D iscover the wild and wonderful archipelago that is the Isles of Scilly. Our mild climate is a haven for plants and wildlife, with each island a vibrant world of its own, teeming with colour and activity. With five inhabited islands, 35 beaches, and countless outcrops and islets, there is plenty to explore during your stay. Better still, the islands are largely dog friendly, so there’s plenty of ground to tire out Rover too!
As the largest and most populous island, St Mary’s is where you’ll find the bulk of things going on. We’re based here in Hugh Town, so you’ll have a wealth of things to explore right on your doorstep. This central hub hosts a quaint collection of galleries, cafes, and the like, while the gold-white sands of three beaches lie a stone’s throw away. You can kick back and relax before the activity on the Quay, or try your skills on the water at Porthmellon’s Sailing Centre.
Take a walk south-east and you’ll arrive at Old Town. This settlement hosts another beautiful beach along with a nature reserve. Venturing north beyond these towns will land you at the wild part of the island, where a treasure trove of coastal bliss awaits.
No trip to the Isles of Scilly is complete without a visit to Tresco. The subtropical climate of the famous Abbey Gardens is home to some 20,000 exotic plants from across the world. Like the plants, you’ll feel transported to the Meditteranean despite being mere miles from Cornwall. The garden is built around the picturesque ruins of Benedictine Abbey.
Tresco is an island of contrasts. Historic monuments pepper the landscape here, including the remnants of castles and fortifications. Wild, barren beaches lie to the north, while the powdery white sands and calm waters of Pentle and Appletree Bays are found to the south. Explore the rugged north coast on foot, or if you’re feeling brave, on bike!
Sharing pictures of St Martin’s beaches with your friends will have them fooled you’re bathing in the tropics. Sweeping crescent sands are met by crystal clear waters. These picture-postcard vistas are surrounded by luscious plant life, rare birds, and heather-lined cliffs.
Despite being just two-miles in length, this island offers plenty to enjoy. Be sure to visit the flower farm, vineyard, artisan bakery, and marvel at Scilly-inspired treasures forged by local jewellers. And don’t miss the opportunity to dive and snorkel with seals! The effortless beauty of St Martin’s never fails to astonish.
Much like Tresco, Bryher’s two sides are like chalk and cheese. Home to simple pleasures, a day on Bryher is sure to leave you feeling nothing short of invigorated. Traverse the island along its many tracks, and discover stalls selling everything from freshly-landed seafood to divine island fudge.
The landscape here never fails to inspire, come rain or shine. The Atlantic waves pound the coast at Hell Bay, a perfect spot for winter storm-watching, while sheltered beaches nestle along the island’s opposite side.
This peaceful, mile-wide island is completely unspoilt and reassuringly traditional. The sandbar that joins St Agnes to Gugh, its closest neighbour at low tide, is truly enchanting. The coastline here offers its fair share of charming coves, with a lighthouse standing tall at the island’s highest point.
Patchwork fields and quaint cottages lie inland. You can get an authentic taste of the rural way of life here by sampling the local produce at a range of restaurants and cafes.