Watercolour sketch of Round Island with its lighthouse from Plumb Island, a tidal island attached to St Martins.
Stepped off the Scillionan back onto St Mary’s – it’s just such a special place, you seem to immediately slip back into a Scillies way of life. It was lovely and sunny, but there was a nippy breeze blowing and we got quite cold waiting for ‘Voyager of St Martins’ to take us across the Sound. (Extra clothes are packed in our rucksacks – which are in the hold!)

St Martins

However once we had arrived at St Martins campsite, which is sheltered from many winds, we quickly erected our new commodious tent and settled in.

Off in search of supplies, we found the bakery to be excellent! Then strolling on for a little explore north of Higher Town before returning back along the beach. Back to the tent to cook tea (soup/stew thing), afterwards, we strolled down to the beach to watch the sunset and rounded things off with a pint in the ‘Seven Stones’ pub, just along the road.

Watercolour sketch looking across Crow Sound and Broad Ledge to St Mary’s beyond. A4

Another lovely sunny day and we packed a rucksack to explore St Martins properly. We did a circumnavigation of the island. We had our lunch on the lovely beach of ‘Little Bay’, before continuing on. Everywhere seems to have a perfect view – great for sketching! Rounding off the day with our meal in the Seven Stones (Chicken Supreme & Fishcakes).

I was up early for a little sketching, this one showing a couple out walking along the beach at ‘Neck of the Pool’, just below the campsite. A4

Archaeological remains

Heading into the hinterland of St Martins today, looking for archaeological remains. A hut circle on Top Rock Hill, a chambered cairn and kelp pit on the tidal White Island. We also had our packed lunch there and not knowing the tide times, we had to keep on eye on what the sea was doing!

Later, on Chapel Downs, after much hunting, we found the head of a pagan statue. Which smaller than I expected, making it much harder to track down.
This pencil sketch is of the broken head of the prehistoric statue ~ A5.

Returned to the tent for dinner (Tuna surprise), before sitting on the beach in the evening sun.

St Agnes

Pen sketch showing the strangely shaped stone on St Agnes Downs with the islands prominent disused lighthouse in the background. A4 in length.
And another similar pencil sketch of the lighthouse again.
We caught the boat over to St Agnes – which is a ‘new’ island for us and more remote and exposed in the island group. However, as usual on Scilly it is an absolutely lovely place.
As we strolled along, we scrutinized the campsite. (Rather exposed to the westerly winds – only small tents pitched on it.) Poked our noses into St Warna’s Well – looking for bent pins, which have been found there in the past.
Lunch on the beach, which was a bit too hot and had us covering up bits of skin that were burning!
After walking across the Downs we crossed over the sand bar to the island of Gugh (pronounced Goo). Which is joined to St Agnes by a sand bar. Here’s a pencil sketch of ‘The Old Man of Gugh’ a prehistoric standing stone on Gugh.
And so, it was back to St Martins and to start packing up the tent, ready for our return journey. The Isles of Scilly are simply such a special place – we shall be back…

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