The Isles of Scilly: Where to stay and what to do


Just 28 miles off the Cornish mainland coast lay the Isles of Scilly. Most of the six inhabited isles have no road traffic, none have very many inhabitants and all have white sandy beaches and palm trees, and with an average of eight hours of sunshine per day, it is often classed as the sunniest place in the UK. There are around 140 isles in total, but most are wildly uninhabited.

You can fly with Skybus from Newquay or Lands End in around 20-30 minutes to reach St Marys, the most populated island, or take the Scillonian ferry from Penzance, which takes around 2 hours 40 minutes on a good day. You’ll also be able to fly to St Mary’s and Tresco from Penzance Heliport from 2018.

Flying over the Cornish coastline

Arrivals at St Mary’s

If you arrive at St Mary’s and arrange onward travel to another isle from there, you’ll be taken by speedboat.

You’ll straightaway notice the peace, only punctuated by the wildlife, wherever you land. With a sweet chorus of birds as your alarm, hens roaming free from their pens and dolphins and seals often spotted from the shore. You’ll find tonnes of washed up shells and crab claws on the beaches. And if you have a taste for the crustaceans, you can meet and hold the real live thing at the Crab Shack on Bryher, before eating them up as part of a seafood feast.

We stayed on the Isles of Bryher and Tresco, which I have written about, here on

Map copyright of Tresco


St Mary’s








  1. November 29, 2017 / 12:49 am

    I love your map you created! Did you commission someone for it?

    • November 29, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      Hi Rosalie! Thanks, it’s lovely, isn’t it? It was actually from Tresco Island, I will add the credit in now. Gives such a sense of the beauty of the isles. Have you been?

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