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.

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.

No mater how small or large your wedding beautiful photography is essential.

Chris Hall Photography

St. Mary's

Chris Hall Photography is a professional photography company located on St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly.  We offer high quality, contemporary and creative images and excellent service.  

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!

Aquarium

Bryher

View the local species in the Black Pearl Aquarium at Bryher Boatyard, which include, pollock, dog fish, mackerel, wrasse, lobsters, conger eels, crabs and many more.   

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.

Bryher Shop

Bryher Shop

Bryher

Bryher Shop is centrally located and open 7 days a week. Free delivery is standard for online orders to your holiday cottage. Our stock includes local produce as well as all your favourite brands. We have an in-store bakery offering fresh bread and cakes. We also have a plentiful delicatessen counter with an amazing range of meats and cheeses.

Tresco Abbey Archway

How the humble hedge created a heavenly garden

Hazel Southham, journalist, broadcaster and author wonders at the vision of Augustus Smith to create and protect this heavenly garden

 

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

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.

One of Peter M. Smith's paintings

Porthloo Studios / Workshops

St. Mary's

Porthloo Studios / Workshops are a group of friendly artists and craftspeople based in a converted barn on the coastal footpath 10 minutes walk from the outskirts of Hugh Town - signposted from Porthmellon.

Becky's Scilly Cakes

Becky's Scilly Cakes

St. Mary's

We are a small cake shop specialising in novelty cakes and celebration cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. We are situated at Porthcressa opposite the library and open all year round. 

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.

Puffin

Sea Quest Glass Bottom Boat

St. Mary's

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

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco

The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a glorious exception; a perennial Kew without the glass, home to thousands of exotic plants from around the world flourishing right here on the Isles of Scilly...

Scilly from the air

Trenoweth Flowers

St. Mary's

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