10 great reasons to come to Scilly

Posted on Jul 10th 2014
St Mary's aerial view

An aerial view of St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

It’s holiday time, so here are 10 great reasons why you should choose to come to the Isles of Scilly!

  1. The beaches and coastline

    Marvel at the shallow crystal clear blue waters that surround the island archipelago, and the exotic and largely deserted fine white sand beaches reminiscent of the Caribbean. Beachcomb for exquisite shells.

  2. Amazing plants and flowers

    Explore and discover Scilly’s incredible breadth and depth of flora, highlighted particularly well at Tresco Abbey Garden, but noticeable everywhere across the islands. Flowers that wouldn’t even survive in Cornwall grow here, thanks to Scilly’s very mild climate.

  3. Island life

    There’s nothing more intoxicating that experiencing the ebb and flow of the islands. Hop on one of the tripper boats and discover the unique charms and laid-back approach to life on each of the “off islands’”.

  4. Amazing birds and wildlife

    There are so many rare birds, seabirds, seals, puffins - and more - to discover. Enjoy a guided wildlife excursion by boat or on foot from our resident experts.

  5. Snorkelling with seals; diving for treasure

    Fast becoming a “must-do” is to go snorkelling with the seals. You can get so close they may even nibble your fins! Delving deeper under the water offers rich rewards for keen divers thanks to the many shipwrecks in our waters.

  6. Amazing walks

    More than 60 miles of scenic trails, rugged coastal paths and historic monuments to explore and, if you time it right with the spring tides, walk between the islands without even getting your ankles wet!

  7. Creative Scilly

    Whatever your take on arts and crafts, there is much to appreciate on Scilly, from the children who sell painted shells on doorsteps to seriously-renowned painters, potters, jewellers and stained glass artists.

  8. Fresh local produce

    Lobsters and crab caught daily in Scillonian waters, island-grown food and veg, island-reared beef and duck. It doesn’t get any fresher here with so few food miles to travel. You may also meet the farmer or fisherman who provided it!

  9. Romancing

    This is the ideal place to fall in love, be in love, and strengthen that love. Whatever your special occasion, hold hands as you stroll on empty beaches, enjoy sun-downers in perfect surroundings and wonder at the intensity of the starry night skies

  10. Bishop Rock

    The iconic lighthouse is immortalised on the BBC. Not only is it the UK’s western-most point – after that it’s the Atlantic all the way to America – but it’s also the smallest island in the UK to have a building erected on it.

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