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

Tresco Abbey Garden

Beaches & Coastline

History & Archaeology

Flowers & Plants

Walks & Trails

Cultural Heritage

Scilly gig boat

Habitats & Wildlife

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

A few of our first visitors

Westwinds Car Park, Land's End

UK Mainland All year

A Family run business located next to the airport in lands end. We offer Parking for £4 per day. On Our Secure and Private Land.

Access to the car park is through two sets of galvanised steel gates which are padlocked each night. We Also Have electric Stock fencing in place.

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Special offer

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 »

Pilot Cutter Agnes

Classic Sailing Fleet - Tall Ships and Traditional Boats

UK Mainland Apr-Sep

Sail to Scilly from the mainland as ‘hands on’ crew on our fleet of pilot cutters, luggers, and historic sailing ships. Once in the archipelago, enjoy different anchorages, explore ashore and island hop under sail.

Classic Sailing offer 6 or 7 day sailing holidays with a skipper as your guide. We provide freshly cooked meals and accommodation on board characterful wooden vessels for a fantastic Scillies adventure.Read more »

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Tresco Boat Services

Tresco All year

Tresco Boat Services, serving Tresco, Bryher and St Martin's, offer all the waterborne services you need to get the most from your visit to the Isles of Scilly.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 »

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 »

Sea Quest Glass Bottomed Boat in St Mary's Harbour

'Sea Quest' Glass Bottomed Boat

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

A trip around various uninhabited islands for seals, seabirds (Puffins in season) viewing the seabed as you travel around and land on the island(s) of the day for approx 4 hours or return to St. Mary’s 13:00. Morning trips depart at 10.30.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 »

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 »

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

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 »

Special offer

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 »

Optare Metro-Rider at Porthlow

Island Rover

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

We operate bus tours of St Mary's. Each tour lasts approximately 70 minutes and includes a full commentary by a talented and gifted driver/guide.Read more »

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Troytown Farm Shop

St. Agnes All year

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 »

Kaffeehaus Salbei

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

The Kaffeehaus is Isles of Scilly Country Guest House's own onsite and unique cafe. It was established in 2003 and specialises in Bavarian delicacies such as Apfelstrudel and fresh German Bread. As well as providing delicious homemade cakes and classic lunchtime dishes, we are licensed to sell alcohol.Read more »

Ceramics by Vickie Heaney

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. (see activities page for more details)Read more »

St Martin's wines in basket

St Martin's Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Enjoy an informative tour and purchase some of our unique fine wines. We produce a selection of five wines at the vineyard - 3 whites, 1 rose and 1 red - all crisp, and all cultivated to mature in cooler maritime climates.  In total we produce approximately 2,000 bottles of wine each year. Our shop and visitor centre is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (11.00am - 4.00pm). Read more »

The Mermaid Inn

St. Mary's All year

Your first port of call on St Mary’s. You will always find real ales flowing in our traditional bar and quality cuisine in our contemporary restaurant and bistro.

Open every day for food and drink.Read more »

Scilly wedding bands

Fay Page

St. Martin's All year

Jewellery for your wedding made in ScillyRead more »

Book a Bike on Scilly

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

The Isles of Scilly Golf Club

St. Mary's All year

The most south westerly course in England, its beauty is unique and must be seen if visiting St Mary's.

We are open all year, to members and non-members for golf and our welcoming clubhouse for refreshing drinks, fresh home-cooked food and a large balcony to take in some of the best panoramic views of the Islands.Read more »

Chris Hall Photography

St. Mary's All year

Widely regarded as a contemporary photographer, Chris is well known for his creativity and visual storytelling. From fashion to unique weddings to beautiful family images, Chris brings out the best in any situation creating images you can treasure.Read more »

Coastguards Cafe

St. Agnes Mar-Oct

Situated above Santa Warna Cove on St Agnes, behind the Coastguard Cottages with one of the wildest views in the UK. This cool family owned cafe serves great coffee, delicious homemade lunches, cakes and cream teas using local produce. Wifi access and lots of seating inside and out.Read more »

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An Oberva

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £200 - £800 per week

An Oberva is a modern first floor flat in Hugh Town.  The flat is in a quiet location just a couple of minutes walk from beautiful Porthcressa Beach. 

The flat is conveniently located in Hugh Town within walking distance of shops, pubs and all amenities. It is a short walk from the quay where the Scillonian docks and launches visit the off islands daily.Read more »

Morgelyn

Creeb, Morgelyn

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | May-Oct | £300 - £360 per week

Situated at the North of St Marys, Morgelyn offers a peaceful retreat in comfortable surroundings with stunning views, 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

Cedar Cottage

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £750 - £1,525 per week

Three beautiful self-catering cottages situated on the historic Garrison. They are in an area of outstanding natural beauty, on the glorious island of St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly.

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Special offer

Shearwater Guest House

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 6 Rooms | All year | £35 - £43 pppn

Shearwater is a 250 year old sea captain’s cottage built on a sandy isthmus overlooking a palm tree flower garden. It is a modern, friendly, family run, centrally heated guest house. We are on the level walking just minutes to the shops, restaurants, beaches and harbour where pleasure boats run daily to the off islands. A local boatman pops in every morning to give the St Mary’s Boatman’s Association boating report.Read more »

Demelza

Demelza

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £410 - £610 per week

Demelza is a four star Gold rated garden apartment, situated just a short walk from the centre of Hugh Town, the harbour area & ever popular Porthmellon Beach. The apartment is perfectly equipped for an all year round break, having central heating & private access to a sunny decked area.  Read more »

Special offer
Dunmallard, Upper Flat

Dunmallard (Upper Flat)

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Apr-Oct | £390 - £520 per week

A light spacious flat for 2 people in a quiet position off the road, just a short level walk to the harbour and Porthcressa beach. Separate lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with electric shower. The bedroom has a double bed. Electricity, bed linen and towels are included. Friday changeover. Visit our website for more details and availability.Read more »

Moorings, Customs House

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £795 - £1,825 per week

Moorings apartment is in an outstanding harbour view location in the centre of Hugh Town. Modern and stylishly refurbished, it is part of  a Grade II listed building.  Alfesco dining is a must in the private courtyard.  A perfect base for a luxury Scilly holiday.Read more »

White House Holidays

Self Catering
Bryher Sleeps 2 | All year | £490 - £990 per week

The Fo'c'stle and The Crow's Nest, two new apartments are available for booking now. They are situated in a unique position right at the eastern edge of Bryher with spectacular views overlooking Tresco Channel and Cromwell's Castle.Read more »

Flat 14, The Mizzen, Harbour Lights

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 3 | All year | £300 - £670 per week

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

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Porthcressa in summer with cable layer bring cable ashore

Elsinore

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 1 Room | Apr-Oct | £45 - £50 pppn

Elsinore B&B is situated within the historic Garrison(Castle)Walls 

Lovely sea views, beautiful garden, 5 minutes walk to the town, 8 minutes to the quay and boats. We are situated on the circular Garrison (Castle Wall) walk, in a quiet elevated part of St. Mary's.

We hope to give you a comfortable, friendly and enjoyable holiday in our heavenly islands.Read more »