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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

The Foredeck

St. Mary's All year

The longest established clothing store on Scilly...stocking the best in lifestyle brands...Joules, Musto, White Stuff, The North Face, Animal, plus fantastic footwear from Orca Bay and Merrell. Also Fay Page Silver. Situated on Silver Street in Hugh Town, just off the main street.Read more »

view of Phoenix Studios

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

Phoenix Craft Studios is a co-operative of local artists and craftspeople working on the Porthmellon Business Park, a scenic 10 minutes walk from town. We have locally made crafts, from jewellery to stained and fused glass, and from silk, fabric and leather goods to linocut prints and oil paintings of Scilly. There is also a gallery upstairs, showcasing the work of several other local artists. All work is locally designed and made, so you won't be taking home a souvenir from Hong Kong! Gifts to suit all tastes and purses.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 »

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 »

Troytown Farm Shop

St. Agnes Mar-Nov

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 »

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 »

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 »

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Carron Farm - Up-Idas Cottage

Self Catering
St. Martin's Sleeps 5 | All year | £490 - £680 per week

Carron Farm's Up-Idas , is a traditional granite cottage  located at Signal Row in Highertown on St. Martin's, with spectacular views to the uninhabited Eastern Isles and the white sandy beach of Highertown Par. The comfortable and well equipped cottage has its own garden.We live close by so are on hand to help make your holiday a memorable one.

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Merrions Holiday Cottage and Chalet

Self Catering
St. Martin's Sleeps 4 | All year | £475 - £725 per week

Our two self catering properties are situated in Higher Town, overlooking the Bay towards the Eastern Isles, and only two minutes stroll to the nearest beaches. Both units have been refurbished to a high standard, with the emphasis on character and comfort. Val and Graham offer a warm welcome to St Martin's.Read more »

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 »

Mincarlo

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 11 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £37 - £51 pppn

Mincarlo is set in a fantastic location in a quiet corner of the bay, with magnificent views across the harbour and out to sea. Light, airy rooms; relaxed, laid-back feel and direct access down to the beach from the front terrace garden. Great breakfasts with locally sourced ingredients; environmentally friendly business. Read more »

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Custom's House - view

Moorings, Customs House

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £650 - £1,695 per week

Moorings apartment is in an outstanding harbour view location in the centre of Hugh Town. Modern and stylishly refurbished, it is part of  a Grade II listed building.  Alfesco dining is a must in the private courtyard.  A perfect base for a luxury Scilly holiday.Read more »

4 Rosevean House

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £330 - £860 per week

Conveniently located on the outskirts of Hugh Town, 4 Rosevean House is a modern, well maintained 2 bedroomed property, tastefully decorated and furnished throughout. The private, south-facing, courtyard garden is ideal for relaxing or dining.Read more »

6 Lower Strand

6 Lower Strand

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £400 - £1,000 per week

A family home lovingly renovated to make a comfortable, smart house in a beautiful location for relaxing holidays. 6 Lower Strand is only minutes away from two sandy beaches and overlooks St Mary’s harbour. It is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and pubs of Hugh Town as well as the quay for boats to the other islands.Read more »

Trevean

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 8 | Mar-Dec | £1,600 - £1,900 per week

Situated in Hugh Town, St. Mary’s, this is a large spacious family town house which sleeps 8. All facilities to accommodate extended families.  Trevean is within easy reach of beaches, off shore boat trips, shops and restaurants. Reverse accommodation with views from living area, on top floor, over the harbour. Linen, towels and electricity are included in the price.Read more »

Carn Ithen

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 3 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £40 - £40 pppn

Situated in quiet location in delightful Old Town, we offer a warm welcome and modern facilities. Our AGA cooked breakfasts using local produce are a speciality. Carn Ithen is a Trip Advisor 'Certificate of Excellence' winner in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

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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 »