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

Scilly pre school children walking

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

Seal on fin

Scilly Seal Snorkelling

St. Martin's

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.  

Me&Nigel

ISLAND ROVER MiniBus Tours

St. Mary's

A gentle ride around the island with a light hearted but informative commentary, stopping at selected viewpoints for photos. 

 

St Martin's wines in basket

St Martin's Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre

St. Martin's

Wines for Christmas --- We have a selection of our 2014 vintage available: 

Crisp Seyval Blanc to go with your seafood starters

St.Martin's Reserve  - a fruity dry white for the main course

Seigerebbe  - aromatic and smooth to accompany your desert or as an aperitif

And a dry Rose for something completely different.

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
49 Degrees clothing

49 Degrees

St. Mary's

The IOS Store, born and bred on the islands since 1973. Visit us for all your IOS apparel

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.

Red Arrows over Old Slipway

Your Summer Holiday Guide to Scilly

The summer holidays are here and there are loads for all the family to enjoy across the islands. If you’re heading to Scilly in the next few weeks, here’s a flavour of what you can enjoy…

Island Fetes

On four consecutive Sundays from 30th July to 20th August, each of the off-islands (St. Agnes, Bryher, Tresco and St. Martin’s respectively) take it in turns to host island fetes.

These are fun-filled

Puffin

Sea Quest Glass Bottom Boat

St. Mary's

A 12 seater launch with a glass bottom specialising in wildlife and history tours.

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.

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St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's

What better way to discover St Mary's than by bike!  Bikes for all ages, abilities and sizes. ELECTRIC BIKES NOW AVAILABLE. 

  • Coming for a day trip?  We can deliver to the airport.
  • Guided bike tours around St Mary's. Contact us to book or for more information.

 

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.

Atlantic grey seal

Scilly Seal Snorkelling

St. Martin's

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.  

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.