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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 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

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 »

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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Polreath Tea Room

St. Martin's Apr-Sep

Delicious homebaked cakes, freshly prepared lunches, afternoon cream teas or just a local beer; a warm welcome awaits you in our conservatory, plantsman’s garden or traditional Scillonian glasshouse.

Open Sunday to Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm April to September.
Closed Saturdays. 

Lunch served 12 noon to 2pm. Cream teas available from 2.30pm.

Please note Polreath Tea Room will be closed on Sunday 21st September and Monday 22nd September 2014.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 »

Local St Martin's wines

St Martin's Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Come and see a working vineyard in action. Enjoy an informative tour and sample our unique selection of fine wines - or simply pop by the visitor centre and shop at your leisure. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (10.45am - 4.00pm) by appointment or when the gate is open!

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Seal on fin

Scilly Seal Snorkelling

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Come to St Martin's for a fabulous, award winning, wildlife experience. Snorkel with the seals and get close to these elegant creatures in their natural environment.  All the equipment you will need is supplied and you don't require any previous experience.   Read more »

Round Island Crepes at Porthcressa Beach

Round Island Crepes

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

At the Round Island Crepe tricycle you will find a delicious selection of hot, sweet and savoury crepes, cooked to order with a wide variety of fillings. Trading on and around the Porthcressa beach area, lunchtimes and evenings.Read more »

The Island Bakery

St. Martin's Apr-Oct

Alongside a selection of artisan breads and rolls, we also have a range of savoury options perfect for a picnic lunch or supper. These include traditional Cornish pasties, pies, tarts and pizzas. For those with a sweet tooth we also have an ever changing selection of homemade cakes. All handmade and freshly prepared on the premises from scratch.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 »

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 »

Local St Martin's wines

St Martin's Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Come and see a working vineyard in action. Enjoy an informative tour and sample our unique selection of fine wines - or simply pop by the visitor centre/shop at your leisure. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (11.00am - 4.00pm) by appointment or when the gate is open!Read more »

The Pilot's Gig Restaurant

St. Mary's All year

Hayden and Laurie-Ann re-opened the Pilot's Gig Restaurant in 2013. Passionate about local produce they source their fish from the quay, just 50m away! Offering late openings, WIFI, and BYOB nights, this underground treasure is full of Scilly character.Read more »

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Dolphins

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £610 - £1,365 per week

Attractive granite house by the bay in Old Town yet only a 15 minute stroll into Hugh Town.

Perfect location for a relaxing family holiday.

A secluded patio garden overlooks the beach, ideal for alfresco dining.

Master bedroom with seaviews.Read more »

Special offer
Late availability
Shippen

Shippen - Veronica Farm

Self Catering
Bryher Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £310 - £980 per week

Veronica Farm is a former daffodil farm situated at the sheltered southern end of Bryher overlooking the channel between Bryher and Tresco. All three cottages, Fernside, Shippen and Hebe have spectacular sea views and are just moments walk from the sea shore. Read more »

Merrions Holiday Cottage and Chalet

Self Catering
St. Martin's Sleeps 4 | All year | £475 - £725 per week

Our two self catering properties are situated in Higher Town, overlooking the Bay towards the Eastern Isles, and only two minutes stroll to the nearest beaches. Both units have been refurbished to a high standard, with the emphasis on character and comfort. Val and Graham offer a warm welcome to St Martin's.Read more »

Ardwyn

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £380 - £500 per week

Ardwyn is a sunny, light, ground floor flat just a five minute walk from both town centre and quay. A 50 metre walk from Porthcressa Beach and access to stunning coastal walks. Recently refurbished it offers a high standard of accommodation. A pleasant, sheltered courtyard with comfortable seating is offered for exclusive use by our guests.Read more »

Stable 1, St Martin's

Stable 1, St Martin's

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Martin's Sleeps 2 | All year | £470 - £795 per week

Good quality self catering cottages in former stables block, close to all amenities. Both cottages have gardens.Read more »

Lunnon Farm Cottage

Lunnon Farm Cottage

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £380 - £900 per week

Secluded self-catering cottage, sleeps 4, with private garden, on a working flower farm, and close to nature trails and coastal footpaths in the verdant 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 »

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 »

Mincarlo

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 11 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £37 - £51 pppn

Mincarlo is set in a fantastic location in a quiet corner of the bay, with magnificent views across the harbour and out to sea. Light, airy rooms; relaxed, laid-back feel and direct access down to the beach from the front terrace garden. Great breakfasts with locally sourced ingredients; environmentally friendly business. Read more »

Special offer
1 Porthcressa View

1 Porthcressa View

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £626 - £1,310 per week

Here at Porthcressa Properties we have everything you need to make your stay with us as relaxing and enjoyable as possible; from comfortable beds, DVD player, iPod dock to a well-equipped kitchen, every need is catered for.

The open-plan layout downstairs provides a spacious and airy living area, then step outside the front door, cross the road and you’ll find yourself on beautiful Porthcressa beach, perfect! Read more »

Special offer
Late availability
Schiller, Warleggan

Schiller, Warleggan Holiday Apartments

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £375 - £440 per week

Schiller is a ground floor, twin bedded apartment for two persons, newly refurbished for 2014.  Flat access to Town, Porthcressa Bay and the harbour, just a few minutes away.Read more »