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 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

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

Gallery Tresco

Gallery Tresco

Tresco

Gallery Tresco is located in the most enviable of positions on New Grimsby shoreline and is a haven for art lovers. Some of Cornwall’s finest art can be found on the walls of this light and airy converted boatshed, which has been open for over 20 years.

Immersed in the magnificent Ötillö

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

Island hopping on pilot cutter - Agnes

Classic Sailing Fleet - Block & Tackle Exploration

St. Mary's

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 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.

A Trip to Bishop Rock

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

Scilly St Martin's narcissi flower bunch

Flower Farming on Scilly

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,

Isles of Scilly Museum

Isles of Scilly Museum

St. Mary's

Walk Scilly Discount

Throughout Walk Scilly Weekend the Isles of Scilly Museum are offering a special price for Walk Scilly walkers. Come and take a look at exhibits of local interest, from pre-history to the present day.

 

Seasalt RAIN

Seasalt Cornwall

St. Mary's

The Scilly branch of Seasalt Cornwall offers Seasalt women’s wear, footwear and accessories. 

Scilly St Martin's Great Bay View

A beach to yourself this summer

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

Great Pool, Tresco

Wildlife & Bird Watching Walk on Tresco

Tresco

Friday 13th October 

Will Wagstaff, Scilly’s resident ornithologist and naturalist, hosts this walk to Tresco.

The Sailing Centre Kayaking

The Sailing Centre

St. Mary's

RYA & AALA licensed watersports centre offering instruction, hire & sales in windsurfing, sailing, powerboating & kayaking. Centres on St. Mary's & Tresco.

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.

 

View of the Phoenix Studios and workshops

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's

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