Walking & Cycling
Explore the islands on foot, by bike
If walking is your passion, there's no better place to indulge than Scilly. There are more than 30 miles of nature trails and walks on St. Mary’s alone, while all the off islands offer fantastic opportunities to walk their length and breadth. And there are plenty of inviting pit stops never too far away (on the inhabited islands at least!) so that you can enjoy a coffee, leisurely lunch, cream tea, or all three as you go on your way.
If you're looking for something specific, or walks with added interests such as birdwatching or wildlife, you may want to head to St. Mary's two nature reserves designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – the Higher Moors Nature Trail together with Porth Hellick Pool, and Lower Moors Nature Trail.
Guided walking tours are available throughout the season with our resident ornithologists and naturalists who provide invaluable insights into our history, heritage and wildlife. If you like to roam on your own, however, the Isles of Scilly AONB unit produces excellent self-guided routes for each island at a nominal charge. Ask at the Tourism Information Centre on Porthcressa Beach for details.
The highlight of our walking calendar is Walk Scilly a week-long spring festival which takes place across all the islands every April. We also host a wilder Walk Scilly Weekend every October.
If getting out on two wheels is more your thing, a fabulous way to get around on both St. Mary’s and Tresco is to rent a bike. Compared with the mainland, you’ll find the roads on St. Mary’s very quiet (and on Tresco even more so). The routes are beautifully cycle-friendly, and you can also take off-road bikes, well, off road to explore a little further.