Holiday on the Isles of Scilly

Everybody should visit Scilly at least once. Scroll down to find out more about the islands and why people come back year after year.

 

In this section you can find out all about the individual island destinations, how to get here, where to stay and things to do.

About the Isles of Scilly

It’s hard to believe that a sub-tropical paradise can exist in the United Kingdom but that is exactly what lies in this granite outcrop some 28 miles off the Cornish coast; indeed the Isles of Scilly came second in a list of top 10 islands of the world compiled by National Geographic Magazine in 2012.

What you see is what you get – verdant low lying land masses bordered by sparkling white beaches amidst crystal clear water in a temperate climate where exotic plants thrive and rare wildlife flourishes.

Some say a visit to the Isles of Scilly is like stepping back in time, particularly on the smaller islands where there are practically no cars. The fact that tides and sea conditions determine movements between the islands mean life operates at a pace in accordance with that which nature intended.

 

The isolation of even the most moderate social problems such as litter, vandalism and anti-social behaviour lends to the overwhelming sense of serenity and security the visitor feels immediately upon arrival and enables them to switch off completely – and is that not the point of a holiday in the first place? No wonder so many people keep returning year after year.

Getting here is an adventure, getting around from island to island is an adventure and with so much to see and do it is arguable that the Isles of Scilly is the greatest natural adventure playground in the country. What is not in doubt is that the Isles of Scilly is a truly world-class holiday destination.

There are no pleasure piers, amusement arcades or theme parks on Scilly. The archipelago is a natural theme park providing as much or as little to do in accordance with your wishes and entirely at your own pace.

There is so much to discover on Scilly beyond its natural beauty, such as its rich maritime history and former strategic importance to the UK, plus its archaeological heritage, remains of which are scattered all around for the explorer to uncover at their leisure.

For the more active there are a host of activities on offer and of course you can take advantage of some of the finest beaches in Europe. Even if you wish to do nothing at all you cannot avoid some of the most breathtaking views anywhere in the country.

There are five inhabited islands where you can stay, Bryher, St Agnes, St Martin's, St Mary's and Tresco, and while they all share a common natural beauty, each is unique in character and represents the best of Scilly in its own way.

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