Being Scilly

A multi-activity outdoors holiday for women

Mentored by

Julia Sands

Expedition Leader/Wilderness Guide

Organisation links
Location address: Isles of Scilly, TR21 0LS
Chosen age group:

Ages: 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £800
Next date: Saturday 31st Aug,
A summary
Being Scilly is a week-long multi-activity island holiday, all about having fun doing adventurous activities in a supportive, light-hearted and empowering way. With all activities led by women for women, in an inclusive atmosphere, this is an opportunity to learn from local outdoors experts and immerse yourself in the culture, nature and landscape of this stunning archipelago. Group activities include walking, swimming, cycling, boat trips, yoga, kayaking, snorkeling with seals, gin-making and a comedy workshop as well as guided tours around the islands and optional evening activities. Free time can be spent relaxing and exploring the islands. The focus of this team adventure is simply on ‘being’, however you are. The pace of life on the Scillies is very slow and peaceful. Locals exhort us busy mainlanders to ‘Be more Scilly’; just go with the flow and take your time! Inspired by this mantra, this holiday is all about being yourself, taking it easy and knowing that you’re good enough, exactly as you are. All the outdoor activities are approached from this perspective. We’re just showing up, having a go and enjoying being exactly as we are. Location: Garrison Campsite, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall. Accommodation: Tents on a shared camping pitch Difficulty: Nourishing; gentle walks, cycle rides, swimming, paddling, yoga etc, all done at your own pace. Example Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive on Scillies. Settle in to campsite. Orientation walk. Day 2: Guided eco-therapy walk & talk. Evening supper boat trip. Day 3: Optional day trip to Tresco botanical gardens, or free time. Day 4: Kayaking adventure visiting uninhabited islands. Evening comedy workshop. Day 5: Adventure Scilly fun run and yoga on the beach. Evening gig racing. Day 6: Cycling tour of island. Scilly Walks guided archaeology tour. Day 7: Snorkelling with seals. Gin-making workshop. Final night dinner. Day 8: Closing walk & talk. Pack up camp. Departure. Cost: £800 per person. This includes campsite accommodation and scheduled activities. Does not include your travel to the island or food. Additional activities at your own expense. Please use the purple 'Contact Mentor' button to express your interest or ask me any questions. You can also find more information at
About your mentor
Julia Sands
Expedition Leader/Wilderness Guide
I lead expeditions, camps and walks all over the UK and am passionate about empowering women to have fun in the outdoors. In my adult life, I've often been put off joining activity holidays, teams or courses because the standard of achievement was too high. I love to play hockey, but I'm not very good at it! I've longed for ages to find the 'C Team' where women can participate, try hard, get stuck in, but really not mind how well they do. Where we can have fun, completely unattached from notions of success and perfection. Where it's ok to be good enough, exactly as we are and unapologetically ourselves. This is that space. We are the 'C Team'. I love the sharing and camaraderie that comes from a group activity holiday and I can't wait to meet this year's team who are looking forward to 'Being Scilly' together.
What you’ll need
Travel: • Bike (with panniers), helmet, lock & small repair kit (or hire from St Mary's Bike Hire) • Large rucksack and/or holdall Camping Gear: • Tent – 2 or 3 (wo)man is plenty big enough • Roll mat/thermarest • Sleeping bag/liner and pillow • Torch/head-torch • Camping stove, fuel & matches/lighter • Plate, bowl, mug, cutlery, can & bottle opener etc • Plastic bags & bungee cords for rubbish, storing kit etc • Tupperware boxes for storing food & packed lunches • Kitchen bits: dish soap, cloths, tea towels, kitchen towel etc • Tea bags, coffee, hot chocolate, powdered milk, oil, condiment sachets etc (campsite shop sells milk!) • Food – there are shops on the island, but bring 1 supper, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch for first 24hrs Kit: • Wash-kit, towel & laundry soap – there are hot showers at the campsite • First aid kit - medications, plasters, antihistamines, painkillers etc • Pyjamas/thermals, ear plugs, eye mask • Swimming costume • Waterproof jacket • Trainers • Sandals/flip-flops • Sun-cream, sun hat and sunglasses • Re-usable water bottle – 1 litre minimum • Book/kindle/cards/game etc for leisure time • Phone, charger, headphones, speakers, camera etc • Notebook/journal and pens • Cash, cards and photo ID Clothes: • Comfortable clothes for outdoor activities – shorts, leggings, t-shirts, fleece etc • Sporty clothes – e.g., lycra, sports bra, padded cycling shorts (if needed!) • Jumpers or warm layers • Set of smarter evening clothes – e.g., jeans and top or a dress Activities: • Day rucksack – around 15-20 litres • Waterproof bags for kayaking (to protect phone & towel etc) • Long-sleeved top/rash vest for kayaking • Trainers/water shoes that can get wet & small trek towel Please get in touch if you are stuck for kit, as I have some spares to lend out if needed.
Travel Info
The holiday begins at midday on Saturday 16th July. This is when the team will meet at St Mary's harbour on the Isles of Scilly. Once your place is confirmed, you will need to book your travel to the Isles of Scilly ASAP! There is only one ferry per day and it gets booked up very quickly! You can find out information about getting to St Mary's at Isles of Scilly Travel - You will need a bike for this holiday. If you bring your own, you'll need to book it onto your ferry crossing as extra luggage at the time of booking. Alternatively, you can arrange to hire a bike for the week at St Mary's Bike Hire The holiday ends at 2pm on Saturday 23rd and you must make your own arrangements for onward travel from this point. Please inform me of your travel bookings as soon as you have made the arrangements. Your booking is at risk of being cancelled if you do not confirm your travel arrangements within 48hrs.
Pricing information
Ticket nameStandard
Where we'll be
Garrison, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0LS
Enhanced DBS
Risk Assessment
Public Liability Insurance
Safeguarding Training
First Aid Training
First Aid Kit

Please note

Please note, it is the responsibility of the booker to satisfy themselves about the adequacy of the safety measures. This platform is merely an introducer and does not verify the items listed here.

Cancellation Policy
I am not able to offer refunds in general but may be able to if there is good notice.I will refund you or transfer your booking if you're unable to attend due to Covid.

My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.