The Islands

The Isles of Scilly offer a certain quality of life - simpler, kinder and more peaceful. A quality long lost to many other parts of the UK. And 2,200 people are lucky enough to call it home.

There are five inhabited islands and countless uninhabited ones to explore. Each island has its distinct characteristics. Scilly also boasts an incredible ancient history and archaeology, alongside sweeping sea views and rugged undeveloped coasts. Out at sea, there are incredible shipwrecks and amazing wildlife. 

Our heritage revolves around the sea - fishing for lobsters, crabs and crayfish and racing traditional pilot gigs. Flower farming also thrives here; Scilly's scented narcissi are renowned the world over.

The sea air, clean seas and mild weather also provide the additional secret ingredients to local fare - including lobster, tender island-reared beef, freshest vegetables and melt-in-the mouth ice-creams. Enjoy our cafes and restaurants; explore our local stores and farm stalls.

So come: submerge yourself in our way of life. Unwind in a natural playground and indulge in some island experiences. 

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Aerial view of The Isles of Scilly

Islands guide

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  • Scilly St Mary's ariel hugh town view

    St. Mary's

    The gateway to Scilly: do as much or as little as you want on the beautiful island of St Mary’s

    Explore St. Mary's
  • Scilly St Agnes rocky cove

    St. Agnes

    St. Agnes, England’s final frontier: totally untamed and thoroughly unspoilt

    Explore St. Agnes
  • Scilly St Martin's white sand beach

    St. Martin's

    St. Martin’s – a voyage of discovery to the best beaches in the world

    Explore St. Martin's
  • Scilly Bryher Hell Bay ariel

    Bryher

    A rugged yet deeply beautiful island of vibrant contrasts

    Explore Bryher
  • Tresco

    Tresco – the island of ultimate luxury, sophistication and the Abbey Garden

    Explore Tresco
  • St. Mary's
  • St. Agnes
  • St. Martin's
  • Bryher
  • Tresco

Island Highlights

Beaches & Coastline

History & Archaeology

Flowers & Plants

Walks & Trails

Cultural Heritage

Scilly gig boat

Habitats & Wildlife

Tresco Abbey Garden

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Tresco Inclusive Travel

Tresco All year

Skybus fly all year round to St Mary’s from Land’s End and Newquay, and from Exeter between March and November. If you are staying on Tresco, we recommend that you book your journey through the Island Office as our fares include all island transfers.Read more »

Scilly Park & Ride

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

For Scillonian passengers avoiding long walks with your luggage. We take you to the quay and meet you on your return. We also take dogs.Read more »

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco All year

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is  a perennial Kew without the glass - shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host thousands of exotic plants.

Many of these would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower. All in all, the garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.Read more »

Scillonian III Passenger Ferry

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

Just 28 miles of the Cornish coast you will discover 5 islands, surrounded by azure waters, white beaches and a wonderful climate where sub–tropical plants thrive.

Hop on board the Scillonian III, our recently refurbished ship and discover the Isles of Scilly. The Scillonian Passenger Ferry sets sail from Penzance harbour up to 7 days a week.

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4BZ.Read more »

Smugglers Inn at the Airways Hotel

The Smugglers Inn at The Airways Hotel, near Newquay

St. Mary's All year

A small homely hotel situated beside Newquay Airport. Easy access, to all of Cornwall’s amenities, three minutes from two beautiful beaches and the north coast, ten minutes from Newquay, fifteen minutes from Padstow, twenty minutes from the south coast and just ten minutes from the A30. Surrounded by many golf links and courses.Read more »

Skybus

St. Mary's All year

Skybus fly all year round to the Isles of Scilly from Land’s End and Newquay airports, and from Exeter airport between March and November.

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, TR18 4BZ.Read more »

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Tresco Boat Services

Tresco All year

Tresco Boat Services offers all the waterborne services you need to get the most from your visit to the Isles of Scilly.Read more »

Up on the Garrison

Dial-a-Doux Taxi

St. Mary's All year

Dial a Doux Taxi is available seven days a week from 8am until midnight, with two vehicles available to hire we are here to serve you better. Whether it's a point to point trip or guided scenic tours with commentary. Our two vehicles, one an eight seater and one with seating for four will convey you around St Mary's in a relaxed, comfortable and efficient manner..

When you need transportation on St Mary's give us a ring!Read more »

Book a Bike

St. Mary's All year

Cycle around St Mary's in just a few hours and take in the stunning views from every point of the island.

We will drop off and pick up cycles from your accommodation FREE OF CHARGE to save you time, so sit back and enjoy your holiday on the Isles of Scilly with BOOK A BIKE.

