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.
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
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!
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.
One of Scilly’s most popular seabirds, the puffins, are back on the islands, and there’s plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy these wonderful sea creatures. The Isles of Scilly is one of only a handful of sites in the UK where you can go puffin spotting.
They arrive in mid-April, although early May marks the start of their breeding season. Pairs of puffins usually mate for life although if they are not reunited they
We are a specialist tour operator, concentrating solely on conducted tours of the Island.
Why not enjoy a leisurely ride around St Mary's with an intelligent and highly motivated driver/guide???
Each tour consists of a light hearted but informative commentary, with stops at selected viewpoints for photos.
Come and join us for Art Scilly 12th – 19th May, our lovely festival packed with events, exhibitions, open studios, craft fairs and workshops which we hope will inspire you to explore the creative side of our islands. Join our talented creative folk for writing workshops, painting, sketching or try your hand at glass fusing and lino printing. Download the full programme.
Whether you’re an absolute beginner
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.
A special Souvenier: Scilly Maid Chocolate – More Cocoa, Less Sugar - High Quality Belgian and Single Origin Chocolate, tempered, moulded, flavoured and packed on St Mary’s with care and attention. Some using locally foraged products such as Island Gorse Flower, Sea Greens, Wild Carrot Seed and the Island Sea Salt. Perfect for gifts, as souvenirs, wedding favours or a treat to yourself. Look out for seasonal gift packs. Postal to UK is available. Payment
“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.
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
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.
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,