Things to do

Never a dull moment

If you’re looking for things to do on Scilly, you won’t have far to search. From dawn till dusk (and later if you like) there are awe-inspiring sites, amazing sporting activities, wonderful galleries and craftshops to browse, unique attractions and fabulous places to eat.

Whether you are visiting for the first or the 40th time, there’s plenty to see and plenty to do. In fact, the more you peel back the layers of these fascinating islands, the more you will discover.

For those looking to kick-back and relax we have delightful beachfront cafés, scenic coastal walks, a vibrant Arts & Culture scene and one of the greatest gardens of Europe – Tresco Abbey Garden.

If you’re seeking action and thrills, there are plenty of Activities to seek out - you can dive, sail, kayak, windsurf, paddle board, horse ride, explore on mountain bikes and take part in organised sea-swims, to name a few activities. You can Walk & Hike, Cycle, Shop and of course enjoy Boat trips and Tours that will enable you to soak up the islands' atmosphere, our unique archaeological sites and our extraordinary Wildlife.

There is also a varied and vibrant Events programme throughout the season, kick-starting with Walk Scilly week and the Scilly Folk Festival, both in April. Then we have the famous World Pilot Gig Championships held every year during the first Bank Holiday in May.

Throughout the spring, summer and autumn, there are island fetes, RNLI days, plus music, sports and food festivals. Numerous Scillonian bands also entertain at the pubs and clubs year round. In short, there is something for everyone if you like to be entertained. And if you don't? Well, it's just as easy to slip away from it all to relax and recharge.

The Tourism Information Centre on Porthcressa Beach will give you the low-down. Pop in or follow @scillyTIC to keep up to date with What's On.

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.

Scilly Swim Challenge

Adventure Scilly

St. Mary's

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. 

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.

Seasalt RAIN

Seasalt Cornwall

St. Mary's

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

Field of narcissi at Scented Narcissi

Scented Narcissi

St. Mary's

Explore our new exhibition of the St Mary’s and St Agnes flower farmers, their history and flower farming at our shed located by St Mary’s Airport. 

Visit the home of Scented Narcissi: The Blue Box Flower Company. We send boxes of beautifully Scented Narcissi grown on the flower farms of St Mary’s and St Agnes.  Hand-picked and lovingly packed with care in midnight blue boxes.  Delivered by courier to you and your friends.

Isles of Scilly Official Tea towels £7.50; mugs £8.50

Visit Isles of Scilly Merchandise

St. Mary's

Buy new and exclusively-designed Visit Isles of Scilly merchandise. Jute bags. mugs, tea towels and marble fridge magnets. Items from £3.50. P&P free for orders over £25. Please call for details: 01720 424031

Kings of the Castle soft play area and baby area

Kings of the Castle

St. Mary's

Kings of the Castle is an all weather indoor play and party venue, with a multi level soft play frame, a separate ball pool, a dedicated baby and toddler area and a cafe. All areas have age appropriate equipment children to explore the area at their own pace whilst you sit and relax. Appropriate for children aged 8 and under.

Narcissi

Isles of Scilly Flowers

St. Mary's

Isles of Scilly Flowers offer scented Narcissi and Scilly Show Pinks Flowers from the Scilly Isles, the perfect all year round gifts for family and friends. Our beautiful range of scented Scilly Flowers are freshly picked and posted from our own Family run Scillonain flower farm.

Isles of Scilly Flowers make the perfect gift for every special occasion or person. We carefully hand pick your Scilly Flowers from our finest blooms to ensure the highest quality and

Scilly from the air

Trenoweth Flowers

St. Mary's

Buy Scilly flowers online

Sea kayaking on Scilly

Mincarlo activity breaks

St. Mary's

Mincarlo is the perfect location for an activity or special interest holiday on Scilly, whether you want to join an established group holiday (see listings below) or to bring your own group. Comfortable accommodation for 18 guests. Also suitable for large family groups celebrating weddings, birthdays or special anniversaries. 

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.

Wildlife Safari with St Agnes Boating ~ © BareFoot Photographer

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's

Scilly's Wildlife is varied and everchanging; from the resident Scilly Shrew and Atlantic Grey Seals to the migratory swallows and puffins.  Whatever you're searching for why not join one of our team on a Wildlife excursion or guided walk and discover Scilly's wild side.

Flying Boat Club Spa Pool

Flying Boat Spa

Tresco

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.

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!

Our Restaurant, perfect for weddings

Tregarthen's Hotel

St. Mary's

Tregarthen's Hotel is the premier Isles of Scilly hotel, with the most stunning setting of any hotel on St Mary's. Right by the water's edge, Tregarthen's is just yards away from the quay. 

Our restaurant is the epitome of fine dining and the hotel is also the ultimate venue for your wedding reception, renewal of vows or civil ceremony.