Isles of Scilly
Escape. Wander. Daydream. Explore.
The magical Isles of Scilly, Britain’s only island archipelago just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall, are a haven for those dreaming of open spaces, relaxation and tranquillity.
With over 100 islands, there’s so much to explore. How about a sailing trip to visit seals or puffins or a picnic on an uninhabited island? For the more adventurous, there are many challenging dive sites around Scilly such as the HMS Association, a 300 year old ship wreck near the famous Bishop Rock Lighthouse, Britain’s tallest. For all who visit, the Islands offer a real escape, with many quiet coastal paths, nature reserves and coves to enjoy.
There are 5 inhabited Islands: St Mary’s the largest and the hub of activity, Bryher, St Agnes, St Martin’s and Tresco. There are more detailed descriptions on each under "The Islands" tab above.
Due to the mild climate, a result of the Gulf Stream that passes close by, colourful displays of exotic plants and flowers abound; their scents accompanying the visitor on many a coastal walk. Indeed, numerous rare species found nowhere else in Britain, thrive here as a result.
So special are the islands, historically and environmentally, that the whole area is a protected Marine Park, a Heritage Coast and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Preserved, so that it can be enjoyed by islanders and visitors alike for many generations to come.
So, breathe in that air and enjoy your visit!