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.

Steve Sherris painting in the water on Scilly

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

Creative Ways to Experience Walk Scilly

Our Walk Scilly Long Weekend is now in its fifth year and this year, for the first time, we’re introducing some experiential creative walks led by environmental “walking artists”.

Already, we like to think that Walk Scilly allows visitors to get to the very heart of the islands – and islanders – as they are expertly guided around our remote landscapes, but our new series of sensory walks and workshops will deliver an even greater

Walkers crossing the channel between Tresco and Bryher at low tide

Get a Taste of Scilly this September

September: what better time to visit the Isles of Scilly? The schools are back, and yet the islands enjoy some of the best weather of the year. And to top it off, you can enjoy a Taste of Scilly for the entire month!

That’s right, our Taste of Scilly Festival takes place throughout September – a time for you to really tuck into the islands’ fuller flavours: to meet the islands’ producers, watch them work, and

Scilly Cart Co

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.

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.

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's

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!

View of the Phoenix Studios and workshops

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's

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

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.

Scilly wedding bands

Fay Page

St. Martin's

Jewellery for your wedding made in Scilly

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

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.

Gallery Tresco

Gallery Tresco

Tresco

Gallery Tresco is located in the most enviable of positions on New Grimsby shoreline and is a haven for art lovers. Some of Cornwall’s finest art can be found on the walls of this light and airy converted boatshed, which has been open for over 20 years.

Karma Honeymoon Suite

Getting Married at Karma St. Martin's

St. Martin's

Karma St. Martin’s, the islands' only hotel sits on a stunning site that spans 2.8 hectares and has panoramic coastal views of the South West shore - a romantic location for a picture perfect wedding day. The 4* hotel has three licensed wedding venues, and selection of 30 Deluxe & Ocean View Rooms, Family Suites and a Honeymoon Suite, just moments from the beach. 

Scilly from the air

Gibson Kyne

St. Mary's

Shop selling postcards, souvenirs and gifts as well as beach goods, fishing tackle, charts and pilot books.

Islands' tranquililty

Great reasons to visit Scilly in 2018

Need an excuse to get away to the islands in 2018? Here are our top 10 events and festivals taking place this year, giving you every good reason to put the Isles of Scilly on your holiday calendar.

  1. Walk Scilly 4th - 14th April
  2. World Pilot Gig Championships 4th - 6th May
  3. Spring Scilly Swim Challenge 12th May
  4. Art Scilly Week 12th May – 18th May (TBC)
  5. Scilly Folk Festival 24th - 29th May
  6. Ötillö