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

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.

The Paper Shop

The Paper Shop (C J Mumford)

St. Mary's

Serving the islands' newspaper, magazine and periodical requirements since 1904. Confectioner, stationer, tobacconist and bookseller - including Scilly's longest running publication "The Scillonian". Scilly's only National Lottery outlet. The Paper Shop receives the daily papers around 11am, and also stocks popular magazines and games and goodies for children.

Samson burial chamber

Scilly Walks

St. Mary's

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.

Tresco swimming pool

Wet Days on Scilly

Some indoor ideas for when you want to stay dry. When it's wet (yes, it does sometimes rain on Scilly!) and you want to get out, don't worry. There are galleries, potteries and craft shops; an indoor pool, community halls full of equipment and a soft-play centre for the younger ones. You can also visit the lovely Isles of Scilly Museum and the relaxing library right on Porthcressa.

Picture of Island Sea Safaris RIB boat Firebrand IV

Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's

Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife safaris in their RIB FIREBRAND IV around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see Grey Atlantic seals and numerous seabirds including Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots, Shearwares, Fulmars, Cormorants,Shags,Gannets and various Gulls from April to mid July, and visit some the Islands shipwreck sites and places of historical interest.The 8m RIB seats 10 passengers. Mark and his wife Susie like to give you a full, friendly and informative commentary during the trip which also has lots of good photo

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.

Scilly St Agnes rugged path walker

Why Scilly is such a paradise for walkers

Mark Sutcliff, editor of Country Walking Magazine, tell us why the isles of Scilly make the perfect destination for a walking holiday

Paintings at Tamarisk Gallery

Tamarisk Gallery

St. Mary's

Tamarisk is a new gallery in the centre of Hugh Town showcasing artwork by local painters and craftspeople as well as arts and crafts from further afield. Artists include Imogen Bone, C N Smith, Sue Lewington and Oriel Hicks. Locally produced jewellery, cards and gifts are also available. Several of the craftspeople exhibiting work are based locally at Phoenix Craft Studios, Porthmellon Business Park. 

For more information please see our website www.tamariskscilly.co.uk or visit our Facebook page

Toots Taxis

Toots Taxi

St. Mary's

If you are coming to the islands to get married, or if you are resident on the islands, Toots Taxi is available for hire for your special day.  Give us a call, or send us an email, to let us know your requirements and we will do our utmost to accommodate your wishes.

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.

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

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 or to bring your own group. Comfortable accommodation for 18 guests. Also suitable for large family groups celebrating weddings, birthdays or special anniversaries. 

Isles of Scilly Golf Club

The Isles of Scilly Golf Club

St. Mary's

The most south westerly course in England, its beauty is unique and must be seen if visiting St Mary's.

We are open all year, to members and non-members for golf and our welcoming clubhouse for refreshing drinks, fresh home-cooked food and a large balcony to take in some of the best panoramic views of the Islands.