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

Island Highlights

Beaches & Coastline

Rushy Bay

History & Archaeology

Flowers & Plants

Tresco lavender

Walks & Trails

St Marys out of town view

Cultural Heritage

Scilly gig boat

Habitats & Wildlife

Scilly seal diving

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco Abbey fountain
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Skybus Boarding

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 »

Scillonian III

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 »

Westwinds parking area

Westwinds Car Park, Land's End

UK Mainland All year

Located Next to lands end airport

2 mins walk from the main terminal

Easy access from the B3306 and the A30.

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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 »

Isles of Scilly Inclusive Holidays

Scilly Breaks

Bryher All year

Inclusive Holidays have been trading from the beautiful island of Bryher since 1983.  We aim to make the booking process easy for you by combining accommodation and travel to make a ‘package’.  The majority of our properties are on St Mary’s but we do have some on the outer islands too.Read more »

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Prepco Island Vacations and Tours LLC

UK Mainland All year | From: 0.00

A US based travel company servicing the US and Canada for vacation packages to the Isles of Scilly, England.

Our one-price complete package includes return flights for all domestic and international travel needs plus internal travel in England and accommodation.

Options include travelling via Dublin or London.Read more »

Come2Scilly

St. Mary's All year | From: 0.00

The Personal Touch of Self Catering Holidays on the Isles of ScillyRead 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 »

Skybus

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 »

Scilly parking

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 »

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DJ Cabs

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 »

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Endeavour Rib Service

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

“Endeavour” is the fastest passenger boat in Scilly. We offer a bespoke water taxi service offering a fast and thrilling transfer between the islands at your request.

Rib Blasts to enjoy the thrill & excitement of travelling at speed afloat.

Marine life trips to look for Dolphins and Seals.Read more »

St Mary's Boatmen's Association at the quay on St Mary's

St Mary's Boatmen's Association

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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 »

Our cart range

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 Bike Hire Bike Rack

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 »

Take a cruise around the islands on the Calypso II

Calypso Boat Company

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Boat trips from St Mary's with skipper Tim - visit 3 islands in one day, take a day trip to an off island or an unihabited island, or a trip to see seals and birds.Read more »

Firethorn, Tresco Boat Services

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 »

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

What better way to discover St Mary's than by bike!  Bikes for all ages, abilities and sizes. ELECTRIC BIKES NOW AVAILABLE. 

 

  • Coming for a day trip?  We can deliver to the airport.
  • Guided bike tour around St Mary's Thursday1st June - Contact us to book or for more infomation
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Special offer
Mr & Mrs Toots

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 »

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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 »

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Wildlife Safari with St Agnes Boating ~ © BareFoot Photographer

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 »

A stunning location for your wedding

Isles of Scilly Registration Service

St. Mary's All year

The Isles of Scilly Registration Service is your first port of call for weddings or renewal of vows on the islands. We will take you through the process of planning your special day, including the legal preliminaries, available venues, ceremony words, music and much more. Our friendly and professional team will help ensure that you have a day you will never forget.Read more »

Sea swimming on the Isles of Scilly

Adventure Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Swim holidays

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Sea Quest Glass Bottom Boat

St. Mary's All year

A 12 seater launch with a glass bottom specialising in wildlife and history tours.Read more »

Island Wildlife Tours

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Discover the natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly with Will Wagstaff, resident ornithologist and naturalist.  Watch the passage of migrant birds; learn about the interesting local history and beautiful flora and fauna as you take a relaxed walk along the Islands' coasts and trails. Will visits each of the inhabited islands weekly, weather and tides permittingRead more »

Diverse food led retail shop.

The Tanglewood Kitchen Company @ The Post Office

Taste of the West Award
St. Mary's All year

Diverse food retail shop @ The Post Office on St Mary's, specialising in award winning homemade ready meals, fresh fish and IOS shellfish, gourmet 'best in town' sandwiches, freshly baked 'Champion Product 2015' individual quiche daily, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.

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Ratbags Canvas Shop

St. Mary's All year

Rat Island Sailboat Co.  Rat Bags Canvas shop

Hand made cotton canvas bags, clothing & acessories, Visit our workshop here in the Isles of Scilly & watch as we make your bag.

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No mater how small or large your wedding beautiful photography is essential.

