Sitting just 35 miles off the Cornish coast the Isles of Scilly is a stunning archipelago that feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.
The biggest island, St Mary’s with an area of less than 2.5 square miles, a mere six miles of road and a population of 1,800. St Mary’s is the gateway to the other islands and your first port of call on any visit.
St Mary’s is the hub of the islands with a cluster of art galleries, restaurants and pubs as well as essentials like shops and banks. There are three stunning sandy beaches to explore and watersports are a popular activity.
If you’re arriving by passenger ferry from Penzance, you’ll sail into The Quay. It’s from here that you’ll leave if you are travelling to any of the other islands or taking a boat trip to explore the uninhabited islands.
The second largest island of Tresco once held the National Geographic Magazine’s accolade of being one of the Top 10 Islands in the world. Tresco offers an abundance of luxury and sophistication. From the world-famous Tresco Abbey Garden to the rugged and dramatic coastline, secluded beaches to burial sites and castle ruins, the island has delights to be discovered around every corner.
To make the most of your time in the Isles of Scilly, island hopping is a must. St Martin’s offers some of the British Isles’ finest beaches, Bryher is the perfect juxtaposition of rugged Atlantic seascape on one side and calm sandy beaches on the other – there’s more to this island than Hell’s Bay. The smallest inhabited island is St Agnes where, at low tide, you can cross the sand bar to neighbouring Gugh.
Whichever island you visit there’s always a friendly welcome from. Whether you’re seeking new adventures, tales of shipwrecks and pirates, or hoping to spot Dolphins and Basking Sharks, these glorious islands won’t disappoint.
Between March and November, you can fly from Exeter, Newquay or Land’s End. Flight times range from 20-60 minutes. Accommodation choices are varied – camping to B&B’s, castles to 4* hotels – plus several properties recognised by Green Tourism.