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

Habitats & Wildlife

Tresco Abbey Garden

Beaches & Coastline

History & Archaeology

Flowers & Plants

Walks & Trails

Cultural Heritage

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife safaris in their 8m RIB FIREBRAND IV around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see Grey Atlantic seals, seabirds including Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots,Shearwaters,Fulmars,Cormorants,Shags and Various Gulls from April to mid July. and visit  some of the Islands shipwreck sites. We also visit many places of historical interest on our tours.  The 8 meter rib seats 10 passengers.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 »

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 »

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 »

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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Scented Narcissi

St. Mary's All year

Explore our new exhibition of the St Mary’s and St Agnes flower farmers, their history and flower farming at our shed located by St Mary’s Airport. 

Visit the home of Scented Narcissi: The Blue Box Flower Company. We send boxes of beautifully Scented Narcissi grown on the flower farms of St Mary’s and St Agnes.  Hand-picked and lovingly packed with care in midnight blue boxes.  Delivered by courier to you and your friends.Read more »

Optare

Island Rover

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

Especially designed with the 'Day Tripper' in mind.Read more »

Flying Boat Club Spa Pool

Flying Boat Spa

Tresco All year

Tresco's extraordinary natural environment is a tonic in itself, but for those looking for a little more TLC we have a beautifully appointed Spa where our friendly team of trained therapists are on hand to talk through the wide range of different treatments we are able to offer, whether it be a Marine Algae body wrap or a simple pedicure.Read more »

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 »

Picture of rib FirebrandIV

Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife safaris in their 8m RIB FIREBRAND IV around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see Grey Atlantic Seals, seabirds including Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots from April until mid July, and some of the Island's shipwreck sites.  We also visit many places of historical interest on our tours.  The 8 meter rib seats 10 and  Mark and his wife Susie  like to give you a full, friendly and informative commentary during the trip which also has plenty of good 'photo opportunities.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 »

Ruin Beach Cafe Terrace

Ruin Beach Cafe

Tresco All year

The Ruin Beach Café is open all day serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. At the heart of the restaurant – and the menu – is the wood-fired oven that produces delicious pizzas, roasts the succulent beef and fresh fish, as well as baking the bread.  It’s fuelled with island wood, and brings a real flavour of the Mediterranean to the cooking.Read more »

St Agnes Boating Wildlife Safaris

St. Agnes Apr-Sep

St Agnes Boating is working with the Seabird Recovery Project to promote the island’s wildlife. Every Wednesday our guide Darren Mason, a wildlife trust volunteer, is our guide on our popular Wildlife Safari. The Spirit travels to Annet, the protected island where the seabirds nest and then onto the Western Rocks towards the Bishop Rock Lighthouse every Wednesday afternoon. Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and other nesting seabirds should be seen from April to July.  Come along to find out why our customers say this trip is exciting, educational, informative and fun! Read more »

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 »

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 »

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Santa Maria Guest House

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 5 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £39 - £48 pppn

We have gained a reputation with our returning guests for providing excellent food and service in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. As resident hosts, the well being of our guests is of paramount importance to us.Read more »

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Pelistry Cottage

Pelistry Cottage

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 4 Rooms | All year | £40 - £45 pppn

Anne Hall welcomes you to Pelistry Cottage.  We are situated in the perfect location for exploring Scilly. We are in the heart of the small settlement of Hugh Town, St. Mary's, just a few minutes from its beautiful beaches, restaurants, shops, amenities and the quay where boats depart for the other islands.

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Altamira Top Floor

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £505 - £810 per week

If you are looking for a room with a view then look no further than Altamira, which in Spanish means ‘High Views’. This elegant, detached Victorian building is set in an elevated position in a quiet location just under a mile from Hugh Town and boasts spacious rooms to complement the stunning view of the town and harbour.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 »

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 »

The Wheelhouse Guest House

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 9 Rooms | All year | £45 - £52 pppn

The Wheelhouse is a family–run beachside guest house with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, offering bed and breakfast accommodation. We are in the perfect location – seconds away from the sands of Porthcressa Beach, around the corner from places to dine, drink and shop, and a short 5 minute stroll from the quay where the tripper boats depart.Read more »

Colossus, Warleggan

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £400 - £530 per week

Colossus 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 »

Christmas House

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 10 | All year | £1,650 - £2,350 per week

Christmas House is a large family home with a large garden in a quiet area with beautiful views. 8 minutes walk to the Town and Harbour.Read more »

Beggars Roost

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | £300 - £1,000 per week

Split-level detached house in a slightly elevated, quiet position with gardens and lovely views across Porth Cressa and to the off-islands. Porth Cressa Beach is just a few hundred yards away,  whilst the Town and Porthmellon beaches are easily accessible too. Restaurants, pubs, shops and the museum are only a short walk away.Read more »

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Serica at Glandore Apartments

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Feb-Nov | £370 - £735 per week

'Serica' is a comfortable, well-equipped 'bijou' apartment within our large, cream 1930s property, surrounded by nearly half an acre of private gardens, including a sunny patio with barbecue and a shaded ‘Library’ patio. Porthloo beach is only fifty yards from our gate and offers stunning views of the famous Scillonian sunsets.

 

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