Luxury Isles of Scilly swimming holiday

4th – 8th June 2018

from £799 per person.

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Explore the clear (and cold!) waters of the Isles of Scilly on a four-night luxury swim holiday. 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. Dewi & Nick will guide you along the coast or across from island to island, accompanying you in safety boats.
As well as stunning wild swimming you’ll have the opportunity to develop your swim technique, have stroke correction and personal swim training plans explained.

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

what's included?

  • four night’s accommodation at Karma St. Martins
  • all meals (apart from two evening meals)
  • fully supported swims
  • video analysis session
  • a massage in the Karma Spa
  • Adventure Scilly swim cap

what's not included?

  • transport to St. Martins
  • drinks
  • two evening meals

about Karma St. Martins

We will be staying in the gorgeous Karma St Martin’s, a stone’s throw from the beach. A luxurious contemporary hotel, with ocean views, classic English interior design (with an eclectic twist) and the soulful Karma Spa.
You can find out more about the hotel at their website.

about the guides

Nick & Dewi met in 2012 guiding holidays with SwimTrek from our B&B Mincarlo. They were inspired to join forces; enjoying the camaraderie of the swimmers, loving the refreshing sea and the colourful vistas around the islands; motivated by the beauty of the place, by its clear waters and the variety of swims available. Nick was ready with plenty of local knowledge and a love of swimming around the islands, Dewi with a heap of coaching and swim-guiding experience behind him.

They wanted to do something spectacular, demanding but achievable: the Scilly Swim Challenge was founded in 2014. Now with a strong desire to share the delights of Scilly with swimmers in a more relaxed situation, the Luxury Swim Holidays are here in partnership with the fabulous Hotel Karma St. Martin’s – come along & immerse yourself in Scilly’s watery beauty!

Nick Lishman

Swim teacher, run leader, mountain-bike instructor and beach lifeguard; Nick has decades of experience of the sea and islands of Scilly. A keen interest in nutrition and in the strengths of the body and mind in sport combine with a genuine passion for his home and the experiences to be found there.

Dewi Winkle

Retired Parachute Regiment Officer with experience of sports event management, tutoring and mentoring. Highly motivated and energetic sports focussed organiser and planner with experience Worldwide gained as Parachute Regiment Officer, Event Organiser and Triathlon Coach. Dewi is loyal, trustworthy and responsible; he certainly has the ability to motivate and facilitate, and we think he’s an all-round top bloke!

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 13-14°C

sample itinerary

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

Day 1.

2pm meet at Karma for introductions
4pm introductory swim
6pm Evening Swim Clinic -view video from the day’s swim and technique introduction session

Day 2.

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

Day 3.

yoga before breakfast (optional)
morning ferry to Tresco then swim to Bryher
walk on Bryher and lunch
picnic lunch
swim Bryher to Samson

Day 4.

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

Day 5.

pre-breakfast swim
breakfast and departure


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]