Beaches & Coastline
Have a beach to yourself; marvel our sensational shores
With their turquoise water and pale, fine sand, Scilly’s beaches are simply stunning - beautiful enough to rival any in the world. There are more than 35 such examples spread across the archipelago, which is good news if you are looking for your own private, secluded beach.
Our particular highlights include Pentle Bay on Tresco for the sheer romance of it; Porth Loo Beach on St. Mary’s for rock pooling, Town Beach on St. Mary’s for beachcombing, Great Bay on St. Martin’s (voted the best in the UK) for swimming, and Great Par on Bryher for a fabulous family day out. The Bar which separates St. Agnes and Gugh at low tide is also a perfect sheltered spot for messing around in a dingy or for watching the tripper boats come in (but not when the Bar is covered).
That’s just half the story, however. For those after variety, Scilly also boosts a plethora of dramatic, rugged coastlines – steep rock faces and deep inlets caused by the continuous pounding of huge rollers coming in from the Atlantic Ocean and the site of many a great storm during the winter months. There are plentiful rocky coastal walks across landscapes often cloaked in heather and flowering gorse or with castle ruins atop a promontory. All enjoy sensational views. The aptly named Hell Bay at the northern end of Bryher springs to mind as an excellent vantage point, as does Peninnis Head on St. Mary’s.
So, whether it’s drama or d’amour you’re after, there’s a beach or coastline out there waiting just for you.