The Islands of Scilly

ST. AGNES AND GUGH

Written by Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:19

St. Agnes is more of a self-contained island, with sandy beaches and rugged coves.

There are ancient standing stones and burrows, an ancient maze and a lighthouse on the island.

There is a large natural lake and the island has many coastal and criss cross paths. The island is very popular with bird watchers, particularly in the late summer and the autumn.

As excellent spot for beaches and views is the sandbar, which connects St. Agnes to the Island of Gugh which can be reached on foot at low tides.

There is also a local pub, stores and cafes available for refreshments.

ST. MARTIN'S

Written by Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:17

St.Martin's is one of the longest islands and is noted for its long sandy beaches, and it is excellent for bathing.

There are coastal and heath walks across the island and up to the Day Mark, where there are wonderful views across the islands.

There is also a pub and café available on the island.

The island also has the most South West Vineyard in the UK which can be visited including the opportunity to purchase local wine.

TRESCO

Written by Sunday, 25 December 2011 13:26

The second largest island is Tresco, which has subtropical gardens around Tresco Abbey, and Abbey and Great Pool. The gardens contain plants which generally do not grow in Britain or Northern Europe, and includes the Valhalla ship's figurehead museum.

Tresco has a fascinating landscape with castle ruins and historic tombs, and woodland walks.

Again, the beaches are clean and peaceful to enjoy with azure seas.

BRYHER

Written by Sunday, 25 December 2011 13:23

The second largest island is Tresco, which has subtropical gardens around Tresco Abbey, and Abbey and Great Pool. The gardens contain plants which generally do not grow in Britain or Northern Europe, and includes the Valhalla ship's figurehead museum.

Tresco has a fascinating landscape with castle ruins and historic tombs, and woodland walks.

Again, the beaches are clean and peaceful to enjoy with azure seas.

ST. MARY'S

Written by Sunday, 25 December 2011 13:23

St. Mary's is the main island in Scilly and the majority of the population reside on St. Mary's. Hugh Town is the main town, which has a collection of shops, pubs and restaurants, museums and craft facilities can be found.

The main harbour is also at Hugh Town, where the Scillonian Ferry docks. It is also a very colourful area as there are many boats anchored and there is often a great deal of activity during the day.

There are many bays and beaches to enjoy such as Porthcressa, Harbour, Porthmellon, and Porthloo.

There are nature trails and walks from Hugh Town and Old Town, such as the Garrison Walk around Star Castle, Peninnis Walk to the lighthouse, and from Old Town around Porth Hellic Bay.

St. Mary's offers many activities and events throughout the year, including gig racing from the harbour, so it is an excellent base to plan your holiday.

As the island has several fresh water lakes, it is very popular with bird watchers throughout the year, but in particularly in late summer and also during the bird migration.