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.
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 Phoenix Craft studios and workshops comprise seven individual craftspeople, many of whom will teach their skills to visitors. Children and adults can paint glass roundels, ceramic mugs and plates or fabric bags and tee-shirts. Beaded jewellery and silk scarf painting classes are open to all age groups too. Adults (over 14 years) also have the option of doing a three hour class in Tiffany glass, learning to to cut, copper-foil and solder coloured glass into a light-catcher to take home. Prices from £8.50 to £30. During Art Scilly Week in May each year, many more classes are laid on.Read more »
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 »
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!
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 »
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 »
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 »
North Farm Gallery is set in a charming converted barn on St Martin’s. Showcasing the work of all the island's artists, the Gallery houses a stunning collection of paintings, prints, jewellery, pottery and crafts, along with locally produced gifts, cards and books. Open from 10am – 5pm every day from April to October.Read more »
The apartment and cottages situated on Seaways Flower Farm are all converted farm buildings; two of which were the orchid glass house and the barley store. Carefully converted and modernised over the years they now offer a comfortable and very convenient holiday home with spectacular views, mainly across the harbour but also with a more distant seascape.Read more »
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 »
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 »
Pilot’s Gig is a fully self-contained flat, which is situated within close walking distance of St Mary’s quay and harbour, and at the hub of all island to island activities. It is convenient for the Mermaid Inn and restaurant, with local shops and the airport bus stop nearby. It has a four star rating from the English Tourist Authority.Read more »
The accommodation is furnished to a good quality throughout and sleeps two in a spacious double bedroom. There is a modern shower room and comfortable open-plan lounge/diner with a modern, well-equipped kitchen from which you can see the sea as well as a slice of Town Beach, the harbour and the lifeboat at anchor.Read more »
The house sleeps up to four guests in one double and one twin bedroom, each with their own bathroom or shower. There is also a large open-plan kitchen lounge and dining room and the further benefit of a small south facing patio to the rear with tables and chairs, perfect for al fresco dining on a warm sunny evening. Read more »
The accommodation is well-presented throughout and benefits from lots of natural light from its south-facing windows. It offers magnificent views of the harbour and islands beyond from the dual aspect open-plan lounge/diner and the twin bedroom. The remaining internal layout comprises a shower room and a cleverly designed galley kitchen that makes maximum use of the space available.Read more »
An Oberva is a modern first floor flat in Hugh Town. The flat is in a quiet location just a couple of minutes walk from beautiful Porthcressa Beach.
The flat is conveniently located in Hugh Town within walking distance of shops, pubs and all amenities. It is a short walk from the quay where the Scillonian docks and launches visit the off islands daily.Read more »