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Water doesn't have to mean rain, as our pick of the best water-inspired destinations proves: #travel #eco #europe #uk

Water doesn't have to mean rain, as our pick of the best water-inspired destinations proves: #travel #eco #europe #uk

Island hopping in the Scillies For a taste of the tropics without leaving dear old Blighty, look no further than the Isles of Scilly. Located 28 miles off the southwest tip of Cornwall, the small archipelago is made up of 10 small islands and 45 islets, all of which benefit from a generously warm climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. Of the islands, only five are inhabited, while the rest are home to a huge array of wildlife, both marine and land-based. The whole archipelago was designated an area of outstanding natural beauty in 1975 and as a result, is relatively untouched by developers. That’s not to say that wildlife watching is all the Scillies have to offer though. Along with golden sandy beaches, there’s a huge range of water sports to get stuck into, including surfing, kayaking and sailing. If it’s the latter you’re after, Bryher’s Bennett Boatyard lets you charter sm...

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