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.

Creative Ways to Experience Walk Scilly

Our Walk Scilly Long Weekend is now in its fifth year and this year, for the first time, we’re introducing some experiential creative walks led by environmental “walking artists”.

Already, we like to think that Walk Scilly allows visitors to get to the very heart of the islands – and islanders – as they are expertly guided around our remote landscapes, but our new series of sensory walks and workshops will deliver an even greater

Steve Sherris painting in the water on Scilly

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

Walkers crossing the channel between Tresco and Bryher at low tide

Get a Taste of Scilly this September

September: what better time to visit the Isles of Scilly? The schools are back, and yet the islands enjoy some of the best weather of the year. And to top it off, you can enjoy a Taste of Scilly for the entire month!

That’s right, our Taste of Scilly Festival takes place throughout September – a time for you to really tuck into the islands’ fuller flavours: to meet the islands’ producers, watch them work, and

Becky's Scilly Cakes

Becky's Scilly Cakes

St. Mary's

We are a small cake shop specialising in novelty cakes and celebration cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. We are situated at Porthcressa opposite the library and open all year round. 

Me&Nigel

ISLAND ROVER MiniBus Tours

St. Mary's

We are a specialist tour operator, concentrating solely on conducted tours of the Island.

Why not enjoy a leisurely ride around St Mary's with an intelligent and highly motivated driver/guide???

Each tour consists of a light hearted but informative commentary, with stops at selected viewpoints for photos. 

 

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.

ScillyExpression

St. Mary's

Online Art Studio of Expressionist oil paintings that depict the Islands, painted on Scilly, by resident artist Tamasin Bridge. Paintings and prints can be purchased online with free postage and packaging, and viewings by arrangement with Tamasin.

Seasalt RAIN

Seasalt Cornwall

St. Mary's

The Scilly branch of Seasalt Cornwall offers Seasalt women’s wear, footwear and accessories. 

One of Peter M. Smith's paintings

Porthloo Studios / Workshops

St. Mary's

Porthloo Studios / Workshops are a group of friendly artists and craftspeople based in a converted barn on the coastal footpath 10 minutes walk from the outskirts of Hugh Town - signposted from Porthmellon.

Atlantic grey seal

Scilly Seal Snorkelling

St. Martin's

Come to St Martin's for a fabulous, award winning, wildlife experience. Snorkel with the seals and get close to these elegant creatures in their natural environment.  All the equipment you will need is supplied and you don't require any previous experience.  

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.

Buses at the Airport

ISLAND ROVER MiniBus Tours

St. Mary's

Especially designed with the 'Day Tripper' in mind.

Scilly Succulents

Scilly Succulents

Bryher

Scilly Succulents sends luxury, mail order gift boxes of succulents. We deliver them all year around whether it is for birthdays, Mother and Father's day, Easter or just to grow in your home or garden.

Chandlers

Bryher

Chandlers Gift Shop, located at Bryher Boatyard, selling gift items, fishing supplies, pirate treasure and all things nautical. 

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