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

Walks & Trails

Cultural Heritage

Scilly gig boat

Habitats & Wildlife

Tresco Abbey Garden

Beaches & Coastline

History & Archaeology

Flowers & Plants

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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 »

Special offer

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

St Mary's Bike Shop

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. Full repair and back up service. Follow the big yellow map and see St Mary’s at its best.Read more »

Special offer

The Mermaid Inn

St. Mary's All year

Your first port of call on St Mary’s. You will always find real ales flowing in our traditional bar and quality cuisine in our contemporary restaurant and bistro.

Open every day for food and drink.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 »

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 »

Scilly Flowers Scented Pinks

Scilly Flowers

St. Martin's All year

Scilly Flowers based at Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s is Scilly’s postal flower service. We send gift boxes of scented flowers to any UK address all year round.  In the winter we grow and send Scented Narcissi and in the summer, Scented Pinks.  If you are on St Martin’s, pop into the farm and see what we do.Read 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 »

Tresco Stores

Tresco All year

From every day essentials to gourmet items, we have a wide selection of produce that will satisfy fussy kids as well as the most discerning foodie. We understand the needs of families staying on the island, especially those with small children, and you can be assured that we are well stocked with major food brands, nappies and other baby and infant paraphernalia. We also stock every day essentials for those self-catering, so you don’t need fill your suitcase up with biscuits and breakfast cereal!Read more »

Island Rover tour bus

Island Rover

St. Mary's All year

A gentle ride around the island with a light hearted but informative commentary, stopping at selected viewpoints for photos. Read more »

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White Horses

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 8 | All year | £1,290 - £2,055 per week

Architect – designed large detached property located in an elevated position within the historic Garrison Walls. Fabulous panoramic sea and island views with extensive landscaped gardens. The perfect base for a relaxing family holiday just a few minutes walk from all the amenities of Hugh Town.Read more »

Garrison Campsite

Camping
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Mar-Oct | £8.80 - £11 pppn

Garrison Holidays – the perfect base to explore the Isles of Scilly. A 9.5 acre site with lots of room to pitch a tent, a stunning campsite located on the historic Garrison on St Mary’s. Camping with us is by far one of the best ways to escape the demands of today's "fast, modern" world & experience the beauty of Scilly.Read more »

Evergreen Cottage

Bed & Breakfast
Dog friendly
St. Mary's 5 Rooms | All year | £32 - £41 pppn

Enjoy your stay on the Isles of Scilly in a centrally located Grade II listed 300-year-old cottage. combining character with modern comforts. Relax in our comfortable guest lounge, or simply enjoy our pretty garden where you can unwind and watch the world go by surrounded by sub tropical plants and flowers. Read more »

Pennlyon Exterior

Pennlyon

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Apr-Oct | £765 - £865 per week

Pennlyon is a beachside, end terrace self-catering bungalow with sea views. Southerly position and close to all town facilities. Sleeps 4Read more »

Kistvaen Flat

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £530 - £580 per week

A two bedroomed flat with views from all the rooms except twin. Five minutes from town and the quay. Read more »

Boro Farm Cottages

Self Catering
Tresco Sleeps 4 | Feb-Oct | £380 - £1,270 per week

Attractive cottages on a working family run farm, centrally located for easy access to safe clean beaches, scenic walks and all local amenities. All cottages have unrivalled sea views, gardens and are all equipped and decorated to a very high standard suitable for all year round holidays.Read more »

Minalto 2

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Nov | £395 - £655 per week

This is the front apartment in a striking three-storey Victorian town house. Situated on the ground floor with one bedroom while two further guests can be accommodated on the sofa bed in the open-plan lounge and dining kitchen area. A modern bathroom completes the internal layout where attention to detail and high quality furnishings are obvious throughout.Read more »

Atlanta Cottage exterior

Atlanta

Self Catering
Dog friendly
Bryher Sleeps 6 | Mar-Nov | £735 - £1,305 per week

This traditional Scillonian granite cottage is ideal for couples, families or groups of friends. Situated on the western side of Bryher, a stone’s throw away from Great Porth Beach and close to Hell Bay Hotel.Read more »

Strand House

Strand House

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 10 | All year | £500 - £2,200 per week

Strand house is a five star standard, seafront holiday cottage, offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people in six bedrooms.

Close to the centre of Hugh Town with all its amenities, this 200 year old listed building features a walled and decked patio with private access to Town Beach.Read more »

The Tardis

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Apr-Sep | £300 - £350 per week

Accommodation in the Tardis consists of a double bedroom, lounge, kitchen, entrance hall and shower room; all in a self contained extension of the owner's own home. The Tardis has its own lockable entrance.Read more »