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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.
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
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
After competing in the Ötillö Swimrun World Series Qualifier in June 2016, sportsman and journalist Tarquin Cooper recalls his adrenaline-fuelled weekend and provides a unique insight into the adventurous side of Scilly.
The Isles of Scilly had long held a special place in the back of my mind before I finally had the perfect excuse to visit.
I’d heard of the white-sanded beaches just beyond the horizon; of wild and windswept rugged coastlines crying out to be
Sail to Scilly from the mainland as ‘hands on’ crew on our fleet of pilot cutters, luggers, and historic tall ships ships. Once in the archipelago, enjoy different anchorages, explore ashore and island hop under sail.
Skippered sailing holidays where you live on board. No experience needed and plenty of outdoor water action, from learning to sail, rowing ashore, learning about navigation, wild swimming, climbing the rigging, or just chilling out on wooden decks. Whether pirates
Scilly Flowers based at Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s is Scilly’s postal flower service. We send gift boxes of scented flowers to any UK address all year round. In the winter we grow and send Scented Narcissi and in the summer, Scented Pinks. If you are on St Martin’s, pop into the farm and see what we do.
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
When summer visitors are enjoying beaches, sunny walks and ice-cream, it is quite a leap of imagination to think of Scilly during the winter months. Often I am asked what it’s like to live on Scilly in the winter, and I’m met by genuine surprise when I answer, “We are really busy”.
For the islands’ flower farmers, the season starts in October when the first of the scented narcissi are picked and we work,
If you’re in the market for a long white sandy beach this summer, uncluttered with people, and distractions amounting only to the stunning natural surroundings, then the Isles of Scilly is the place for you.
With shallow turquoise water and pale, fine sand, Scilly’s beaches are simply magnificent - beautiful enough to rival any in the world, yet just across a small stretch of water from Cornwall. There are more than 35 such examples spread across
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