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 gig race rowing

From smuggling runs to dramatic rescues; the history of our pilot gigs

Back in the mid-19th Century, around 200 men worked as pilots on the Isles of Scilly. With the 2018 World Pilot Gig Championships taking place this year 4th to 6th May, we take a brief look at how pilot gigs have carved through our waters throughout history.

Today, gigs (specially-designed sea-faring rowing boats with six oarsmen and a coxswain) are raced purely for pleasure particularly throughout Cornwall and the south west of England. Their

Scilly Carss Taxi

Scilly Carss

St. Mary's

If you're getting married on the Isles of Scilly, then look no further than Scilly Carrs. We're a family-friendly, family-run taxi service, based on St. Mary's and operate 365 days a year, 7 days a week, from 7.30am until 12 midnight. We have a comfortable, 8 seater vehicle, with a large boot space for all your luggage, as well wheelchairs, buggies and wedding paraphernalia!

Field of narcissi at Scented Narcissi

Scented Narcissi

St. Mary's

Explore our new exhibition of the St Mary’s and St Agnes flower farmers, their history and flower farming at our shed located by St Mary’s Airport. 

Visit the home of Scented Narcissi: The Blue Box Flower Company. We send boxes of beautifully Scented Narcissi grown on the flower farms of St Mary’s and St Agnes.  Hand-picked and lovingly packed with care in midnight blue boxes.  Delivered by courier to you and your friends.

Robert the proprietor of the vineyard and winery

Holy Vale Vineyard & Winery

St. Mary's

Situated in the tranquil and beautiful Holy Vale on the Nature Trail at the heart of St. Mary’s, the Vineyard and Winery is a must visit location during your stay on St Mary’s. 

Open on weekdays 12.00 – 16.30 and by appointment only on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays for; wine tastings at £17.50 per person, ‘The story of Wine Exhibition’, Cellar Door Shop and refreshments, including Robert's Wine and Lobster Lunch at £24.50 per

Cut Loose hair salon

St. Mary's

Cut Loose hair salon has been established for eight years and consists of three well experienced hair stylists. We cover all ladies and gents hairdressing including bridal work.

Silver Street Gallery

Silver Street Gallery

St. Mary's

Gallery in Hugh Town

Scilly St Agnes rugged path walker

Why Scilly is such a paradise for walkers

Mark Sutcliff, editor of Country Walking Magazine, tell us why the isles of Scilly make the perfect destination for a walking holiday

Scilly Succulents

Scilly Succulents


Scilly Succulents sends luxury, mail order gift boxes of succulents. We deliver them all year around whether it is for birthdays, Mother and Father's day, Easter or just to grow in your home or garden.

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The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's

Stuck for gift ideas?  

When you don't know what to get a loved one for their Birthday or Christmas why not gift them Membership to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust?  This is the perfect gift for Scilly-lovers everywhere!  By supporting the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust you help to ensure that management and conservation work continues and our beautiful islands are looked after all year round.  


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.

Sea urchin pendant

Fay Page – Open Studio

St. Martin's

We make jewellery that is worn across Scilly, the UK and beyond.

It all started twelve years ago with a silver shell range and we’ve grown each year and now have several ranges including fish, flowers, seeds and Scilly cowbells. We do lots of commission work from wedding and engagement rings to personalised pieces.

Our studio is a truly Scilly affair with lots of reclaimed island materials and local art being used in the design – the

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

Isles of Scilly Boat Hire


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

Pot Buoys Gallery

St. Agnes

Pot buoys gallery is owned and run by local artist Emma Eberlein and showcases a variety of work by local artists and work inspired by Scilly as well as my own paintings on driftwood and jewellery made from recycled beach plastic.    
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,

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.