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
  • UK Mainland

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

Island Highlights

Beaches & Coastline

History & Archaeology

Flowers & Plants

Walks & Trails

Cultural Heritage

Scilly gig boat

Habitats & Wildlife

Tresco Abbey Garden

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Parking for the Scillonian ferry

Scilly Parking

UK Mainland Mar-Nov

Make your daytrip easier, book your car in with Scilly Parking and have peace of mind. Scilly Parking take care of everything and provide secure car parking and a free park and ride service to Penzance Quay. Read more »

Smugglers Inn at the Airways Hotel

The Smugglers Inn at The Airways Hotel, near Newquay

UK Mainland 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 »

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 »

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 »

Scilly Parking

UK Mainland 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 »

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 »

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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Toots Taxi

St. Mary's All year

We are a friendly and reliable taxi service based on St. Mary’s, working seven days a week, including evenings and weekends.  We have two vehicles available for hire, one carrying four passengers and one carrying six passengers.  The larger vehicle has two integrated baby/booster seats so children can be transported safely and comfortably.  We are available for a quick taxi trip to get you from A to B, as well as more leisurely tours of the island.

We really look forward to being of service to you whilst you are on the islands.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 »

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 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 »

The Scilly Cart Co

St. Mary's

The Scilly Cart Co is a family owned and run business providing electric vehicles for use across St. Mary’s.  With flexible hiring options and easy to use carts, it’s a great way to discover the many varied and beautiful places on the island.  It is also ideal for people with reduced mobility who wish to explore.Read more »

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

The place to hire your bicycle on St Mary’s. We provide a full range of bicycles and accessories  to suit all ages and sizes. Pedal power for all the family. We provide a comprehensive service that lets you enjoy your stay here with peace of mind and all the time to follow the big yellow map and see St Mary’s at its best.Read more »

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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 »

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Falcon Boating

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 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 »

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 »

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St Mary's Riding Centre

St. Mary's All year

A warm welcome awaits you at St Mary's Riding Centre, the only horse riding establishment in the Isles of Scilly. Fully licenced, insured and a British Horse Society Approved Trekking Centre and Riding School.Read more »

The Sailing Centre

St. Mary's Apr-Sep

RYA & AALA licensed watersports centre offering instruction, hire & sales in windsurfing, sailing, powerboating & kayaking. Centres on St. Mary's & Tresco.Read more »

Flying Boat Club Restaurant Balcony

Flying Boat Club Restaurant

Tresco Feb-Nov

Situated above the beach at New Grimsby you can enjoy breathtaking views over to Bryher and along the Tresco Channel. It is the perfect location to watch the sunset in the evening. The Flying Boat Cafe is open during the day offering drinks, snacks and light lunches and the restaurant is also open for dinner three evenings a week, with seafood and fresh fish at the heart of the menu. Evening reservations are advisable and a children's menu is available.Read more »

Dial-a-Doux Taxi

St. Mary's All year

Your tour of St. Mary's will last approximately one hour, we endeavour to make your tour informative, interesting and humorous with various scenic stops for photographs. Read more »

Island Properties

St. Mary's All year

We offer comprehensive knowledge of the property market on the Isles of Scilly and can give expert advice on all aspects of buying, selling and leasing.

Details of all our properties on offer can be seen either on display on the High Street opposite Lloyds Bank or in our window opposite Spero's, Porthmellon Beach.Read more »

Splash dish

Phoenix Craft Workshops

St. Mary's All year

A co-operative of seven local artist and craftspeople working on the little Business Park at Porthmellon. Work includes paintings, printmaking, leather work, stained & fused glass, jewellery and fabric painting and printing. There is a gallery of work by more local artists upstairs. Computer and printer available for public use, or free WiFi if you have your own phone or tablet. Classes for children & adults are also available.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 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 »

Special offer
St Mary's Bike Shop

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's Jan-Dec

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 »

