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

Tresco Abbey Garden

Beaches & Coastline

History & Archaeology

Flowers & Plants

Walks & Trails

Cultural Heritage

Scilly gig boat

Habitats & Wildlife

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife and RIB safaris around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see our seals, seabirds- including Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots (April to July) and visit wreck sites and places of historical interest. Our 8m RIB only seats 10 and we -Mark and Susie- like to give you a full, friendly and informative commentary with lots of photo opportunities. 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 »

The cafe at Tresco Abbey Gardens Visitor Centre

Tresco Garden Visitors Centre & Cafe

Tresco Mar-Oct

The Visitor Centre on Tresco is situated at the entrance to the world famous Abbey Garden. Along with a history room and a wonderful gift shop you will find the bright and welcoming cafe where light lunches and delicious cakes are on offer. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and snacks. There is plenty of indoor seating or enjoy the colourful cafe garden where you can keep an eye out for our beautiful red squirrels.Read more »

Flying Boat Club Restaurant Balcony

Flying Boat Restaurant

Tresco Feb-Nov

Situated above the beach at New Grimsby you can enjoy breathtaking views over to Bryher and along the Tresco Channel. It is the perfect location to watch the sunset in the evening. The Flying Boat Cafe is open during the day offering drinks, snacks and light lunches and the restaurant is also open for dinner three evenings a week, with seafood and fresh fish at the heart of the menu. Evening reservations are advisable and a children's menu is available.Read more »

Radio Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Listen to us on 107.9FM or online through www.radioscilly.com or www.scillytoday.com. Tune in for local events and news, accurate island weather and inter-island boat times every morning, just before 9.15am. The perfect way to prepare for your holiday on Scilly, or to reminisce once you get home.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 »

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 »

Dial-a-Doux Taxi

St. Mary's All year

Your tour of St. Mary's will last approximately one hour, we endeavour to make your tour informative, interesting and humorous with various scenic stops for photographs. 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 »

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St Mary's Hall Hotel

Hotels
Dog friendly
St. Mary's 26 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £65 - £138 pppn

St Mary's Hall Hotel is an elegant, extensively refurbished townhouse on the edge of Hugh Town built by an Italian nobleman for his Scillonian bride in 1938.

It was converted into a hotel in 1967 and has traded continually since. Mr Clifford Freeman purchased the hotel in 2009 and has refurbished the entire hotel.Read more »

Pier House

Bed & Breakfast
Dog friendly
St. Mary's 3 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £35 - £35 pppn

Pier House is a listed 16th Century fisherman’s cottage full of character. Conveniently situated by the quay for trips to the off islands and all the local amenities. We offer a friendly service and a great breakfast from fresh fruit & fish to a full English breakfast. We have sea views and a beautiful courtyard garden.Read more »

Haycocks, 26 Sally Port

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 5 | All year | £570 - £975 per week

Haycocks is a family owned house which is available for holiday rental throughout most of the year.  We use it ourselves and view it as our ‘other home’ so it is furnished and equipped to a very high standard.  Changeover day is usually a Thursday though other days can be accommodated in low season.Read more »

Bell Tents - Troytown Farm

Camping
St. Agnes Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £300 - £475 per week

A rented bell tent is the perfect choice for a totally carefree camping holiday, where you can travel light and be in your tent with the kettle boiling within minutes of arriving on the farm. These traditional, sturdy tents are provided pre-erected and fully equipped with all the gear you need for up to 4 people, allowing you to enjoy every last minute of your holiday. Read more »

Lower Ganilly

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Nov | £250 - £900 per week

Lower Ganilly is a very popular holiday home and being in an elevated position, boasts sea views over nearby Porthmellon Beach from the bedrooms and the garden.

The accommodation is well-presented throughout and sleeps up to four guests.Read more »

One of Westford House's five Guest Bedrooms

Westford House

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 5 Rooms | All year | £35 - £45 pppn

Westford House is a long established B&B with an excellent reputation. We have 5 comfortable en-suite rooms and a bright and spacious guests lounge. Centrally located and very close to beaches, quay and restaurants, we provide you a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in our 3-storey Georgian town house. Jo & Alan offer you the perfect base to explore Scilly from!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 »

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 »

Dunmallard, Lower Flat

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Apr-Oct | £340 - £460 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 »

Golden Eagle at Glandore Apartments

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 3 | Feb-Nov | £440 - £790 per week

'Golden Eagle' is a comfortable, 2/3 person, well-equipped apartment within our large, cream 1930s property, surrounded by nearly half an acre of private gardens. It has a stunning west facing sea view balcony. Porthloo beach is only fifty yards from our gate and offers stunning views of the famous Scillonian sunsets.

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