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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
Alongside a selection of artisan breads and rolls, we also have a range of savoury options perfect for a picnic lunch or supper. These include traditional Cornish pasties, pies, tarts and pizzas. For those with a sweet tooth we also have an ever changing selection of homemade cakes. All handmade and freshly prepared on the premises from scratch.Read more »
Situated above Santa Warna Cove on St Agnes, behind the Coastguard Cottages with one of the wildest views in the UK. This cool family owned cafe serves great coffee, delicious homemade lunches, cakes and cream teas using local produce. Wifi access and lots of seating inside and out.Read more »
Serving the islands' newspaper, magazine and periodical requirements since 1904. Confectioner, stationer, tobacconist and bookseller - including Scilly's longest running publication "The Scillonian". Scilly's only National Lottery outlet. The Paper Shop receives the daily papers around 11am, and also stocks popular magazines and games and goodies for children.Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
New for 2015
You are gauranteed a warm welcome at The Old Chapel Bed and Breakfast.
Our home cooked breakfast will set you up for the day as you explore the beautiful sights the islands have to offer.
Our spacious double rooms with wrought iron beds and high quality linens, give a luxurious feel as you relax after a long day exploring the islands.
We are 2 minutes walk from Old Town Beach and the Lower Moor Nature Reserve and a 10 minute walk from Hugh Town itself.Read more »
Nestled in the heart of St Mary's in Holy Vale, a lovely quiet ancient wooded valley in the heart of St Mary's, this converted barn offers good quality accommodation in a perfect position for exploring the island.
Thurleigh Flats are both single storey buildings set in a shared garden, just 30 seconds away from Porthcressa Beach in the heart of Hugh Town. Both apartments feature exposed granite walls and are flooded with natural light. They each have a kitchen with dining and lounge area and a separate bedroom with en suite shower room.Read more »
The New Inn is at the centre of social life on Tresco, being the only and quite definitely the best pub on the island! Rooms are comfortably furnished, many with sea views. With the total refurbishment of the Residents Lounge in March 2014, guests can now relax in a light, cosy atmosphere or take a dip in the heated outdoor seasonal pool. Read more »
A peaceful and picturesque beach side Scilly holiday awaits you at Harbour View on Bryher. Stroll down to the beach or grab your kite and head for the hills for an afternoon of quiet reflection. Enjoy the abundance of nature outside your door while you reconnect with family and friends taking life at a slower pace.Read more »
Superb holiday apartments, quite literally on the beach, with fantastic sea, harbour and town views. Wifi and broadband available in all flats. Full information and current availability on our website.Read more »