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Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife and RIB safaris around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see our seals, seabirds- including Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots (April to July) and visit wreck sites and places of historical interest. Our 8m RIB only seats 10 and we -Mark and Susie- like to give you a full, friendly and informative commentary with lots of photo opportunities. Read more »

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6 Lower Strand

6 Lower Strand

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £400 - £1,000 per week

A family home lovingly renovated to make a comfortable, smart house in a beautiful location for relaxing holidays. 6 Lower Strand is only minutes away from two sandy beaches and overlooks St Mary’s harbour. It is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and pubs of Hugh Town as well as the quay for boats to the other islands.Read more »

Fairways

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £750 - £1,450 per week

Only 2 minutes walk into town and yet enjoying stunning views over Porthcressa beach. Fairways is a beachside bungalow fully refurbished in recent years, offering modern, light,  comfortable accommodation .

Particularly suited to families or couples sharing. Great location for a relaxing Scilly holiday.Read more »

Rose Cottage

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 3 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £40 - £48 pppn

Overlooking the harbour on St Mary’s, Rose Cottage provides high quality, en-suite B&B accommodation with sea views from every room, Rose Cottage has a Four Star rating with a Silver Award and a Breakfast Award and is conveniently situated on the flat, just a few minutes walk to the restaurants, pubs, shops, quay and beaches.Read more »

7 Spanish Ledge

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £340 - £840 per week

Flat 7 Spanish Ledge is a spacious ground floor self-catering property in one of the original granite buildings on St. Marys. Sleeping four in two bedrooms, it is well equipped and presented to a high standard. Conveniently located near the centre of Hugh Town, close to shops, Porthcressa beach and the harbour it has a separate lounge and dining room.Read more »

Eagle, Warleggan

Eagle - Warleggan Holiday Apartments

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £310 - £410 per week

EAGLE apartment at ‘Warleggan’  in Church Street has a Wednesday to Wednesday booking.  A ground floor apartment for two persons with easy flat access to Hugh Town, and to Porthcressa Bay, both just a few minutes walk. Read more »

Castle View (right)

Castle View Cottage

Self Catering
Dog friendly
Bryher Sleeps 5 | All year | £690 - £1,090 per week

A peaceful and picturesque beach side Scilly holiday awaits you at Castle View on Bryher. Stroll down to the beach or grab your kite and head for the hills for an afternoon of quiet reflection. Enjoy the abundance of nature outside your door while you reconnect with family and friends taking life at a slower pace.Read more »

Special offer
Late availability

Kistvaen Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 3 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £43 - £45 pppn

Kistvaen has four stars and a breakfast award. We cater for all dietary requirements and each room has a refridgerator and tea and coffee making facilities. Read more »

Morgelyn

Halangy, Morgelyn

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £350 - £450 per week

Situated at the North of St Marys, Morgelyn offers a peaceful retreat in comfortable surroundings with stunning views as well as historical sights and beaches nearby.  McFarlands Down  is a quiet, unmade road with 20 or so houses surrounded by fields and downland (Halangy Down) leading to Pendrathen, Bants Carn Ancient village and Burial Chambers and Bar Point.Read more »

Special offer

6 Godolphin House

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 3 | All year | £395 - £495 per week

Godolphin House is a modern block of nine self-contained flats, a short walk to the shops of Hugh Town and close to three sandy beaches. 6 Godolphin House on the second floor and overlooking the Chaplaincy Gardens has been completely renovated, attractively furnished and is well equipped to provide a high standard of accommodation.  Two double bedrooms. Saturday changeover. Read more »

Minalto 4 Studio Apartment

Minalto 4

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £345 - £555 per week

This second floor studio apartment benefits from views to the harbour from the front and the Garrison to the rear and comfortably sleeps two in a double bed in the large dual aspect living area. The apartment also contains a well-equipped kitchenette and a modern bathroom with shower over the bath and heated towel rail.Read more »