Can You Take a Caravan to the Scilly Isles?

One of the joys of owning a caravan in the UK is that you have the whole of this fair and beautiful country to travel around and explore. You can go wherever you like, whenever you like – within reason. You don’t necessarily need to wait to book accommodation, because you have it with you attached to your car.

If you want to travel up North to the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District or further northwards into Scotland or go down south to explore Cornwall, Devon or somewhere completely different, there really is nothing to stop you.

Speaking of Cornwall, though, there is one place unfortunately you will not be able to visit with a caravan unless you book a static caravan on one of the islands.

Why Can’t You Visit the Scilly Isles With a Caravan?

The Scilly Isles is one of the only places in the country that you can’t travel to with a caravan. Why, though? There are several reasons. First and foremost, the individual islands that make up the Scilly Isles are all relatively small. Secondly, to reach any of the islands you need to travel by ferry and if you are allowed to, and it is a big if, take a vehicle onto one of the islands it needs to be hoisted off the ferry with a crane and is very expensive. Normally this is reserved for residents only.

There is also the small matter of there not being much in the way of parking spaces and although there are vehicles used on the islands, you are expected to get around either by taxi, bus, bike, or foot. Boats are obviously used to travel from one island to the next.

How You Can Have a Caravan Holiday on the Scilly Isles

Does that mean you can’t have any kind of caravan holiday on the Scilly Isles? Not at all. There are many camping and caravan parks around the islands, that you can stay at. However, you will have to stay at one of the caravans or other forms of accommodation at the actual parks, rather than bringing your own.


There is no doubt about it – holidaying in the Scilly Isles will offer you a memorable experience. After all, it’s not one of the most popular holiday destinations for nothing. There is no point in trying to take a car or caravan. Not 0only is it not allowed, but it’s simply not worth it. Even the biggest of the Scilly Isles, St Mary’s, is not particularly big and can easily be travelled around by foot, bus, or taxi. These are also the best ways to take in all the beautiful views, sights and sounds of these idyllic islands that sit to the south of the country.

If you really wanted a caravan holiday and to take in the delights of the Isles of Scilly, it is best to take a caravan holiday in Cornwall and then use that as a base for further adventures without your caravan on the islands.

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