The Islands

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 - St. Mary's, Tresco, St. Martin's, Bryher and St. Agnes plus 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. 

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Aerial view of The Isles of Scilly

Islands guide

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  • Scilly St Mary's ariel hugh town view

    St. Mary's

    The gateway to Scilly: do as much or as little as you want on the beautiful island of St Mary’s

    Explore St. Mary's
  • Scilly St Agnes rocky cove

    St. Agnes

    St. Agnes, England’s final frontier: totally untamed and thoroughly unspoilt

    Explore St. Agnes
  • St. Martin's

    A voyage of discovery to the best beaches in the world

    Explore St. Martin's
  • Scilly Bryher Hell Bay ariel

    Bryher

    A rugged yet deeply beautiful island of vibrant contrasts

    Explore Bryher
  • Tresco

    Tresco – the island of ultimate luxury, sophistication and the Abbey Garden

    Explore Tresco
  • UK Mainland

    Explore UK Mainland
  • St. Mary's
  • St. Agnes
  • St. Martin's
  • Bryher
  • Tresco
  • UK Mainland

Island Highlights

Tresco Abbey Garden

Beaches & Coastline

History & Archaeology

Flowers & Plants

Walks & Trails

Cultural Heritage

Scilly gig boat

Habitats & Wildlife

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Westwinds Car Park, Land's End

UK Mainland All year

Located Next to lands end airport

2 mins walk from the main terminal

This car park offers short and long term stays

Discount with advance bookings.

Easy access from the B3306 and the A30.

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Prestige Holidays

St. Mary's All year

We are a UK based tour operator who will tailor make your holiday to the Isles of Scilly. Whether you are looking for a top hotel, bed and breakfast, self catering or a multi island trip, we can create a package for you with flights/ferry and any connecting flights you require.Read more »

Parking for the Scillonian ferry

Scilly Parking

UK Mainland Mar-Nov

Make your daytrip easier, book your car in with Scilly Parking and have peace of mind. Scilly Parking take care of everything and provide secure car parking and a free park and ride service to Penzance Quay. Read more »

Scillonian III Passenger Ferry

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

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 »

Pilot Cutter Agnes

Classic Sailing Fleet - Tall Ships and Traditional Boats

UK Mainland Apr-Sep

Sail to Scilly from the mainland as ‘hands on’ crew on our fleet of pilot cutters, luggers, and historic sailing ships. Once in the archipelago, enjoy different anchorages, explore ashore and island hop under sail.

Classic Sailing offer 6 or 7 day sailing holidays with a skipper as your guide. We provide freshly cooked meals and accommodation on board characterful wooden vessels for a fantastic Scillies adventure.Read more »

Skybus

St. Mary's All year

Skybus fly all year round to the Isles of Scilly from Land’s End and Newquay airports, and from Exeter airport between March and November.

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, TR18 4BZ.Read more »

Tresco Inclusive Travel

Tresco All year

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 »

Scilly Parking

UK Mainland Mar-Nov

For Scillonian passengers avoiding long walks with your luggage. We take you to the quay and meet you on your return. We also take dogs.Read more »

Smugglers Inn at the Airways Hotel

The Smugglers Inn at The Airways Hotel, near Newquay

UK Mainland All year

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 »

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The Scilly Cart Co

St. Mary's

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 »

Tresco Boat Services

Tresco All year

Tresco Boat Services, serving Tresco, Bryher and St Martin's, offer all the waterborne services you need to get the most from your visit to the Isles of Scilly.Read more »

Toots Taxi

St. Mary's All year

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 »

Picture of rib Firebrand IV

Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife safaris in their 8m RIB FIREBRAND IV around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see Grey Atlantic seals, seabirds including Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots,Shearwaters,Fulmars,Cormorants,Shags and Various Gulls from April to mid July. and visit  some of the Islands shipwreck sites. We also visit many places of historical interest on our tours.  The 8 meter rib seats 10 passengers.Read more »

St Mary's Boatmen's Association

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

There are daily trips to the islands and out to see the wildlife and lighthouses.  Boats leave from 10:15am and return until 4:45pm.  The service is seven days a week from just before Easter or the beginning of April until the end of October.  There are evening trips available through the main part of the season.

There is an attractive special offer on purchases of ten or more tickets.  We can cater for special groups and parties.  Made up of the ten largest boats operating from St Mary's, we are the prime mover of visitor traffic.Read more »

Special offer

Tresco Bike Hire

Tresco All year

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 »

Book a Bike

St. Mary's All year

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.

COMING FOR A DAY TRIP?

We can deliver to the airport or the quay.

Hire and delivery also available to the off islands on request (St Martin's, St Agnes, Tresco and Bryher).Read more »

Falcon Boating

St. Mary's All year

Enjoy a special charter trip on the 'Falcon', an 11 metre Red Bay rib with twin engines and fully enclosed cabin to seat 12 passengers.Read more »

DJ Cabs

St. Mary's All year

Local, family run cab company operating around the islands for 5 years. Reliable, comfortable transport for short trips or late pick ups around St Mary's.Read more »

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

The place to hire your bicycle on St Mary’s. We provide a full range of bicycles and accessories  to suit all ages and sizes. Pedal power for all the family. We provide a comprehensive service that lets you enjoy your stay here with peace of mind and all the time to follow the big yellow map and see St Mary’s at its best.Read more »

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New book launch: ‘Stone in the Blood’

St. Mary's

Wednesday 18th May & Friday 20th  May

Come to the launch of the new novel, ‘Stone in the Blood’, a fantasy time travel novel set on Scilly.  Meet the author Colin Jordan and illustrator and sculptor David England and buy a signed first edition. This presentation tells the story of how the book came to be written, following Colin’s introduction to Scilly as a child and shows some of the original drawings by David.Read more »

Group meal on Mincarlo terrace

Mincarlo activity breaks

St. Mary's All year

Mincarlo is the perfect location for an activity or special interest holiday on Scilly, whether you want to join an established group holiday (see listings below) or to bring your own group. Comfortable accommodation for 18 guests. Also suitable for large family groups celebrating weddings, birthdays or special anniversaries. Read more »

Mouth Watering Menus

Tregarthen's Hotel

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

Tregarthen's Hotel is the premier Isles of Scilly hotel, with the most stunning setting of any hotel on St Mary's. Right by the water's edge, Tregarthen's is just yards away from the quay. 

