The Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly are like nowhere else in England. Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt; life moves at an easier pace at this sub-tropical haven.
At a glimpse
The Isles of Scilly lie 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. There are five inhabited Islands; St. Mary’s, St. Martin’s, Tresco, Bryher and St. Agnes, as well as many uninhabited isles. The population of the Islands is 2,200 with 1,800 of those living on St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s is the Isles of Scilly’s largest island and the gateway to the rest of the islands.
The adventure begins as you arrive by small plane or by boat. You immediately sense that you have discovered something very special as you glimpse this cluster of low-lying islands amid a turquoise sea. The Scilly adventure continues as you hop from island to island by boat, experiencing many natural wonders – puffins, seals, dolphins and a multitude of rare birds. Above all, Scilly gives you the space and freedom to do everything, or next to nothing, in a breathtaking location that enjoys the mildest climate in the UK.
Five islands – five different experiences
St. Mary’s is the Isles of Scilly’s largest island. It is an area of colour and contrast that also acts as the major gateway to and from the mainland and to the “off-islands”. The capital is Hugh Town (a small village by mainland standards) with its cluster of shops, banks, churches, post office, cafés, galleries, restaurants and pubs. St. Mary’s highlights include the wonderful museum – offering a fascinating introduction to everything on the islands.
Tresco oozes sophistication, with its top-notch accommodation, impressive eateries and award-winning spa. Tresco’s highlights include the sub-tropical Tresco Abbey Garden which houses a spectacular collection of 20,000 plants from 80 countries.
The first thing you’ll notice about St. Martin’s is the swathe of sweeping white sand beaches, all lapped by translucent turquoise seas. Next you’ll notice the spectacular flowers, rare birds and sensational views that all add to the thrill of its unmistakable beauty.
Bryher is an island of contrast; it’s rugged in the north, wild in the west, secluded in the south and effortless in the east. Its unique charm never fails to impress. It’s no wonder that Michael Morpurgo found Bryher the inspiration for many of his books.
St. Agnes is Britain’s most south-westerly community. The island boasts one of the best views from a pub garden anywhere in the UK, with the campsite’s views not far behind.
How to get here
Flights to the St. Mary’s go from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter. The ferry goes from Penzance. This can all be booked with the Isles of Scilly travel company and the thrill of travel is all part of the Scilly experience.
Where to stay
Stay in a 16th century castle, a coastal campsite or anything in-between. The islands have eight hotels ranging from two to four stars. Hotel accommodation is available on St. Mary’s, St. Martin’s and Bryher. The remaining accommodation is made up of a range of bed and breakfast, camping and self catering accommodation to suit every need and budget.