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
  • St. Mary's
  • St. Agnes
  • St. Martin's
  • Bryher
  • Tresco

Island Highlights

Beaches & Coastline

History & Archaeology

Flowers & Plants

Walks & Trails

Cultural Heritage

Scilly gig boat

Habitats & Wildlife

Tresco Abbey Garden

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Scilly Park & Ride

St. Mary's 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 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 »

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 »

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 »

Smugglers Inn at the Airways Hotel

The Smugglers Inn at The Airways Hotel, near Newquay

St. Mary's 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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St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

The place to hire your bicycle on St Mary’s. Pedal power for all the family. Bikes for all ages and sizes. Full repair and back up service. Follow the big yellow map and see St Mary’s at its best.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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

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 »

Book a Bike on Scilly

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

St Martin's Dive School

St. Martin's Mar-Oct

Scilly is renowned for its clear water and abundant marine life and we can provide diving opportunities for all levels of experience. All your equipment can be supplied.Read more »

Flying Boat Club 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 »

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 »

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 »

Scilly wedding bands

Fay Page

St. Martin's All year

Jewellery for your wedding made in ScillyRead more »

Active Scilly

St. Mary's All year

The Council of the Isles of Scilly provides some great community facilities. Just out of Hugh Town by the new school, there's a newly equipped gym with qualified instructors on hand, and the Queen Elizabeth Sport's Hall just next door, together with a large astroturf field. Further up country at Normandy, an indoor swimming pool offers open sessions, swimming lessons and aquafit. Contact Active Scilly on 01720 424373 or visit www.activescilly.co.uk to find out about all the sport and fitness activities that you can add to your holiday on Scilly.Read more »

Tanglewood Kitchen @ The Post Office

St. Mary's All year

Diverse food retail shop @ The Post Office on St Mary's, specialising in homemade ready meals, fresh fish and IOS shellfish, gourmet sandwiches, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.Read more »

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St Martin's Campsite

St Martin's Campsite

Camping
Dog friendly
St. Martin's 50 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £9.50 - £11.50 pppn

St Martin’s Campsite is the only campsite on Scilly to be awarded four stars by Visit England. We work very hard to retain this high standard and hope that it shows.Read more »

Clemy's Cottage

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £550 - £1,200 per week

Clemy’s Cottage is a newly refurbished well–appointed self–catering holiday cottage situated in a quiet back water less than 50 yards from Porthcressa beach and 3 minutes walking distance from Hugh Town.

This lovely cottage provides your family and guests a central location to the main facilities of the island in Hugh Town, a perfect base to explore the beautiful islands.Read more »

Harbour Lights & Smugglers Ride - Flat 12, 14 & 15

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 3 | All year | £300 - £1,200 per week

Superb holiday apartments, quite literally on the beach, with fantastic sea, harbour and town views. Wifi and broadband available in all flats. Full information and current availability on our website.Read more »

Blue Carn Cottage

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 2 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £35 - £42 pppn

Character granite cottage where a warm Scillonian welcome awaits you as we continue the tradition of generations of Scillonian flower growers welcoming guests into the farmhouse.

With views over gardens and Old Town, we are only one minute walk from the beach, and 15 minutes walk from Hugh Town. See our recommendation in 'Lonely Planet'.Read more »

April Cottage B&B

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 2 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £42 - £44 pppn

April Cottage B&B takes pride in providing our guests with award winning service, accommodation and food. Home to local Scillonian Boatman Alec Hicks and Cornish wife Louise. Located just a few minutes’ walk from Hugh Town, three beaches, restaurants, local amenities and quay, where passenger boats depart daily to the various off-islands. Read more »

South Tinks

South Tinks

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £295 - £530 per week

Nestled in the heart of St Mary's in Holy Vale, a lovely quiet ancient wooded valley in the heart of St Mary's, this converted barn offers good quality accommodation in a perfect position for exploring the island.

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Avoca Hoopers

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

Set in an elevated position this 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 »

Polreath Guest House

Bed & Breakfast
St. Martin's 3 Rooms | Apr-Sep | £50 - £55 pppn

Delicious home-cooking, stunning gardens, far-reaching sea views, comfortable bedrooms and friendly hosts; just a taste of what’s to come when you stay at Polreath. We also have a Visit England Breakfast Award and serve evening meals three nights a week.Read more »

Trevessa

Trevessa

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £535 - £1,250 per week

Trevessa is a traditional Scillonian granite cottage located on The Parade in Hugh Town, St Mary’s. It has a contemporary interior and a private front and rear garden. Trevessa is a perfect base for a family holiday.Read more »

Slippen at Glandore Apartments

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Feb-Nov | £360 - £715 per week

'Slippen' is a ground floor apartment within our large, cream 1930s property, surrounded by nearly half an acre of private gardens. This apartment has its own private sunny south facing garden with stone patio and barbecue. Porthloo beach is only fifty yards from our gate and offers stunning views of the famous Scillonian sunsets.Read more »