10 reasons to make Scilly your autumn escape

Scilly tranquility

Autumn on Scilly is a magical affair. Empty beaches and stunning coastlines to escape to, lingering late sunshine and a light across the islands that’s simply spellbinding, coupled with the most amazing array of wildlife to explore around our shores, foody fests, walking weekends and much, much more.

Here’s why you should head for Scilly this autumn.

  1. Scilly - every inch of which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - gives you a true sense of escapism and freedom that you simply can’t find anywhere else in England: swathes of empty white sand beaches, deserted paths, rocky outcrops, crystal clear waters, and many islands to explore in one amazing (and tiny) archipelago.

  2. Get outdoors and embrace our fantastic environment – whatever the weather. Early autumn on the islands usually delivers a warm Indian summer, late autumn often brings ferocious and exciting Atlantic storms. Embrace it all!

  3. See the seals. The Isles of Scilly is a true life seal sanctuary – home to the UK’s largest population of Atlantic grey seals. They are everywhere, and the added perk in autumn is that it’s breeding season! Take a boat trip in their natural habitats to see the seals and their fluffy white pups, or (in early autumn) you can still swim with seals on a guided trip around the Eastern Isles.

  4. Look up and be captivated by our cosmic dark skies – which get even better as the autumnal nights draw in. The Isles of Scilly is one of the best places in the UK to look up into unpolluted darkness and marvel at the Milky Way, planets and stars in all their splendour. Time your trip for 6th October and you could be part of the fundraising effort to raise the final £20,000 needed to build the new Community Observatory on St. Martin’s.

  5. Hire a kayak and paddle from island to island, find some nooks and crannies along the coast, or pull up on shore on one of our many uninhabited islands and enjoy some solitude. For those less active, you can still island hop using one of the many scheduled boating services on the islands.

  6. Take the plunge!  Sea swimming is all the rage right now and with calm sheltered coves, you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere better to give it a go. The water might be a fraction cold – Caribbean temperatures it is not, even at this, the warmest time of the year – but the superb underwater visibility will take your breath away for all the right reasons! So pull on a wetsuit and sign up to a guided sea swim, or take part in September’s Scilly Swim Challenge (15th-18th September).

  7. Take a boating safari to our thriving sea bird sanctuaries around the island of Annet or to the Eastern Isles. Scilly becomes a mecca for resident and migrant bird populations in the autumn, and you’ll be able to admire colonies of Storm petrels, Manx Shearwaters, cormorants, shags and razorbills among many other others species.

  8. Join us for a Taste of Scilly in September, a month-long celebration of Scilly’s amazing low food miles, slow food culture (and all things shellfish!) or for the fabulous Walk Scilly Weekend (11th – 15th October) four days of guided walks and entertaining evenings that will give you the perfect opportunity to get under the real fabric of the islands.

  9. Book in for a weekend of jazz – at the 2nd Annual Jazz Fest at Karma St. Martin’s (12th – 14th October) - and indulge in some great wine, sensational food and fantastic jazz just steps away from St. Martin’s Lower Town Beach.

  10. And there's some great deals to be had in autumn. Take a look at our special offers and grab yourself a great autumn escape for less.