Walks & Trails

The best way to discover Scilly's breathtaking beauty

People come to Scilly year-round to explore its wilderness on foot. And no wonder. The entire archipelago was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1975. There are more than 30 miles of nature trails and walks on St. Mary’s alone, while all the “off islands” offer fantastic opportunities to walk their length and breadth. Whether you amble, ramble or scramble, you'll find diverse coastal and country scenery, exotic wildlife and historic monuments around every corner on the Isles of Scilly. From October to March, the fields come alive with the sight and smells of island-grown scented narcissi.

If you like to roam on your own, it’s worth knowing that the Isles of Scilly AONB produces excellent self-guided routes for each island at a nominal charge. There are also guided walks throughout the season with resident ornithologists and naturalists who provide invaluable insights into our history, heritage and wildlife. The highlight of our walking calendar is Walk Scilly, a 10 day festival across all the islands which takes place every April, with a shorter weekend festival in October.

Dogs on Scilly are very welcome so feel free to include your four-legged friend! There are no restrictions on footpaths for dogs and they are allowed on Town Beach all year round. Restrictions apply on the other beaches between May and October and also in Hugh Town itself. For more information, you can pick up a leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre on St. Mary's. You are requested to keep dogs on leads around livestock, on the Quay and at the Airport, and also on Tresco at all times. It goes without saying that we ask all owners to clear up after their dogs.