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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Lightning and Voyager on St Martin's

St Martin's Boat Services

St. Martin's All year

A friendly and professional service to cater for all your boating needs to and from St Martin's. We have two boats - Voyager and Lightning. We meet every Scillonian III sailing during the season or if you're flying in to the Isles of Scilly, just give us a call and we'll meet you at St Mary's Quay to take you and your luggage across to St Martin's to get your holiday underway. And whilst you are staying on St Martin's why not enjoy some day trips and scenic tours across all the islands?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 »

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Scilly wedding bands

Fay Page

St. Martin's All year

Jewellery for your wedding made in ScillyRead 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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

Plowman's Food Company

St. Mary's All year

Opened in May 2012, Plowman's Food Co. prides itself on providing visitors and locals on the Isles of Scilly with the freshest food and best quality produce.

Our meat is sourced from Cornwall and the Westcountry and from around the Islands when possible. We sell everything from roasting joints, to stewing steaks to handmade burgers for the barbecue.

Our bread is handmade on the premises every morning and our sandwiches, rolls and baguettes are freshly filled. We sell Cornish pasties, sausage rolls, cakes and pastries as well as a variety of Cornish and local produce.Read more »

Carefully packing flowers ready for distribution

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 »

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 »

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 »

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Rocky Hill Chalets

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Apr-Oct | £330 - £670 per week

Ideally situated on a flower farm with private lawns within a large garden. Close to town, beaches and nature trail.Read more »

The Guard House

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £600 - £2,600 per week

The historic Guard House is located on the Garrison, St Mary's. It's private garden terrace has panoramic sea views and the beautiful interior is equipped to the highest standards.Read more »

8 Buzza Street

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £365 - £495 per week

A cottage, built in excess of 150 years ago, one of a row of typical fishermen's cottages situated very close to Porthcressa beach and centrally situated for the town's amenities. The cottage has been very tastefully renovated, attractively furnished and well equipped to provide accommodation of a high standard. One double bedroom. Wednesday changeover.  Read more »

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Verona

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £745 - £1,295 per week

Verona is a large detached bungalow situated on Church Rd. It has large gardens to the front and rear making it an ideal property for families and children. Recently updated. Sleeps 6.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 »

Avoca Hoopers exterior

Avoca Hoopers

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Apr-Oct | £490 - £570 per week

Set in an elevated position, Avoca Hoopers is a spacious ground floor apartment is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The accommodation comprises of a large living area that adjoins a galley kitchen which is equipped with all that is needed to enjoy a restful break. The double bedroom is furnished with zip and link beds that allow easy conversion to a twin room.Read more »

3 Buccabu Flat

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £350 - £495 per week

This stylish second floor studio flat in The Strand, the main thoroughfare which runs around St Mary’s Harbour, has been fully refurbished and modernised to an immaculate standard throughout and is embellished with elegant furniture, fixtures and fittings.Read more »

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 »

5 Golden Bay

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Dec | £500 - £1,420 per week

Recently refurbished, the accommodation consists of three double or twin bedrooms, whichever configuration is required (one en-suite), a spacious and contemporary kitchen/diner opening into the panoramic lounge and a large, walk-in shower room. Its position on the second floor makes the views particularly stunning.Read more »

View of Lower Anchorage from the harbour

Lower Anchorage

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 5 | All year | £750 - £1,250 per week

Lower Anchorage is a spacious and tastefully decorated two-bedroomed waterside apartment offering stunning, uninterrupted harbour views.Read more »