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

Puffin

Sea Quest Glass Bottom Boat

St. Mary's

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

Diver and seal

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 all levels of experience. All your equipment can be supplied.

No mater how small or large your wedding beautiful photography is essential.

Chris Hall Photography

St. Mary's

Chris Hall Photography is a professional photography company located on St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly.  We offer high quality, contemporary and creative images and excellent service.  

Scilly wedding bands

Fay Page

St. Martin's

Jewellery for your wedding made in Scilly

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)

Boat trip

Fins, Flippers & Feathers – A trip to the Western Rocks

St. Mary's

Sunday 15th October 

Join skipper and wildlife photographer Joe Pender, and birder and environment academic Dr. Rob Lambert (plus Bella the boat dog) aboard MV Sapphire on a marine meander around the Western Rocks in search of seabirds, wading birds, sea ducks, divers, grey seals and dolphins. 

Canvas Shop front

Ratbags Canvas Shop

St. Mary's

Rat Island Sailboat Co.  Rat Bags Canvas shop

Hand made cotton canvas bags, clothing & acessories, Visit our workshop here in the Isles of Scilly & watch as we make your bag.

Available online

Scilly Billy

St. Martin's

Scilly Billy T-shirts and bags embody the charm, fun and characters of Scilly. 

Our designs feature Scilly Billy, Scilly Moo and Scilly Ass, and the distinctive Scilly Billy logo.  

All colours are in harmony with the natural colours of the islands, and each character has their own unique Scilly story - just like every islander does!

A Trip to Bishop Rock

Four miles west of the Isles of Scilly in the Atlantic Ocean stands Bishop Rock Lighthouse, built in 1858 to mark a rock ledge 45 metres long and 16 metres wide – the islands’ most westerly danger.

Statuesque and majestic, it stands at the very edge of England – a pillar of strength that now protects seafarers from the dangers that lie ahead as they approach the rocky archipelago.  At the time of its build, it

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.

View of the Harbour

St. Mary’s – Maritime Hugh Town

St. Mary's

Monday 16th October

Discover Scilly’s incredibly rich maritime history on this morning stroll through Hugh Town and up to the lifeboat slip.

Paddleboarding

St. Agnes Water Sports

St. Agnes

We hire sit on top kayaks, stand up paddle boards and mask, snorkel and fins from a beautiful St Agnes beach.

We are located next to Troytown Farm campsite on St Agnes, only a 15 minute walk from the quay. This is the perfect place to do activities for those visiting for the day as well as those staying on the island.

Scilly St Martin's narcissi flower bunch

Flower Farming on Scilly

When summer visitors are enjoying beaches, sunny walks and ice-cream, it is quite a leap of imagination to think of Scilly during the winter months. Often I am asked what it’s like to live on Scilly in the winter, and I’m met by genuine surprise when I answer, “We are really busy”.

For the islands’ flower farmers, the season starts in October when the first of the scented narcissi are picked and we work,