Chris Hall Photography

St. Mary's All year

Chris Hall Photography is a professional photography company located on St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly.  We offer high quality, contemporary and creative images and excellent service.  Read more »

Low Tide Experience

Tresco

Sunday 18th September

On the sandbar between Tresco & Bryher

A show-stopper of a day! On this day, lunar forces create a dramatic Spring Tide, leaving the channel between Tresco and Bryher dry enough to cross between the islands on foot.  Part way across is a long sandbar, usually under 5 metres of water, which will become the site of the mid-channel Low Tide Event.Read more »

St Agnes Art & Craft Studios

St. Agnes All year

The inspirational studios of St Agnes' newly built Island Hall are home to three artists working on a range of unique, handmade  products. The influence for their work is the beautiful, wild island of St Agnes. An ever changing palette of colours that reflects the constant  changes of the sea and sky  and gives these creative artists their inspiration. Whatever the season their stunning surroundings influence their exclusive products.Read more »

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View of Old Town Bay

Greenlaws Guesthouse

4 star bed and breakfast VE Silver award
Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 3 Rooms | All year | £45 - £45 pppn

Greenlaws Guesthouse is a family run B+B perfectly located overlooking the beautiful Old Town Bay. Featured as one of the top five places to stay in Scilly, in the April 2012 WanderlustTravel Magazine.Read more »

The New Inn, Tresco Island

The New Inn

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Tresco 16 Rooms | All year | £60 - £160 pppn

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 »

Merrions Holiday Cottage

Merrions Holiday Cottage and Chalet

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Self Catering
St. Martin's Sleeps 4 | All year | £475 - £725 per week

Cedarwood chalet and granite cottage. Both recently modernised to a high standard. Large private gardens and breathtaking views to the South accross Highertown Bay. Comfortable and well appointed -all inclusive. A warm welcome awaits you.Read more »

A balcony view at Sea Garden Cottage

One-bedroomed Sea Garden Cottages

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Self Catering
Tresco 9 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £160 - £260 pppn

There are nine one-bedroomed Sea Garden cottages, offering self-catering, B&B or half-board accommodation and sleeping 2 (with the option to sleep 1 or 2 children on the downstairs sofa bed).  All cottages capture some of the best sea views that the islands have to offer. There is also an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym for guests’ use.Read more »

6 Harbour Lights

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £350 - £1,250 per week

Lovely ground floor self catering beach apartment with stunning uninterrupted harbour, quay and sea views. 

This attractively presented, bright and cheerful apartment has two twin bedrooms and sleeps four.  The sand of the harbour beach is literally beneath the windows and provides wonderful outdoor space for drinks, picnics and barbeques. In an ideal quiet but central location, the supermarket, banks and shops are within a two minute walk.  The quay is a five to ten minute stroll.  Wi-fi, linen, towels and utilities included.  See our full website at www.scillydays.co.ukRead more »

The Mizzen, Flat 14 Harbour Lights

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 3 | All year | £300 - £725 per week

Excellent location. Direct access to Town Beach. Local Restaurants minutes away.

One twin room, one single. Free Wifi.

Linen and Towels provided. Laundry facilities available.

Comfortable lounge diner.Read more »

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Pilot's Gig Flat

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £350 - £850 per week

Pilot’s Gig is a fully self-contained flat, which is situated within close walking distance of St Mary’s quay and harbour, and at the hub of all island to island activities.  It is conveniently sitauted for all the local shops, restaurants & attractions. It has a four star rating from Visit England. The awe inspiring & uninterupted views, probably some of the best on Scilly, are towards Tresco Channel, Sampson & Bryher. A perfect place to relax & enjoy the beautiful sunsets all that Scilly has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you to Pilot`s Gig Flat.Read more »

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Late availability
Shearwater

Shearwater

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 10 | All year | £1,000 - £2,500 per week

A large Grade-II Listed town centre home, perfectly located as a holiday rental property, overlooking the park and within a short walk of beaches, the quay and town centre facilities. This substantial house offers all en-suite accommodation for 10 guests in five double bedrooms, together with large lounge, dining room, kitchen and sunny south-facing courtyard garden. Ideal for large families, groups or clubs, and having the benefit of a ground floor bedroom.Read more »

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Oystercatcher, 7 Godolphin House

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £435 - £955 per week

Godolphin House is a modern block of 9 self contained flats, centrally located within easy walking distance of beaches, the harbour, shops and restaurants. Oystercatcher is on the ground floor and offers a kingsize bed and twin room making it ideal for families or sharers.

A great base to explore Scilly and yet stay connected as wi-fi included.Read more »

Church Street

Kenwyn - Flat 4

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £220 - £410 per week

A studio flat for two people, in converted attic space with fine views of the sea from front and rear windows. Close to beaches, town and the quay for inter-island boat trips. Linen and towels provided. Start/end days are Saturday or Tuesday. Short breaks are available. No smoking.Read more »