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

Flowers & Plants

Walks & Trails

Cultural Heritage

Scilly gig boat

Habitats & Wildlife

Tresco Abbey Garden

Beaches & Coastline

History & Archaeology

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Shopping assisted by Scilly Cart Co.

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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North Farm Gallery

St. Martin's All year

North Farm Gallery is set in a charming converted barn on St Martin’s. Showcasing the work of all the island's artists, the Gallery houses a stunning collection of paintings, prints, jewellery, pottery and crafts, along with locally produced gifts, cards and books. Open from 10am – 5pm every day from April to October.Read more »

The Turks Head

St. Agnes All year

The most south westerly pub in Britain in a magnificent location - one of the best views from a pub garden anywhere in the UK! Take a boat trip over for an evening drink. Open throughout the season serving delicious food, CAMRA ales, whiskies and rums.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 »

49 Degrees

St. Mary's All year

49 Degrees Clothing, The Original Island Brand......Known locally as ''The IOS Store''. 49 Degrees offers the very best selection of clothing and accessories for all the family. 

The IOS Brand....the longest established clothing store in Scilly...worn all over the world...come in and tell us where you have spotted one!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 »

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 »

The Clubhouse Bar/Restaurant (Golf Club)

St. Mary's All year

We are a relaxed and informal Golf Club open to everyone, with a bowling green, bar and restaurant. Outside seating with the best views across St Mary’s harbour, Samson, Bryher and Tresco.Read more »

Radio Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Listen to us on 107.9FM or online through www.radioscilly.com or www.scillytoday.com. Tune in for local events and news, accurate island weather and inter-island boat times every morning, just before 9.15am. The perfect way to prepare for your holiday on Scilly, or to reminisce once you get home.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 Atlantic Inn

St. Mary's All year

A charming pub located on the harbour in the heart of St Mary's, one of St Austell Brewery's finest. Interiors ooze character and enticing menus have an emphasis on local produce - sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery with a fine ale.Read more »

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Sunnyside Holiday Flats

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £285 - £660 per week

Sunnyside is a granite farmhouse, built before 1900 which has been converted into three self-catering holiday flats sleeping either two or four persons. The flats are part of Sunnyside Farm, 32 acres of which are used for the production of scented narcissus from October to April. Located in the centre of St Mary's, one mile from Hugh Town, there are pleasant walks in all directions to beaches, coastal footpaths, nature trails and moorland.Read more »

Penhallow

Penhallow

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 3 Rooms | All year | £35 - £35 pppn

Welcome to Penhallow, a modern, spacious Scillonian home. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac 6 minutes from the Town centre.

Our en-suite rooms are light and comfortably furnished with flat screen televisions, toiletries and tea and coffee facilities.

We offer a choice of cooked breakfasts as well as lighter options using homemade and local ingredients as much as possible.Read more »

Special offer
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 »

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 »

Star Castle

Star Castle Hotel

Hotels
Dog friendly
St. Mary's 38 Rooms | Feb-Dec | £92 - £198 pppn

A family run hotel located on the Garrison a short walk from the centre of St Mary’s and the harbour, commanding breathtaking views of the stunning Archipelago. Our focus is to provide exceptional customer service to all our guests, award winning gourmet food with a choice of two award winning restaurants featuring fresh lobster and crab caught by the proprietor Mr Robert Francis aboard ‘Gallos’ the hotel’s own fishing boat.Read more »

Churchtown Farm

Churchtown Farm - Middle Cottage Apartment

Self Catering
St. Martin's Sleeps 3 | Mar-Nov | £495 - £800 per week

Set in the heart of Highertown with sea views from nearly every window and a short stroll from some of Scilly’s best beaches, the apartment is furnished in a relaxed, comfortable, modern style and has a spacious garden with a large summer house. Middle Cottage is next to our flower farm so we are close by to help you make the most of your holiday.Read more »

Special offer

Isles of Scilly Country Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast
Dog friendly
St. Mary's 16 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £37 - £57 pppn

A quiet and peaceful location with an off-island feel, yet still on the main island of St. Mary’s with its shops, services and boat trips. 

Wake up to the sound of nothing but gentle birdsong. Enjoy views over fields, abundant wildlife and pure nature on your doorstep. Get away from it all. 

We welcome all; groups, families, couples, individuals, even pets!Read more »

Sea Garden Cottages

Self Catering
Tresco Sleeps 10 | All year | £1,615 - £6,550 per week

The seven larger Sea Garden cottages sleep between six and ten people and are available to rent by the week. Each property is beautifully appointed and has panoramic sea views. There is an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym for guests’ use.Read more »

Garrison House Apartment

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £380 - £1,500 per week

Garrison House Apartment is situated in an elevated position within the historic Garrison walls on St Mary’s and has stunning panoramic sea views that extend across the harbour and off-islands. It is a two-minute walk from the shops, restaurants and quay. The bedrooms are ensuite. Dogs accepted by prior arrangement. Read more »

Special offer

The Hideaway

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £395 - £590 per week

Bright south facing twin bedded apartment with central location close to shops, restaurants and the quay.

Fully modernised and well equipped.

A great base for a holiday on Scilly.Read more »