Get out and about on Scilly
There are plenty of ways you can get out and about to enjoy Scilly - on guided tours and excursions or simply by heading out with map in hand to explore.
As a tiny archipelago, one of the greatest pleasures here is to island hop! Whichever island you're staying on, there are loads of boating options - and it's very easy to do an island a day.
Guided walking tours tend to originate on St. Mary's but every day there are options to join walks to all the other islands - uninhabited ones too. Choose from general guided walks or ones that specialise in wildlife, archaeology, maritime history and gardens. The Tourist Information Centre has all the information!
There are regular guided bus, bike and taxi tours and horse rides around St. Mary's too as well as a wealth of scenic boat trips and wildlife safaris to the Eastern Isles or the Western Rocks to spot seabirds and seals – particularly good at low tide as they bask on the rocks - or head out to Bishop Rock Lighthouse, England’s final frontier.
For the more adventurous, Scilly is a playground of activities - have a go at kayaking, sailing or paddleboarding; coasteer our coastline if you dare, venture out for a guided sea swim, dive the wrecks, or perhaps book yourself a unique opportunity to swim with seals.
Evening trips are also special – as the sun dips down at the end of the day, why not jump aboard a tripper boat and cheer on your favourite pilot gig crew? You can do this every Wednesday and Friday evening throughout the summer. Alternatively, wrap up warm and take to the water on one of many evening boats which will take you to an off-island for the option to enjoy a delicious meal at a restaurant of your choice. There’s nothing more beautiful than heading back home as the sun sets on the horizon!
The Phoenix Craft studios and workshops comprise seven individual craftspeople, many of whom will teach their skills to visitors. visitors can paint glass roundels, ceramic mugs and plates or fabric bags and tee-shirts. Beaded jewellery and silk scarf painting classes are open to all age groups too. Adults (over 14 years) also have the option of doing a three hour class in Tiffany glass, learning to to cut, copper-foil and solder coloured glass into a
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.
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.
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
Discover the natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly with Will Wagstaff, resident ornithologist and naturalist. Watch the passage of migrant birds; learn about the interesting local history and beautiful flora and fauna as you take a relaxed walk along the Islands' coasts and trails. Will visits each of the inhabited islands weekly, weather and tides permitting
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
Tresco's extraordinary natural environment is a tonic in itself, but for those looking for a little more TLC we have a beautifully appointed Spa where our friendly team of trained therapists are on hand to talk through the wide range of different treatments we are able to offer, whether it be a Marine Algae body wrap or a simple pedicure.
Coasteering on the Isles of Scilly has arrived! Brought to you by Kernow Coasteering, one of Cornwall’s foremost coasteering providers, Don’t miss your chance to experience the stunning golden granite coastline of Scilly in an epic costal adventure you’ll never forget.
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.
Bryony offers flowing, uplifting yoga sessions; Nick is an experienced swim guide. Both Nick & Bryony are from Scilly and have extensive knowledge of swim spots and trail running routes across the islands, and can advise you on the best way to take an active holiday that will leave you feeling fully immersed in the beauty and nature of the islands.