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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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 »

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 »

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 »

A few of our first visitors

Westwinds Car Park, Land's End

UK Mainland All year

A Family run business located next to the airport at lands end. We offer Parking for £4 per day On Our Secure and Private Land.

Supervison 24/7 - Discounts available - Friendly and reliable

 

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Special offer

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

Tresco Boat Services

Tresco All year

Tresco Boat Services, serving Tresco, Bryher and St Martin's, offer 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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The gardens at Polreath Tea Room.

Polreath Tea Room

St. Martin's Apr-Sep

Delicious homebaked cakes, freshly prepared lunches, afternoon cream teas or just a local beer; a warm welcome awaits you in our conservatory, plantsman’s garden or traditional Scillonian glasshouse.

Open Sunday to Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Closed Saturdays. 

Lunch served 12 noon to 2pm. Cream teas available from 2.30pm.

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Scilly Flowers

St. Martin's All year

For over 20 years Scilly Flowers, based at Churchtown Farm, on the small island of St Martin’s, has been sending gift boxes of scented flowers direct from our farm, through the post to any UK address. As well as sending our postal gifts we are also able to supply flowers for weddings and other special occassions.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 »

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 »

The Isles of Scilly Golf Club

St. Mary's All year

The most south westerly course in England, its beauty is unique and must be seen if visiting St Mary's.

We are open all year, to members and non-members for golf and our welcoming clubhouse for refreshing drinks, fresh home-cooked food and a large balcony to take in some of the best panoramic views of the Islands.Read more »

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 »

Troytown Farm Shop

St. Agnes All year

Troytown Farm is the only dairy farm in Scilly. Milking 9 dairy cows, it might also be the smallest in the country. Farming on a small scale works for us, as we process the milk in our little dairy and make very special ice cream, clotted cream, butter and yogurt to sell direct to our customers from our farm shop.

Recommended by Cool Places.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 »

The Tanglewood Kitchen Company @ The Post Office

Taste of the West Award
St. Mary's All year

Diverse food retail shop @ The Post Office on St Mary's, specialising in award winning homemade ready meals, fresh fish and IOS shellfish, gourmet 'best in town' sandwiches, freshly baked individual quiche daily, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.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 and shop at your leisure. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (10.45am - 4.00pm) by appointment or when the gate is open!

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Chy Carn

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 10 | All year | £1,450 - £2,450 per week

Luxury extremely well appointed five bedroom house with spectacular views, in a perfect location with a large garden. Monday changeover. Minutes from beaches, town, quay and coast walks.Read more »

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 Crow's Nest, Smuggler's Ride

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £240 - £490 per week

Fabulous location, fantastic sea view. Sunny flat with double bed and shower. Direct access through courtyard to the beach. Overlooking harbour and within 10 minutes walk of the quay, three beaches, shops, restaurants and pubs.Read more »

Exterior view of The Lookout

The Lookout

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 2 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £38 - £38 pppn

The Lookout is a friendly and relaxed B & B, situated in a peaceful corner overlooking Porthcressa Bay, just a few yards from the beach and only a short walk to all amenities and the harbour. We offer comfortable and spacious accommodation with fabulous sea views from both guest bedrooms.Read more »

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 »

Central, quiet location

Schooners Hotel

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 12 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £45 - £95 pppn

Book 7 nights or more and we will take you for a complimetary sail in our 60' sailing boat.Read more »

Dunmallard, Upper Flat

Dunmallard (Upper Flat)

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Apr-Oct | £390 - £520 per week

A light spacious flat for 2 people in a quiet position off the road, just a short level walk to the harbour and Porthcressa beach. Separate lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with electric shower. The bedroom has a double bed. Electricity, bed linen and towels are included. Friday changeover. Visit our website for more details and availability.Read more »

Dunmallard, Lower Flat

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Apr-Oct | £340 - £465 per week

Very comfortable, quiet and spacious ground floor flat. Central location, just a short stroll to Hugh Town, the Quay, Town Beach and Porthcressa Beach. Sleeps two and is fully re-furnished and decorated to a high standard. Twin bedroom includes plenty of storage. There is also a shower room/toilet, large kitchen/diner and a light, spacious lounge with sofa bed.Read more »

Late availability
The Moos garden

The Moos, Unit A

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £410 - £600 per week

Country location situated near the south coastline, close to Pelistry beach and Porth Hellick bay and downs.  Shared garden. Bus stops outside.Read more »

Santamana

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 2 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £32 - £38 pppn

A small, friendly guesthouse with panoramic sea and Island views just a short stroll from the centre of Hugh Town and its beaches. A great place to unwind with tastefully decorated rooms and hearty breakfasts. See our excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.Read more »