Hire and delivery also available to the off islands on request (St Martin's, St Agnes, Tresco and Bryher).Read more »

Special offer

Crusader Island Boat Trips

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

With only 12 passengers you can be sure of a relaxed, personal and friendly service on the CRUSADER of St Marys. We offer daily direct trips to the other islands and scenic cruises around the most popular coastal hotspots to see the native wildlife of Seals and Seabirds. Enjoy the islands’ stunning landscape from the water or stop off on one of the islands to explore their individual beauty.Read more »

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

The place to hire your bicycle on St Mary’s. Pedal power for all the family. Bikes for all ages and sizes. Full repair and back up service. Follow the big yellow map and see St Mary’s at its best.Read more »

St Mary's Boatmen's Association

St. Mary's All year

St Mary’s Boatmen’s Association caters for all your boating requirements, from direct trips to all of the islands or wildlife trips for Atlantic grey seals and the breeding seabirds including puffins. Nearly all of the trips run at 10.15 or 14.00 every day.Read more »

Bryher Boat Services

St. Mary's All year

Enjoy a special charter trip on the 'Falcon', an 11 metre Red Bay rib with twin engines and fully enclosed cabin to seat 12 passengers.Read more »

Tresco Bike Hire

Tresco All year

Bikes are the primary form of transport on the island and are available to hire at the bike store, which is located next door to Tresco Stores & Deli at the Flying Boat. There are bikes to suit all age groups. Guests can pre-book for their stay by calling the Island Office on +44 (0)1720 422849.Read more »

St Agnes Boating

St. Agnes All year

St Agnes Boating is a small family owned business that has over twenty years experience boating within the islands using Scilly's only purpose built catamaran the Spirit of St Agnes. For a more intimate bespoke service the Enterprise is available for special hire, fishing and sightseeing trips. Call us or go online to discuss your requirements.Read more »

DJ Cabs

St. Mary's All year

Local, family run cab company operating around the islands for 5 years. Reliable, comfortable transport for short trips or late pick ups around St Mary's.Read more »

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View of the Phoenix Studios and workshops

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

The Phoenix Craft studios and workshops comprise seven individual craftspeople, many of whom will teach their skills to visitors. Children and adults can paint glass roundels, ceramic mugs and plates or fabric bags and tee-shirts. Beaded jewellery and silk scarf painting classes are open to all age groups too. Adults (over 14 years) also have the option of doing a three hour class in Tiffany glass, learning to to cut, copper-foil and solder coloured glass into a light-catcher to take home. Prices from £8.50 to £30. During Art Scilly Week in May each year, many more classes are laid on.Read more »

Bryher Shop

Bryher All year

Freshly baked bread, deli, pasties, picnic food and local produce. A general store with an amazing array of stock including beach toys and camping equipment. Come and try a slice of our famous Scillonian Tattie cake - personally sampled by HRH Prince Charles!Read more »

Troytown Farm Shop

St. Agnes Mar-Nov

Troytown Farm is the only dairy farm in Scilly. Milking 9 dairy cows, it might also be the smallest in the country. Farming on a small scale works for us, as we process the milk in our little dairy and make very special ice cream, clotted cream, butter and yogurt to sell direct to our customers from our farm shop.

Recommended by Cool Places.Read more »

The Sandpiper

St. Mary's All year

At Sandpiper we pride ourselves on our sustainable clothing and accessories range from brands such as Braintree Bamboo and Hemp. We also stock famous brands like Weird Fish and Raging Bull. With inspirational and quality giftware sourced from local and Cornish origins we have something for all...pop in...we'd love to see you!Read more »

The Paper Shop (C J Mumford)

St. Mary's All year

Serving the islands' newspaper, magazine and periodical requirements since 1904. Confectioner, stationer, tobacconist and bookseller - including Scilly's longest running publication "The Scillonian". Scilly's only National Lottery outlet. The Paper Shop receives the daily papers around 11am, and also stocks popular magazines and games and goodies for children.Read more »

Plowman's Food Company

St. Mary's All year

Opened in May 2012, Plowman's Food Co. prides itself on providing visitors and locals on the Isles of Scilly with the freshest food and best quality produce.

Our meat is sourced from Cornwall and the Westcountry and from around the Islands when possible. We sell everything from roasting joints, to stewing steaks to handmade burgers for the barbecue.

Our bread is handmade on the premises every morning and our sandwiches, rolls and baguettes are freshly filled. We sell Cornish pasties, sausage rolls, cakes and pastries as well as a variety of Cornish and local produce.Read more »

Isles of Scilly Flowers

St. Mary's All year

We grow scented narcissi and show pinks all year round. Handpicked by us on The Flower Farm at Trenoweth, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, and delivered to your home by first class post.Read more »

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco All year

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a perennial Kew without the glass - shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host thousands of exotic plants.

