Anchored only 28 miles from the Cornish coast, this cluster of five inhabited islands has an atmosphere that’s entirely unique. The Isles of Scilly is a truly serene location, where mainland cares melt away.
Scilly’s welcoming community of just over 2,000 people enjoys a tranquil way of life. Small boats hop between the main settlements of St Mary’s, St Agnes, Tresco, Bryher and St Martin’s, with several smaller outcrops to explore in between.
Circled by miles of coastline and designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the landscape is a haven for wildlife. Here, you can see everything from seals, dolphins and puffins to rare ferns and flowers. Taking advantage of the unique local microclimate, the Tresco Abbey Garden nurtures open-air exotics from locations such as South America, South Africa and New Zealand.
Largely pedestrianised, the islands are a perfect location for cycling and walking. Collect bicycles or slip on your walking boots for a leisurely trip along the country lanes. A scenic coast path loops around St Mary’s, passing beaches and beauty spots that are ideal for picnics. On the water, try your hand at paddleboarding, sailing or sea swimming, or dive beneath the waves for a chance to see one of Scilly’s many famous shipwrecks.