Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly

Local, characterful guides to Britain's special places

Book Description

This new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly remains the only dedicated guide to this perennially popular part of Britain. Offering in-depth exploration of both frequently visited and less-well-known destinations, it is written in a friendly, engaging style and includes up-to-date listings of the best (and sometimes least obvious) places to eat, drink and sleep, appealing to all budgets.
Cornwall's connections with the USA are many and varied, ranging from a memorial to Rick Rescorla, a security chief at the World Trade Center on September 11 2001 who was born in Hayle, to American artist James Turrell, whose Skyspace is installed at the Tremenheere garden outside Penzance. The Cornish mining diaspora has a strong presence in mining areas of California, Pennsylvania and Michigan, while Redruth – Cornwall's mining capital – is twinned with Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Also covered are the 1959 visit to St Ives of American abstract expressionist, Mark Rothko, and the beach which in 1944 was used as an embarkation point for a regiment of 7,500 of the 29th US Infantry Division for the assault landing on Omaha Beach, part of the D-Day landings.
Cornwall possesses an enduring appeal as a holiday destination for visitors of all ages and Bradt's Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is the ideal companion to help you discover the county's less obvious attractions. With this guide, explore the ‘Cornish Alps' or the lonely Rame peninsula, discover where to listen to world-class musicians playing in tiny rural churches, or see where Cornwall's emblematic bird, the chough, is making a comeback. Few areas offer such geographical diversity – the rugged, storm-lashed north coast and wide, sandy beaches favoured by surfers are rarely more than a few miles from the sheltered creeks and coves and and exotic gardens, such as the unique Lost Gardens of Heligan and the famous Eden Project. Wild moorland is dotted with neolithic standing stones and, just 28 miles from Land's End, the Isles of Scilly offer an exhilarating blend of exoticism and wild isolation.

About Fergusson, Kirsty

Award-winning travel writer, Kirsty Fergusson grew up in the west country, but did not venture across the Tamar until well into her fifth decade, when the opportunity arose in 2009 to move to a remote cottage in the far west of Cornwall, near Land's End. Having lived abroad for many years her knowledge of the region was astonishingly unclouded by TV images - or the kind of partisan adoration, nostalgia or prejudice that remembered childhood holidays seem to inspire. So with fresh eyes, an old bicycle and an even older pair of legs, she set out to explore and write about her adopted county with the same open-minded curiosity that had taken her plant-hunting in Mongolia and pottering around the Latin quarter of Paris. A keen promoter of the Slow Food movement, Kirsty has twice been appointed to judge in the Food and Farming section of the Royal Cornwall Show, while her published articles on both new and established gardens in the county have brought much acclaim. Having branched out into garden tours, Kirsty is currently based in southwest France, but returns to Cornwall in order to renew her research for this third edition.