Things to do

Make the most of Scilly

Scilly is well known for its simple pleasures and relaxed pace of life. Visitors love the scenery, the peace, the tranquillity. There’s plenty of reason of kick back, relax and do very little, but plenty to enjoy too. Get out about on island walks, have fun on the water, check out the fantastic wildlife, hop from island to island, breathe in the exquisite flora, visit artists and galleries, and immerse yourself in our history and heritage.

Find out more here, or if you’re on island, visit the Tourist Information Centre on Porthcressa Beach for the low-down. Pop in or follow @scillyTIC to keep up to date with the weekly What's On, available throughout the season.

Scilly: the perfect pre-schooler's paradise

Do you have toddlers or young children at home and need a holiday but want to keep it simple and stress-free?

Then look no further than the Isles of Scilly, a fantastic natural playground for pre-schoolers and young children just off the coast of Cornwall that will ensure you, too, get the holiday you deserve. 

The best thing about Scilly with kids, speaking as someone who first came to the islands nearly 10 years ago with a

Scilly St Mary's phoenix craft workshop

Great Galleries to visit on Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are a magnet for artists and creative souls. They’re lured to the islands by the rich intensity of light and its ever-changing effect on seascapes and landscapes. Each island has galleries to browse and enjoy; each has artists working in a variety of media – from oil, watercolours, jewellery making and beachcombed shells, felting and weaving to exquisite stained glass, fired earthenware, and screen printing.

Here’s our pick of the

Bryher Shop

Bryher Shop

Bryher

Bryher Shop is centrally located and open 7 days a week. Free delivery is standard for online orders to your holiday cottage. Our stock includes local produce as well as all your favourite brands. We have an in-store bakery offering fresh bread and cakes. We also have a plentiful delicatessen counter with an amazing range of meats and cheeses.

Bathinghouse Porth Morning Tresco

Stephen Morris at Glandore Gallery

St. Mary's

Located within their home at Porthloo, Glandore Gallery is a small, friendly, beachside gallery run by local artist, Stephen Morris, and his wife, Lois. Stephen paints exclusively ‘en plein air’ in watercolour and, more recently, inks, with a colourful and distinctive signature style. His cards and giclee prints are also available along with those of his late aunt, Nan Heath.

Diverse food led retail shop.

The Tanglewood Kitchen Company @ The Post Office

St. Mary's

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.

 

Samson burial chamber

Scilly Walks

St. Mary's

Scilly Walks is run by Dr Katharine Sawyer and offers guided walks, boat trips and slide shows to introduce you to 8000 years of archaeology and history in the Isles of Scilly. There are full day and half day visits to all the inhabited and several of the uninhabited islands.

Sea kayaking on Scilly

Mincarlo activity breaks

St. Mary's

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. 

Scilly St Agnes rugged path walker

Why Scilly is such a paradise for walkers

Mark Sutcliff, editor of Country Walking Magazine, tell us why the isles of Scilly make the perfect destination for a walking holiday

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a glorious exception; a perennial Kew without the glass, home to thousands of exotic plants from around the world flourishing right here on the Isles of Scilly...

Otillo Matti Andersson

Scilly Warms Up for World Swimrun Test

The Isles of Scilly are preparing to host one of world sport’s most daunting challenges: the UK leg of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series on Saturday 17 June, which will see more than 110 pairs tackling a course of nearly 40km, alternating between running and open-water swimming.

The teams of two, including competitors from the UK, Sweden, France and Germany, will have their athleticism and powers of endurance tested to the limit over ten

Tresco Abbey Archway

How the humble hedge created a heavenly garden

Hazel Southham, journalist, broadcaster and author wonders at the vision of Augustus Smith to create and protect this heavenly garden

 

Robert the proprietor of the vineyard and winery

Holy Vale Vineyard & Winery

St. Mary's

Situated in the tranquil and beautiful Holy Vale on the Nature Trail at the heart of St. Mary’s, the Vineyard and Winery is a must visit location during your stay on St Mary’s. 

Open on weekdays 12.00 – 16.30 and by appointment only on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays for; wine tastings at £17.50 per person, ‘The story of Wine Exhibition’, Cellar Door Shop and refreshments, including Robert's Wine and Lobster Lunch at £24.50 per

Blockhouse

Sundowners at Blockhouse

Tresco

Friday 16th Septemeber

Old Blockhouse, Tresco

Tresco's historic Old Blockhouse was built in the 16th century to protect Old Grimsby Harbour and saw action in the late stages of the Civil War, when Parliamentarians attacked the Royalist garrison. Today, the battlements stand silent but the panoramic views out across St Martin's and the Eastern Isles - which made the castle so successful as a fortification - remain.

Become a Member

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's

Stuck for gift ideas?  

When you don't know what to get a loved one for their Birthday or Christmas why not gift them Membership to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust?  This is the perfect gift for Scilly-lovers everywhere!  By supporting the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust you help to ensure that management and conservation work continues and our beautiful islands are looked after all year round.  

 

Group of puffins

Tours & Excursions

Take a guided trip to discover a bit more

Throughout the season, every day of the week, there are a whole host of guided tours on Scilly from which to choose, both on and around the islands. From island walks and archaeological explorations to wildlife and marine excursions, and sunset trips, you’ll be able to delve into Scilly’s past and learn more about our natural habitat and wildlife, our culture and our lifestyle.

Walking