Isles of Scilly

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Weather & Tides
Saturday - Light Cloud
Maximum: 13C, Minimum: 12C
Wind: 22mph Easterly, Visibility: Very Good, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:59 BST, Sunset: 18:19 BST
Sunday - Light Rain
Maximum: 13C, Minimum: 12C
Wind: 35mph Easterly, Visibility: Very Good, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 08:01 BST, Sunset: 18:17 BST
Monday - Light Cloud
Maximum: 14C, Minimum: 13C
Wind: 13mph Southerly, Visibility: Very Good, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 08:02 BST, Sunset: 18:15 BST
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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.

For more information on businesses and services in the Isles of Scilly please use the Marine Services, Pilot notes + charts, Marinas, Food and Drink and Accommodation buttons at the top of this page. For a more in-depth search use our "Blue Pages" Business Directory.
Comments (27)
10/10/2015 @ 7:44 pm
Jerry and Sue
Visited these lovely islands earlier this year and came across your site while searching for information. Great and informative guide and help while we were visiting. tried most of the restaurants you recommend and have no complaints whatsoever. heading over to the Med next. and have just had a look at your Barcelona guide. Port Olympic is going to be our next stop. Hope you're harbour guides are as useful and informative there as they have been here.
30/08/2014 @ 6:24 am
Shaun and Donna
Great place to visit.I love real ale so this place is perfect for me. Most of the hotels and pubs also serve their beers. Fabulous.
30/08/2014 @ 6:21 am
Shaun and Donna Beverley
Juliet Garden:
Great meal and and atmosphere. Highly recommended.
30/08/2014 @ 6:14 am
Glenda and Barry
Lovely to hear from you Jerry and Sheila.What a great holiday. We will try and book the same time as you next year. I have contacted Harbourguides and left our contact details with them, if you contact them they will give them to you,(They have been very helpful) Love to both of you x
Glenda and Barry
29/08/2014 @ 1:30 pm
Jerry Pearson
Hi Glenda and Barry. Great to hear you had a great time. Remember we met at the Schooner bar.Me and Sheila also had a fantastic time. We are definitely going back next year, probably June, hopefully for a couple of weeks.Would be great if you are there at the same time. Not got any contact details for you, so hopefully you see this.
Jerry & Sheila
02/08/2014 @ 8:27 am
Glenda and Barry
We have just had the best holiday in our lives on these incredibly beautiful, unspoilt islands. We are now well into our sixty's, and have travelled far and wide, but for some strange reason we have never visited these islands before. Well we have now, and we will be returning often. We found your guide very useful and easy to use, as we are quite new to the internet.
Best places? There are too many to mention them all, but we did love the vinyard, and the location of Schooners, oh and Juliets Garden, etc etc. as I said too many to mention.
Look forward to returning.
30/07/2014 @ 9:27 am
Wilson Sisters
We are just getting used to using the internet, having been given an Ipad from our children. We took it with us to these beautiful islands and have had great pleasure in using it on your harbour guide.For the first time we now understand how useful the internet is, and why everyone seems to use it so much.
Great experience.
02/06/2014 @ 9:02 am
Harbourguides Crew
Great night Where? Bobby>
01/06/2014 @ 2:28 pm
Great night in here last night......
14/08/2013 @ 9:41 am
James and Helen
Had a fantastic day out at the Scillysailing School, tried wind surfing for first time.
03/08/2013 @ 12:04 pm
Leslie And family
In response to Mary, Helen and Grace's comment, we have stayed at the Schooners and have to agree with your comments.We also loved the whole experience. We also met Keith and he was so accommodating and helpful.
We were not aware that the yacht they have is also available for charter though. Hopefully we will take advantage of this next time we visit.
29/07/2013 @ 12:29 pm
Cpt. Ray
Like the areal shots of the harbours on your pilot notes page. Simple but pretty useful to get an idea of the layout.
29/07/2013 @ 11:38 am
Mary, Helen and Grace
Would just like to add that we also had a fantastic meal and service at Juliets Garden. In fact we have come to the conclusion that all the meals we had on these islands were spot on. Better get on the scales and walk some of it off.
29/07/2013 @ 11:27 am
Mary, Helen and Grace
We have just visited these Islands for the first time, but it wont be our last. Although new to the internet we found your site easy to use and enjoyed trying the various restaurants. Although we were not booked into the Schooners hotel, we found ourselves using it for food and drinks as the location and the service are second to non.