Many of these would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower. All in all, the garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.Read more »

Gallery Tresco

Tresco All year

Gallery Tresco is located in the most enviable of positions on New Grimsby shoreline and is a haven for art lovers. Some of Cornwall’s finest art can be found on the walls of this light and airy converted boatshed, which has been open for over 20 years.Read more »

view of Phoenix Studios

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

Phoenix Craft Studios is a co-operative of local artists and craftspeople working on the Porthmellon Business Park, a scenic 10 minutes walk from town. We have locally made crafts, from jewellery to stained and fused glass, and from silk, fabric and leather goods to linocut prints and oil paintings of Scilly. There is also a gallery upstairs, showcasing the work of several other local artists. All work is locally designed and made, so you won't be taking home a souvenir from Hong Kong! Gifts to suit all tastes and purses.Read more »

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Sunny Creek

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £200 - £700 per week

The house sleeps up to four guests in one double and one twin bedroom, each with their own bathroom or shower. There is also a large open-plan kitchen lounge and dining room and the further benefit of a small south facing patio to the rear with tables and chairs, perfect for al fresco dining on a warm sunny evening. Read more »

Freesia Guesthouse

Freesia Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 4 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £40 - £40 pppn

Freesia is a family-run, four-star, silver awarded guest house on the Isles of Scilly, situated in the centre of Hugh Town, within easy walking distance of the quay, shops, restaurants and beaches.

Located on the largest island of St Marys with easy access to all guided tours (wildlife, archaeology and maritime), cycle hire, bus tours and boat trips to all inhabited islands.Read more »

Special offer
View from The Barley House

The Barley House

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 5 | All year | £500 - £1,075 per week

The apartment and cottages situated on Seaways Flower Farm are all converted farm buildings; two of which were the orchid glass house and the barley store. Carefully converted and modernised over the years they now offer a comfortable and very convenient holiday home with spectacular views, mainly across the harbour but also with a more distant seascape.Read more »

Anjeric

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 7 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £37 - £63 pppn

With magnificent views over the harbour towards Tresco, and Town Beach only 25 metres from the front door, Anjeric is perfectly situated for the 5 minute level walk to all amenities and the Quay.Read more »

Kenwyn - Flat 4

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £220 - £410 per week

A studio flat for two people, in converted attic space with fine views of the sea from front and rear windows. Close to beaches, town and the quay for inter-island boat trips. Linen and towels provided. Start/end days are Saturday or Tuesday. Short breaks are available. No smoking.Read more »

Waverley - exterior view

Waverley

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £710 - £1,110 per week

Waverley is a detached bungalow set in it's own large garden. It has three bedrooms (one with an en suite shower room), a separate bathroom with bath and shower, a kitchen with dining area and a separate lounge with comfortable sofas and large television.

Waverley is situated on Church Road, just ten minutes walk from all the amenities of Hugh Town and the Quay.Read more »

Bay Tree Cottage

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £650 - £1,400 per week

Bay Tree Cottage is a luxurious three bedroom detached cottage situated a mere two-minute walk away from the beautiful beach and cafes in the historic Old Town Bay.

Tastefully furnished throughout, the accommodation comprises three large bedrooms, two of which have en-suite facilities while the other enjoys its own adjacent bathroom, two reception rooms and a luxury dining kitchen.Read more »

Covean Cottage Guesthouse & Cafe

Bed & Breakfast
Dog friendly
St. Agnes 3 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £35 - £58.50 pppn

A traditional Cornish cottage guesthouse on the peaceful island of St. Agnes, within a short walk of the beach, Turk’s Head Inn and the quay.  Enjoy a delicious cream tea in the garden with freshly baked scones and locally made clotted cream, straight from the island’s dairy farm.  All of our 3 guestrooms have sea and garden views.Read more »

Harbour Lights & Smugglers Ride - Flat 12, 14 & 15

Self Catering
St. Mary's All year | £300 - £1,200 per week

Superb holiday apartments, quite literally on the beach, with fantastic sea, harbour and town views. Wifi and broadband available in all flats. Full information and current availability on our website.Read more »

Medlar - Lunnon Farm Cottages

Medlar - Lunnon Farm Cottages

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 5 | All year | £350 - £920 per week

Secluded traditional cottage with  private patio garden, on a working flower farm, and close to nature trails and coastal footpaths, in the beautiful south of St Mary's. We have tried to retain the traditional character, if possible exposing original granite walls and open beams. We hope you will be comfortable and enjoy spending time at 'Lunnon'. Read more »