fornendo aragosta, granchio, pesce e crostacei freschi di qualità alle Isole Scilly.
  • Anatra Salakee
    una piccola impresa di St. Mary alleva piccoli lotti per garantire alle anatre il più alto benessere possibile.
  • Fattoria Veronica
    Azienda agricola a conduzione familiare che utilizza ingredienti locali tra cui latte di Sant’Agnese, burro e panna rappresa, per produrre il massimo delizioso, burroso fondente alla vaniglia, tutto fatto da mano nella cucina della fattoria
  • Hillside Farm
    Cinque acri di fattoria biologica, coltivazione di frutta e verdura insieme al bestiame del Devon per la carne bovina, nutriti con erba tutto l’anno per carne di manzo gustosa e a basso impatto ambientale.
    Venduta ai cancelli della fattoria
  • Fattoria Troytown
    Considerato il caseificio più piccolo del Regno Unito
    Fattoria con 9 mucche da latte, Troytown produce e vende latte, panna, yogurt e gelato.
  • Westward Farm
    una piccola fattoria familiare a St. Agnes,
    Coltivano prodotti botanici per la loro distilleria producendo gin premium (più succo di mela e sidro) e una gamma di saponi che utilizzano oli essenziali.

Come arrivare

Raggiungere le Scilly è piuttosto semplice e ci sono ben tre opzioni disponibili: L’aereo, la nave ma anche l’elicottero, qualora vogliate provare qualcosa di diverso per il vostro viaggio
Potete consultare questo link dove è possibile scegliere una delle tre opzioni di viaggio e cercare tutte le informazioni oppure andare sul sito dedicato al viaggio in elicottero dove potete ricevere informazioni a riguardo e prenotare , volendo, anche un comodo day trip.

Scilly: the magical English islands

The Isles of Scilly lie approximately 45 kilometers off the Cornish coast and enjoy the mildest climate in the UK. There are 140 mainly uninhabited islands and islets and 2,200 inhabitants spread over five islands: 1,800 live on the largest island, St. Mary’s; about 110 on Tresco and St. Martin’s, and fewer than 100 inhabitants permanently reside in Bryher and Sant’Agnese. Despite this, these five islands are all connected to each other, they can be reached with trips of a few minutes and, above all, every year on the archipelago, around 100,000 tourists arrive from Cornwall or with cruise ships that pass by here to admire the sea. crystal clear, beaches and the unspoiled natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly.

The nature

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Regardless of which island you choose for your stay, here the possibility to move and appreciate nature is really wide. The islands are many and very close to each other, which gives the opportunity to move easily while admiring all the beauties of nature. Depending on the time of year, you may encounter dolphins, puffins, cormorants, sea magpies and many other seabirds and maybe some Atlantic gray seals if you’re lucky enough.

Local products

On the Isles of Scilly every local product is truly “local” and made on the spot. In this small community, the products of the island are in abundance. On almost all the islands you can meet local farmers, fishermen or perhaps bakers, brewers, winemakers and more.

  • Island fish
    The Pender family has been fishing off Bryher for hundreds of years, supplying quality fresh lobster, crab, fish and shellfish to the Isles of Scilly.
  • Salakee duck
    A small St. Mary’s company raises small batches to ensure the highest welfare possible for the ducks.
  • Veronica Farm
    Family-run farm that uses local ingredients including St Agnes milk, butter and clotted cream, to produce the ultimate delicious, buttery vanilla fondant, all done by hand in the farmhouse kitchen
  • Hillside Farm
    Five acres of organic farm, growing fruit and vegetables alongside Devon cattle for beef, grass-fed year-round for tasty, eco-friendly beef.
    Sold at the farm gates
  • Troytown Farm
    Considered to be the smallest dairy in the UK A farm with 9 dairy cows, Troytown produces and sells milk, cream, yogurt and ice cream.
  • Westward Farm
    A small family farm in St. Agnes, They grow botanicals for their distillery by making premium gins (plus apple juice and cider) and a range of soaps that use essential oils.

How to get to Scilly

Getting to the Scilly is pretty straightforward and there are three options available: Airplane, ship, but also helicopter, should you want to try something different for your trip.
You can consult this link where you can choose one of the three travel options and search for all the information or go to the site dedicated to helicopter travel where you can receive information about it and book, if desired, a comfortable day trip.

York: the most haunted city (of ghosts and legends) in Europe

York is a city shrouded in mystery and, apparently from legends, ghosts, folklore that hide under some ancient streets of the English city. Some paths lead through the dark and gloomy history of the city. But you have to have enough courage to face them.

The Blood Tour of York

On the Bloody tour of York you will be escorted for 1.5 hours through side streets where the city’s grisly past is told and seen with stories of invasions and executions.
During the award-winning tour you will also discover the history of the city and its most famous characters.
The narrow streets are quite simple and are well suited for families and people with walking difficulties.
However, it is best to contact the tour organizers if you have special needs or problems. Never let it be that you miss a few severed heads!

The Deathly ghost tour

The Deathly ghost tour is one of the latest news from the city of York. It combines entertainment, education, a little humor and, for this reason, it is also well suited to (more fearful) families.
This tour has three options: a predefined public tour through the streets of York, a private one that you can adapt to your needs, and a day tour of approximately one hour, through the most picturesque streets of York.

The original ghost walk tour

This is perhaps the oldest and most gruesome tour in history. It seems that the Original ghost walk tour of York dates back to 1973!
Every evening, starting from 8 onwards, a tour that explores the history, mystery and all the restlessness of the most haunted city you can visit starts from one of the most famous pubs in the city.

Are you brave enough?