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 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

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

49 Degrees clothing

49 Degrees

St. Mary's

The IOS Store, born and bred on the islands since 1973. Visit us for all your IOS apparel

Isles of Scilly Museum

Isles of Scilly Museum

St. Mary's

Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the Romano-British brooches and coins from Nornour; the Bryher Sword and Mirror; the Civil War in Scilly; finds from many shipwrecks; model boats; collections of birds, shells and clay pipes; an old Scillonian kitchen and much, much more.

Walls of jewel anemones

St Martin's Dive School

St. Martin's

Scilly is renowned for its clear water and abundant marine life and we can provide diving opportunities for those with a diving qualification and their equipment.  We can provide cylinders and weights. 

Carol and Helen Shave, of Ratbags, Scilly

Family of Ratbags!

St. Mary's

Carol Shave, a partner of Scilly Ratbags, recounts how her grandmother was the last to leave the island of Samson in 1855.

The Sailing Centre Kayaking

The Sailing Centre

St. Mary's

RYA & AALA licensed watersports centre offering instruction, hire & sales in windsurfing, sailing, powerboating & kayaking. Centres on St. Mary's & Tresco.

Zoe Julian, Flower Farmer, Churchtown Farm

#MyScilly Zoe Julian, Co-owner Scilly Flowers

“I first settled on the Isles of Scilly in 2002. I knew that by meeting and marrying Ben I would end up living on St. Martin’s – it came with the deal! He proposed to me on St. Helen’s. I’d been to Scilly several times growing up and I have lived in the south west and by the sea my whole life. I love the lifestyle; it suits me down to the ground.

Scilly Bridal Hair and Beauty 1

Scilly Bridal Hair & Beauty

St. Mary's

I am an experienced Hair Stylist, Make-up Artist and Beauty Therapist with years of experience and a passion and flair for Bridal work. I have worked around the UK and Dubai, helping many brides feel amazing on their big day.

Local St Martin's wines

St Martin's Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre

St. Martin's

Come and see a working vineyard in action. Enjoy an informative tour and sample our unique selection of fine wines - or simply pop by the visitor centre/shop at your leisure. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (11.00am - 4.00pm) by appointment or when the gate is open!

Arts & Culture

Be inspired by what's around you

Scilly has inspired a thriving artistic community. From exquisite silver jewellery to stunning fine art collections, from fired earthenware and stained glass to lino-cut prints and silk scarves, creativity abounds on every island, inspired by our stunning surroundings.

What brings this artistic community here? Well, the beauty of Scilly is obvious, but the quality of light and the natural environment provide an ideal setting for photographers, painters, potters and craftspeople.

Resident and

Seasalt RAIN

Seasalt Cornwall

St. Mary's

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

Splash dish by Oriel Hicks

Phoenix Craft Workshops

St. Mary's

A co-operative of seven local artist and craftspeople working on the little Business Park at Porthmellon. Work includes paintings, printmaking, leather work, stained & fused glass, jewellery and fabric painting and printing. There is a gallery of work by more local artists upstairs. Computer and printer available for public use, or free WiFi if you have your own phone or tablet. Classes for children & adults are also available. (see activities page for more details)

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

Puffin

Sea Quest Glass Bottom Boat

St. Mary's

A 12 seater launch with a glass bottom specialising in wildlife and history tours.