Walking is a great way to see the islands
It’s easy to get off-road on the islands. Whether you amble, ramble or scramble you'll find diverse coastal and country scenery, alongside an abundance of wildlife and historic monuments around every corner on the Isles of Scilly. In April every year, there’s Walk Scilly a seven-day festival of 22 guided, themed walks across all the islands. From strolling around Tresco Abbey Garden and taking farm tour to food foraging, archaeological walks, taking in a wildlife trip, to learning about the seabird recovery project – there’s something to suit everyone. But if you can’t make the festival, all is not lost, as on most days throughout the season there are many guided walks and excursions with our local history and nature experts.
It’s also easy to go your own way: The Isles of Scilly AONB produces excellent self-guided routes for each island available in our shop. The Visitor Information Point on Porthcressa will be able to assist you.
Walking with dogs
Dogs are very welcome on Scilly so feel free to include your four-legged friend!
Some of beaches on St. Mary’s – at Porthmellon, Porthcressa and Old Town - are closed to dogs between 1st May and 30th September, but Town Beach and Little Porth to the west of Porthcressa as well as all the other beaches around the island are open to dogs year round.
The off-island communities have no laws restricting dogs on public land, except for Tresco where you need to keep your dog(s) on a lead at all times. We do asked that you exercise caution with your dogs particularly close to the airport, on the quays and around livestock and it goes without saying that you pick up after your dogs and dispose of the dog mess bags appropriately.