Our restaurant is the epitome of fine dining and the hotel is also the ultimate venue for your wedding reception, renewal of vows or civil ceremony.Read more »

Silk Scarf Printing Workshops: Freehand silk scarf painting

St. Mary's

Thursday 12th & Thursday 19th May

Silk painting is the art of applying special dyes to silk. Anyone can create a beautiful wearable silk scarf whatever their artistic ability. In this workshop with Liz Askins, you will choose colours and develop a design, paint a background on a long or square scarf and learn techniques to apply painted lines and shapes. Please bring an apron or an old shirt in case of splashes or I run out of spare aprons (although dye is not colourfast until ironed). One silk scarf will be provided, along with the dyes and paint brushes.Read more »

Rotary Club Family Fun Day

St. Mary's

Sunday 29th May, 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Enjoy a day of fun with stalls, games, refreshments and a bouncy castle.Read more »

Atlantic Grey Seal ~ © Ed Marshall

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's All year

Scilly's Wildlife is varied and everchanging; from the resident Scilly Shrew and Atlantic Grey Seals to the migratory swallows and puffins.  Whatever you're searching for why not join one of our team on a Wildlife excursion or guided walk and discover Scilly's wild side.Read more »

The cafe at Tresco Abbey Gardens Visitor Centre

Tresco Garden Visitors Centre & Cafe

Tresco Mar-Oct

The Visitor Centre on Tresco is situated at the entrance to the world famous Abbey Garden. Along with a history room and a wonderful gift shop you will find the bright and welcoming cafe where light lunches and delicious cakes are on offer. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and snacks. There is plenty of indoor seating or enjoy the colourful cafe garden where you can keep an eye out for our beautiful red squirrels.Read more »

Felt Making Workshops

St. Mary's

Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th, Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th May

Come along to Tracy Brown’s Felt Making Studio in Old Town, St Mary's, and immerse yourself in the ancient art of wet Felt Making. This workshop will offer you the opportunity to make a single larger item such as a small bag, pot or wall hanging or a number of smaller items, beads, brooches, felt pebbles and more. Felt making is great fun and quite magical in how it transforms the fibres from their loose flyaway beginnings into a strong fabric.  Read more »

Gallery Tresco: Open evening to celebrate new exhibition

Tresco

Thursday 19th May, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Open evening for the Gallery Tresco Month of Culture Show (see above). All are welcome to join us at Gallery Tresco for wine and canapes on Thursday 19th May from 6.00pm-8.00pm.Read more »

The Paper Shop (C J Mumford)

St. Mary's All year

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 »

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Schiller, Warleggan

Schiller, Warleggan Holiday Apartments

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £400 - £465 per week

Schiller is a ground floor, twin bedded apartment for two persons, newly refurbished for 2014.  Flat access to Town, Porthcressa Bay and the harbour, just a few minutes away.Read more »

View from Anjeric Guest House across the harbour

Anjeric

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 7 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £37 - £63 pppn

With magnificent views over the harbour towards Tresco, and Town Beach only 25 metres from the front door, Anjeric is perfectly situated for the 5 minute level walk to all amenities and the Quay.Read more »

An Oberva

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £200 - £800 per week

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 »

6 Lower Strand

6 Lower Strand

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £400 - £1,000 per week

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 »

Late availability

5 Museum Flats

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £550 - £850 per week

The apartment is light and airy with a contemporary feel and is set on two floors with two en-suite bedrooms. It is self catering and is well equipped for this purpose.Read more »

White Cottage Flat

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Apr-Oct | £440 - £895 per week

Sleeping up to four guests in two bedrooms, which can be prepared to either twin or double arrangements to suit you, the accommodation also features a generous open-plan lounge/dining room, a galley style kitchen and a shower room. There is also the added benefit of a large private garden, which makes a good play area for children and is perfect for al fresco dining on warm summer nightsRead more »

4 Rosevean House

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £360 - £940 per week

Conveniently located on the outskirts of Hugh Town, 4 Rosevean House is a modern, well maintained 2 bedroomed property, tastefully decorated and furnished throughout. The private, south-facing, courtyard garden is ideal for relaxing or dining.Read more »

Sunny Creek

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £200 - £700 per week

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 »

Porthcressa Beach 30 seconds from Thurleigh and garden table and chairs in Thurleigh garden

Thurleigh Flats

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £275 - £395 per week

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 »

Dunmallard, Lower Flat

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Apr-Oct | £340 - £465 per week

Very comfortable, quiet and spacious ground floor flat. Central location, just a short stroll to Hugh Town, the Quay, Town Beach and Porthcressa Beach. Sleeps two and is fully re-furnished and decorated to a high standard. Twin bedroom includes plenty of storage. There is also a shower room/toilet, large kitchen/diner and a light, spacious lounge with sofa bed.Read more »