Inhabited since the Stone Age, the Isles of Scilly are steeped in history and adventure. A combination of Atlantic extremes and sub tropical havens the archipelago offers a surprisingly diverse choice for discerning travellers. It is also a magnet for sailing enthusiasts, with an incredible variety of conditions, from the challenge of the Atlantic to the tranquillity of the Channel.
The largest island, ST. MARY’S may well be only two and a half miles by one and three quarter miles but it is also home to around seventy five percent of the population. Hugh Town, the ‘capitol of the Isles of Scilly’, stands on a sandbar with a bustling centre, historic port (with it’s famous shipping route to Penzance), fine restaurants, hotels and pubs. In total contrast the rest of St. Mary’s is a virtual tapestry of woodlands, heaths, marshland and dune covered beaches.
There is plenty to tempt sporting enthusiasts too - golf, cycling, horse riding, world-class water sport and sailing facilities including fishing, windsurfing and scuba diving. For the cultured visitor the island offers a rich heritage of architecture, art and crafts. St.Mary’s is also the perfect base from which to explore the rest of the islands.
The island of TRESCO was bought by, wealthy merchant banker, Augustus Smith from the Duchy of Cornwall in the mid 1830s and has remained in ownership of the family ever since. Augustus was an avid plant collector and established the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden, home to countless sub tropical and temperate plant-life from around the world. The small population virtually all work within the holiday industry that has thrived through the development of the gardens offering the chance for visitors to embrace the idyllic coastal and rural areas of Tresco whilst enjoying the very best hospitality available.
BRYHER may be the smallest community of the Isles of Scilly but is arguably the most colourful, the splendour of wildflowers during spring is the stuff of legends. The island is also a resting place for countless migratory birds in autumn and home to the awe-inspiring Atlantic ravaged Hell Bay.
The untouched beauty of ST.AGNES is breathtaking. With its tiny flower farming community the island has managed to maintain an air of tranquillity. Surrounded by stunning hidden coves, white sandy beaches and rock pools leading to crystal clear waters, St. Agnes is a truly magical place.
For those looking for a peaceful holiday ST.MARTINS, the third largest of the Isles of Scilly is ideal. The white sands and clear waters of the coastline are but the icing on the cake for an area of virtually unspoilt beauty. Whatever the time of year St. Martins offers the very best of nature’s wonders. From fishing and snorkelling to coastal walks and stunning views the island is never anything less that remarkable.
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