Swimming holidays

swimmers on sand bar

  23rd – 28th June 2021

4 full days of guided swims – accommodation extra – designed to work with Garrison Campsite – £475pp

full details below

  11th – 17th September 2021 (tbc)

5 full days of swimming with stunning accommodation included – Tresco island – from £1750pp

full details and booking at the SwimQuest website

Following three years of running our own Scilly swimming holidays and collaborating in 2019 with SwimQuest we are offering two options for 2021. Firstly an affordable “BYO” accommodation trip designed to work with the Garrison Campsite on St. Mary’s. If you’d like a bit more comfort we can also help you find B&B or hotel accommodation.

Secondly for those who prefer more luxurious accommodation there’s the SwimQuest trip, based on the privately owned Tresco island. Full details on their website.

Adventure Scilly guided swimming break

New for 2021 (we’ll ignore 2020!) we wanted to create a more affordable swimming holiday. The trip is designed to work with the Garrison Campsite  just a short walk from St. Mary’s Harbour. On booking the trip we will send details of how to book the camping. If you’d rather stay somewhere more comfortable we can help with that too, there is a range of accommodation nearby.

Explore the clear (and cold!) waters of the Isles of Scilly on a five-night swim break. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a truly wonderful and rewarding place to swim, with many possibilities across the five inhabited islands and hundreds of other isles and rocky outcrops. Nick will guide you along the coast or across from island to island, accompanying you in a safety boat (along with a second guide & boat depending on numbers swimming). 
As well as stunning wild swims you’ll have the opportunity to develop your swim technique with video stroke analysis.

what's included?

  • fully supported swims with powerboat supprt and transfers
  • video/stroke analysis
  • hot drinks and snacks during swim days
  • Adventure Scilly swim cap

not included

  • breakfast and dinner
  • accommodation (£57.50pp camping)
  • transport to the Isles of Scilly (~£115 ferry or from ~£180 plane)

sample itinerary

(this may vary depending on weather, tides etc.)

Day 1.

4pm meet at Mincarlo guesthouse for introductions
5pm introductory swim
7.30pm meet for pub dinner in Hugh Town

Day 2.

powerboat transfer to Tresco then swim to Bryher
walk on Bryher and lunch
picnic lunch
swim Bryher to Samson

Day 3.

powerboat transfer to St. Agnes then coastal swim to Beady Pool
picnic lunch
swim Annet to St. Agnes

Day 4.

morning walk on St Martins and swim in Great Bay
picnic lunch
afternoon swim St. Martins to Tresco
visit Tresco Abbey Gardens

Day 5.

coastal swim on St. Mary’s
picnic lunch
swim between the uninhabited Eastern Isles, if we’re lucky accompanied by seals!
pub dinner in Hugh Town

Day 6.

pre-breakfast swim
free day to explore before 4.30 ferry departure

am i a good enough swimmer?

yes, you are! The holidays cater for swimmers of different paces and strengths, however it is important that your basic swim fitness is good, so some regular swim training leading up to the holiday would be useful.

how far will we swim each day?

we accommodate all swimmers – distances will vary and everyone will be offered the opportunity to do more or less. The shortest swims will be around 1km and the longest nearer 3-4km (these will be mixed and matched to suit the group, the conditions and the tides).

do I need a wetsuit?

we would suggest a wetsuit for those not used to open water swimming and would be happy to recommend types/brands. If you do intend to swim without a wetsuit then cold water acclimatisation is important, especially if you only train in a heated pool.

what will the water temperature be?

around 14°C

Not quite your thing? Get a bunch of mates together and we’ll organise a bespoke swimming holiday? [more info]


We find Dryrobes to be the most amazing things for Scilly swimming and we have some for emergency use. We love them so much we’ve had a load made up with our logo on them. For an extra £40 you can hire one for the duration of the holiday. You may want to take one home with you so they’re available for sale too. £105 for the short sleeved ones and £140 for the long sleeved. [dryrobe hire]