A beach to yourself this summer

Scilly St Martin's Great Bay View

If you’re in the market for a long white sandy beach this summer, uncluttered with people, and distractions amounting only to the stunning natural surroundings, then the Isles of Scilly is the place for you.

With shallow turquoise water and pale, fine sand, Scilly’s beaches are simply magnificent - beautiful enough to rival any in the world, yet just across a small stretch of water from Cornwall. There are more than 35 such examples spread across the archipelago, which is good news if you’re looking for your own private, secluded beach. It’s possible to find one all to yourself even during the height of summer. That’s a promise!

Our particular highlights include Pentle Bay on Tresco for the sheer romance of it; Bar and Pelistry on St. Mary’s, Great Bay on St. Martin’s (recently voted the best in the UK) as well as Rushy Bay on Bryher.  The uninhabited island of Samson too, has a spectacular landing beach.

For a spot of rock pooling, we recommend Porth Loo Beach on St. Mary’s whilst Town Beach on St. Mary’s and Beady Pool on St. Agnes are both excellent beachcombing options. Great Par on Bryher is fabulous for a family day out or head to Porthmellon on St. Mary’s or Old Grimsby on Tresco for some watersports action.

The Bar which separates St. Agnes and Gugh at low tide is also a perfect sheltered spot for messing around in a dinghy (but not when the Bar is covered).

So go on, grab yourself a picnic, book and beach towel, and head off this summer to find your own secluded spot on Scilly. 

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