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The Islands

St. Mary's
Do as much or as little as you like on the beautiful island of St Mary’s

St. Mary’s is the Isles of Scilly’s largest island (population 1,800) and the gateway to the rest of the islands. Covering an area less than 2.5 square miles, it’s still not exactly bustling!

Hugh Town is the central hub with its cluster of shops, banks, churches, post office, museum, cafés, galleries and pubs as well as delightful eateries such as the ever-popular Galley Restaurant. It has two lovely beaches in very close proximity – Porthcressa with its newly renovated promenade; and Town Beach, a picture-perfect spot to watch the comings and goings on the Quay.
The Quay is where the Scillonian III passenger ferry docks every day. It’s also where you'll find yourself travelling from if you’re taking any boat trips for a day out from St. Mary’s.

Old Town is the other “major” settlement on St. Mary’s, closer to the airport and with its own church, beautiful beach, nature reserve, shop, cafes and the Old Town Inn.

On the northerly end of the island, away from the relative hustle and bustle, St. Mary’s is an easy-going safe haven of hidden treasures. The coastline features large stretches of deserted white sandy beaches, dramatic rocky coves, ancient archaeological sites, beautiful walks and scenery along huge stretches of nature trails and coastal and country paths.
Tresco
The island renown for the famous Abbey Garden

Tresco is the second largest of the islands and a subtropical gem. It is the only one of the islands to be privately owned; Lucy and Robert Dorrien-Smith currently care for it.

This island has a little bit of everything – from dramatic rocky outcrops, bronze age burial sites and castle ruins, to secluded sandy beaches and, of course, the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden. This gardeners paradise hosts a mighty collection of more than 20,000 exotic plants from all corners of the world – many of which cannot be grown anywhere else in Britain. The Valhalla collection within the Garden is equally remarkable with its colourful display of figureheads salvaged from the islands’ shipwrecks.
The rugged north of the island is a great place to walk and explore, while in the centre of the island, there are bird hides to seek out around Tresco’s freshwater pools. You can hire bikes and golf buggies to travel around, or if you are feeling active, hire a boat, windsurf or kayak. The island is also excellent for beachcombing or simply relaxing on a beach - there’s not many better spots to unwind than the fine white sand of Pentle and Appletree Bays.

Whatever you choose to do on Tresco, you’ll notice that it oozes sophistication at every level - from its art gallery and fabulous deli to the amazing eateries serving fine local produce.
Bryher
A weathered yet truly beautiful island of vibrant contrasts

Pounded by Atlantic waves on one side, yet blessed with calm sandy beaches on the other, Bryher is an island of theatrical differences - the perfect place to enjoy a taste of untamed Scilly. Around 80 people inhabit the island.
Whether you're exploring rocky coves, lazing on white sandy beaches or hiking up one of its small granite hills for some great views, Bryher serves up a wonderful sense of freedom and purity. 
Whether you're exploring rocky coves, lazing on white sandy beaches or hiking up one of its small granite hills for some great views, Bryher serves up a wonderful sense of freedom and purity. 

You can admire the granite stacks on Shipman Head - and get up close at low tide if you're happy to scramble the rocks; you can watch the Atlantic rollers thunder into Hell Bay (spectacular in winter!); and you can enjoy the calm and tranquillity of Rushy Bay overlooking Samson.

The entire island is criss-crossed by tracks and dotted with stalls selling fresh produce including farm eggs, local vegetables, freshly landed seafood and mouth-watering island fudge. Also on the island is England's most westerly pub and a Jamie Oliver ‘Best British Boozer’, the Fraggle Rock Bar. The Bryher shop, the chandlery, artists' studios and the boatyards where you can hire boats and kayaks all combine to enrich the simple pleasures that make up Bryher.
St. Agnes
Totally untamed and thoroughly unblemished

On the most south-westerly edge of the Isles of Scilly, St. Agnes is totally untouched and astoundingly peaceful. It measures just a mile or so across, and its closest neighbour is Gugh, to which a sand bar at low tide joins it.

This is an island of wonderful contrasts, from rocky crags on its exposed west coast to paradise beaches in its more sheltered coves; the tranquillity of the sandbar between St. Agnes and Gugh is particularly magical. Inland are charming cottages and a jigsaw of flower fields, while a lighthouse stands at the island’s highest point. St. Agnes is also a thriving community of working farms and artistic, light industrial flair.
St. Agnes urges your senses to seek adventure. Head off in search of the circular maze of rounded beach stones; wonder at the stone stacks and cairns that mark Wingletang Down, or explore the beaches for shipwrecked treasures at Beady Pool. Periglis Beach is a fine spot for a picnic as well as a shell collectors’ bliss. It also offers stunning views across to the bird sanctuary that is Annet, the Western Rocks and out to Bishop Rock. And then there’s the Old Man of Gugh, who stands 3 metres tall and is believed to be connected with Bronze Age rituals.

Of course, there is always the option to simply go for a dip, or sit and watch the world go by whilst sampling the local produce at the restaurants and cafés, or sipping a beer at the Turk’s Head pub.
St. Martin's
An expedition to unearth your favourite beach

Crystal clear waters, serene beaches and a prevailing sense of calm make St. Martin's a delight. With its iconic red and white Daymark it is the first island you spot as you cross from the mainland.

The island is just two miles long, yet it has some of the finest beaches in the British Isles, if not the world. Whether exploring the rock pools in Lawrence’s Bay, or taking a plunge in the water off the sweeping Par Beach or simply chilling on Wine Cove or Great Bay, they all jostle for the honour! Furthermore, the spectacular flowers, plant life, rare birds and extraordinary sea views along the heathery cliff path walks all add to the delight of St. Martin’s unmistakable splendour. Exploring the islets of Nornour, Ganilly and Menawethan from St. Martin’s also allows you to spot colonies of seals not very far off shore.
Behind these beautiful scenes, there lies an enterprising and diverse community. The 120 or so inhabitants are industrious folk – there’s a fantastic dive school offering underwater adventures and snorkelling with seals, a locally-inspired silver jewellery designer, a vineyard offering guided tours and tasters, a bakery selling breads and freshly-made savouries, a gallery showcasing local artists, a local store and various eateries offering lunches, light snacks, cream teas and even hand caught fish with home dug chips!!
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