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!
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
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.
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.
Scilly has a fascinating historical past and it's easy to explore ~ just take a walk, a cycle, a buggy ride or one of the tours available! Whether you're after Bronze Age or Iron Age Monuments, something from the 16th or 18th Centuries or even something from more recent history, then Scilly has lots to offer!