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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Westwinds Car Park, Land's End

UK Mainland All year

Located Next to lands end airport

1 mins walk from the main terminal

This car park offers short and long term stays

Discount with advance bookings.

Easy access from the B3306 and the A30.

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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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Picture of rib Firebrand IV

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 »

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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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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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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 »

The cafe at Tresco Abbey Gardens Visitor Centre

Tresco Garden Visitors Centre & Cafe

Tresco Mar-Oct

The Visitor Centre on Tresco is situated at the entrance to the world famous Abbey Garden. Along with a history room and a wonderful gift shop you will find the bright and welcoming cafe where light lunches and delicious cakes are on offer. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and snacks. There is plenty of indoor seating or enjoy the colourful cafe garden where you can keep an eye out for our beautiful red squirrels.Read more »

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. Free helmets supplied . Follow the big yellow map and see St Mary’s at its best. Full recovery service if there's a puncture.
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The Sandpiper

St. Mary's All year

At Sandpiper we pride ourselves on our sustainable clothing and accessories range from brands such as Braintree Bamboo and Hemp. We also stock famous brands like Weird Fish and Raging Bull. With inspirational and quality giftware sourced from local and Cornish origins we have something for all...pop in...we'd love to see you!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 »

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 »

Spero’s Beach Café & Restaurant

St. Mary's All year

Speros is perfectly situated on Porthmellon Beach with stunning views overlooking the harbour. Lively, friendly beach café by day, relaxed, vibrant restaurant by evening. Spero's use local produce wherever possible, providing great home cooked food with a friendly service.Read more »

Enjoy the view from Juliet's Garden

Juliet's Garden Restaurant and Bar

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

Juliet's Garden is a well established, family run business which was created over 30 years ago on Seaways Farm, overlooking the harbour and seascape. Above Porthloo on St Mary's, its friendly atmosphere and fresh food have made it a great favourite with visitors and locals alike.Read more »

Bryher Shop

Bryher All year

Freshly baked bread, deli, pasties, picnic food and local produce. A general store with an amazing array of stock including beach toys and camping equipment. Come and try a slice of our famous Scillonian Tattie cake - personally sampled by HRH Prince Charles!Read more »

The Sevenstones pub sign

The Seven Stones Inn

St. Martin's All year

Recently refurbished, family run free house, taking pride in serving a good pint with arguably the best pub view in the world. Home to live music, comedy, theatre & film screenings. Lunch & supper served daily.Read more »

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Hebe

Hebe - Veronica Farm

Self Catering
Bryher Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £300 - £850 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 »

Connemara Farm

Self Catering
St. Martin's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £490 - £740 per week

Connemara Farmhouse is close to the beach and is within a few hundred yards of the post office, shop, and acclaimed bakery.

 

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The Barn Exterior

The Barn

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Dec | £375 - £695 per week

The accommodation is well-presented throughout and sleeps two guests in a double bedroom. The lounge is a generous size and comfortably incorporates a pleasant dining space while the kitchen is fully equipped and the bathroom includes a shower over the bath. Externally, the Barn benefits further from having a good garden space and private patio.Read more »

Minmow

Minmow Holiday Flats - Flat 1

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £288 - £530 per week

Minmow is a spacious, comfortable spilt level ground floor self catering accommodation near the centre of Hugh Town. The property has fantastic views across the road to the green and the harbour. The flats make up two separate properties beside each other in a row of traditional buildings along the Strand in Hugh Town. Allowing easy access to the shops, beaches and quay for inter island boats.Read more »

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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3 Spanish Ledge

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £410 - £545 per week

Flat 3 is on the first floor and accommodates two guests in a twin bedroom. The remaining internal layout comprises a shower room and an open-plan lounge/diner with a kitchenette.Read more »

Haycocks lounge and view from the balcony

Haycocks, 26 Sally Port

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 5 | All year | £570 - £975 per week

Haycocks is a family owned house which is available for holiday rental throughout most of the year.  We use it ourselves and view it as our ‘other home’ so it is furnished and equipped to a very high standard.  Changeover day is usually a Thursday though other days can be accommodated in low season.Read more »

Bracken

Bracken, Hillside Farm

Self Catering
Dog friendly
Bryher Sleeps 4 | All year | £300 - £1,120 per week

We are a small working farm situated in the centre of Bryher. In spring and summer we grow and sell vegetables, salad crops, strawberries, cut flowers and free range eggs from our roadside stall outside the farmhouse.Read more »

Ajax Holidays

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £400 - £750 per week

Ajax is a superb flat for four people. Perfectly situated just a stroll from Hugh Town, Ajax has stunning, panoramic views across the bay, out towards Tresco and the off islands. Regularly used by the owners, Ajax is maintained to a high standard, with a newly fitted kitchen in 2010 and bathroom in 2012. Wi-fi has been installed for 2015.Read more »

Bank Cottage Guesthouse

Bank Cottage Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast
Bryher 4 Rooms | May-Oct | £56 - £60 pppn

Bank Cottage Guesthouse is a spectacularly located holiday accommodation at the sea’s edge on Bryher and has received the Gold Award for its quality and service. All guest rooms are ensuite with spectacular seaviews towards the Western Rocks, overlooking our sub tropical garden.Read more »