Cornwall has long been one of the most popular areas of the UK for travelers and holidaymakers. Not only for its relatively warm climate and stunning coastline but also for its rich Celtic history and not forgetting the famous cream tea! It should come as no surprise then that this area makes for a truly beautiful hot air balloon ride and we have 2 launch sites that are sure to tempt you into the skies.

Liskeard

Our Liskeard launch site is a fantastic spot from which to explore the beauty and history of what is arguably the jewel of the West Country. Liskeard is a thriving market town surrounded by rolling Cornish countryside. If you are fortunate to pass low and slow over the town on your hot air balloon ride it is possible to see buildings of all styles and ages radiating out from the town's central square. [caption id="attachment_9545" align="alignright" width="300"] Liskeard[/caption] Southwest of Liskeard lies the picturesque coastal town of Fowey, where author Daphne du Maurier, drawn to the natural beauty of the region, once [caption id="attachment_9547" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pentillie Estate[/caption] lived and wrote while in a more southerly direction is found a wealth of typically quaint fishing villages such as Polperro and Looe. Our Liskeard balloon flights launch from the stunning estate of Pentillie Castle, providing the perfect base for those wishing to traverse the wide Cornish skies. Click here to find out more about Pentillie Castle and Estate

Launceston

Enjoy a flight in our Launceston hot air balloon and experience the ancient capital of Cornwall and spectacular sights such as Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and even the Atlantic coast from a whole new perspective. [caption id="attachment_9554" align="alignleft" width="300"] Launceston[/caption] It is the only walled town in Cornwall so keep an eye out for the 11th century castle and the distinctive Southgate arch. Many of the town’s examples of historic architecture will come into view as you float skywards. You may spot the 16th century Church of St Mary Magdalene, which has one of the most lavishly carved exteriors of any church in England. Launceston Priory lies to the north of the town, alongside the winding River Kensey that can still be crossed by the ancient Clapper Bridge. [caption id="attachment_9556" align="alignright" width="300"] Dartmoor National Park[/caption] From ancient Cornish towns and villages to the wilds of Dartmoor, a hot air balloon ride over Launceston offers the best views you can get of this beautiful county. Whichever launch site you choose and whichever way the wind takes you, you’re sure to be treated to breathtaking views. Our Launceston and Liskeard hot air balloons are piloted by our wonderful Cornwall pilot Steve Vining. Steve has been flying, in one capacity or another, for almost 30 years and has flown in many places such as Portugal, the Czech Republic and Austria to name a few. “I feel very privileged to fly for Virgin Balloon Flights, especially here in the South West, where you can often see both North and South coasts on the same flight” Join Steve and his crew by checking out our South West vouchers here.