Isles Of Scilly


St Martin's Lower Town Beach, Isles of Scilly, England  (Stephen Rees/Shutterstock)

St Martin's Lower Town Beach, Isles of Scilly, England (Stephen Rees/Shutterstock)

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Why Go To The Isles Of Scilly?

The Isles of Scilly have to be visited to be believed. Just some of the things you can do on the Scillies that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Reach Britain's south-western extremity but feel like you're in the Caribbean on this tropical-looking archipelago
  • Marvel open-jawed at the white sandy brilliance and azure waters of the many beaches
  • Enjoy a Scilly place name in a country of many silly place names

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A low-lying archipelago of 140 islands casually relaxing in the Atlantic, 28 miles from Land's End. Only 5 of the islands are inhabited - Bryher is the smallest and wildest, Tresco has the famous Abbey Gardens. All in all, a totally tropical ambience with its white sand beaches, palm trees, clear blue waters and a fun-sounding name. Get your timing right and at super-low tides it's possible to walk between some of the islands.

Yachts racing in the Scilly Isles, England  (Anna Kepa/Shutterstock)

Yachts racing in the Scilly Isles, England (Anna Kepa/Shutterstock)

The essential journey in the Scillies is just getting there, really. Whichever way you approach, it's a spectacular sight but arriving by air does give that special viewpoint and accompanying sense of smugness. 

The official promo...

Sure, this is a sponsored event but it does show off the scenery rather well...

Getting To The Isles Of Scilly, Maps & Guides

Getting there: Sleeper train from London to Penzance (9.5 hrs), followed by flight (0.5 hr) or ferry (3 hrs). Or fly from Newquay (0.5 hr) or Exeter (1 hr)

Travel times from where you are: See the Isles of Scilly on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Bradt Cornwall & Scilly guide.

Walking route guidance: This from Visit Isles Of Scilly, and they've got a walking festival twice a year called - obviously - Walk Scilly.

Tourist board: Visit Isles Of Scilly. Great online / orderable guide here.

Even More Isles Of Scilly Adventure Inspiration

   Port Conger, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly  (Neil Duggan/Shutterstock)


Port Conger, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly (Neil Duggan/Shutterstock)

For starters, have a look at the Guardian's guide to the Isles of Scilly. A similar intro from Wanderlust is quite good too.
The BBC's excellent Ramblings podcast has - of course - made it to the Scillies. This time, they're on the island of Bryher.


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