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

Isles of Scilly Museum

Isles of Scilly Museum

St. Mary's

Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the Romano-British brooches and coins from Nornour; the Bryher Sword and Mirror; the Civil War in Scilly; finds from many shipwrecks; model boats; collections of birds, shells and clay pipes; an old Scillonian kitchen and much, much more.

Puffin

Sea Quest Glass Bottom Boat

St. Mary's

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

St Mary's Bike Hire logo

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.

Sealegs Amphibious Adventures

Bryher

Enjoy a unique Scilly Adventure onboard our fabulous Amphibious Rib. See the wildlife at sea but also landing on uninhabited islands to explore. The boat is truly amphibious, we can drive in and out of the water - no wet feet !

At speed or at rest, the Powercat 525 is perfect for Scilly's waters

Isles of Scilly Boat Hire

Bryher

The Isles of Scilly Boat Hire Company offers daily hire through to long-term timeshare in their range of boats. From the 16' Orkney motorboat fitted with an electric start and tilt 25hp engine, through to the award winning Powercat 525 catamarans fitted with twin 40 hp electric start and tilt engines, colour GPS chart plotters and VHF radios to the fabulous top of the range 200hp Sealegs Amphibious Rib. The choice is yours and all are available regardless of which

Scilly Flowers at Churchtown Farm, St Martin's

Scilly Flowers

St. Martin's

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.

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. 

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
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 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.

Wildlife Safari with St Agnes Boating ~ © BareFoot Photographer

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's

Scilly's Wildlife is varied and everchanging; from the resident Scilly Shrew and Atlantic Grey Seals to the migratory swallows and puffins.  Whatever you're searching for why not join one of our team on a Wildlife excursion or guided walk and discover Scilly's wild side.

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.  

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.