Isles of Scilly
Magical, peaceful, unforgettable
The Isles of Scilly are like nowhere else in England. Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt, they nestle 28 miles off Land’s End in Cornwall but seem like a world apart. They offer a certain quality of life - simpler, kinder and more peaceful; a quality long lost to many other parts of the UK.
When you arrive here, you’ll immediately sense that you have discovered something special as you glimpse the cluster of low-lying islands amid a turquoise lagoon, some fringed by rocks, others by white sandy beaches, and all bathed in a light of wonderful intensity. The entire archipelago has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
There are five inhabited islands (and some 140 uninhabited ones) - each with its distinct characteristics. With five individual destinations to explore it’s the perfect place to drop anchor for a couple of nights, or more!
St. Mary’s is the largest, home to 1,800 residents. The other, smaller, inhabited islands are Tresco, St. Martin’s, Bryher and St. Agnes – each supporting between 80 and 140 residents.
The islands, warmed by the Gulf Stream, are a haven for unusual flowers and plants. Frost and snow rarely make an appearance, so gardeners can grow exotic species from all over the world. As you walk across the islands, and particularly if you visit the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden, you’ll spot vibrant, sun-loving plants from the Canaries, South Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand – all looking wonderfully at home here in Scilly.
Scilly boasts a remarkable ancient history and archaeology, alongside sweeping sea views and rugged undeveloped coasts. Our heritage revolves around the sea - fishing for lobsters, crabs and crawfish; and racing traditional pilot gigs. There are flower farms and vineyards to visit too. Out at sea, there are incredible shipwreck sites and amazing wildlife - seals, puffins, dolphins, cormorants, shags and the rarer Manx Shearwaters and Storm Petrels.
The sea air, clean seas and mild weather also provide the additional ingredients to a wonderful array of locally produced food: lobster, crab, island-reared beef, Scilly duck, fudge and ice-creams, as well as locally made wines and beers.
Scilly is a breath-taking location that gives back life’s simplest pleasures.