We are planning our next trip here soon and hope to be able to get a reservation there.
If you have never been to these islands before I would strongly recommend this hotel.
They also have a large yacht, that you can go out on. The gentleman we met was called Keith, and he was extremely helpful and courteous.
A big thank you from the three of us.
29/10/2012 @ 8:15 pm
HG Crew
Unfortunately Harbourguides wont be able to update The Isles of Scilly untill early 2013. However we will make sure it is completely up to date for the 2013 season.
01/10/2012 @ 5:42 pm
HG Crew
Thanks for your comment"The Johnson Family" we are glad to hear that you found our guide informative, and we accept that there are certainly more businesses and services on these islands that merit inclusion. Our rep Paul Smith is visiting the islands at the beginning of October to update the guide, and include as many more businesses as possible. Hope you have a great trip to Gibraltar..
18/09/2012 @ 9:33 am
Johnson Famiy
Having just visited these Islands for the first time, we found your guide both informative and honest. We were even able to pass information on to people who had been coming here for decades and were perhaps stuck in their ways and hadn't recognised the changes over the years. However there are quite a lot of businesses that merit some kind of inclusion on your guide, and we have sent you an email with information about said services.
ps having seen your guide to Gibraltar we are planning a trip there in October, will let you know what we think.
Thanks, the Johnsons.
10/02/2012 @ 2:31 pm
Harbourguides Crew
Very elequently put Douglas..We have to agree with your views entirely.
The Crew will be there within the next few months to update the guide.Thanks for your comments.
09/02/2012 @ 6:45 pm
Douglas Noble
We have been going to the Isles of Scilly for many years now, we have noticed that they are not so remote now because ‘Brussels’ in the form of ‘Health & Safety’ have finally caught up with them. Up until recently it was like living in the 1950s over there, but now there is a lot more light pollution as the harbour is lit up like a Christmas tree. There is much less evening entertainment now so there is less to do in the evenings especially if its raining. Over the past ten years the number of vehicles has multiplied ten fold. Having said all that it is still a wonderful place to go if you want a quiet holiday and like walking. You can drink without worrying about driving; taxies are very cheap and will pick you up from anywhere so long as you can tell them roughly where you are! Put the taxi phone numbers in your mobile phone. The off islands are much less developed, visit them all if you can You can hire bicycles but bear in mind it’s quite hilly. As the days go by you will find that you are physically and mentally ‘slowing down’ allowing you to recharge your batteries in readiness for the return home, which will come all too quickly.
11/12/2011 @ 11:24 am
Hi Janet Malcom and twins..We are updating our guide to these islands early 2012 and there will be a lot more information for you to look at. It would be difficult for us to single out any particular hotel or island, but what we can say is that if they are featured on our guide we doubt very much that you would be disappointed
11/12/2011 @ 11:14 am
Janet, Malcom and Twins
We are planning a passage to these isles for our summer holidays in 2012. Although we will be sleeping on our boat some other members of my family will need accommodation..Can you recommend which Island they should stay on etc.
10/12/2011 @ 2:58 pm
Not been to these islands for a few years now, but just looking at your site has reminded me of one of the nicest evenings i have ever had, at the Dibble and Grub with a partner who has now sadly passed away. The memories are great though and i am now thinking about coming back to this wonderful part of the world. So thanks.
10/12/2011 @ 1:33 pm
Harbourguides Crew
We are planning to update our guide to these fabulous islands early in 2012, its got to be one of the Harbourguide Crews most enjoyable sites to work..We just love the atmosphere and the residents here..Look forward to seeing you all and compiling a great guide for future visitors..
12/11/2011 @ 9:25 am
Bob from Penzance
HG it would be worth your while to pay Scilly another visit. There has been quite a few changes over the last few months ie. new restaurants,shops etc.
10/09/2011 @ 5:03 am
Mat and Sheila Walsh
We are planning to come to the islands later on this year, and have been looking at the accommodation on this site. We are thinking of staying at the Schooner Hotel, as it looks an ideal location and within our price range,can someone give us some feedback on what its like there as its our first visit and a special occasion.
Thanks Mat
09/08/2011 @ 9:10 am
HG Crew
We last updated our guide to these beautiful islands two years ago and they were still as unspoilt as ever..we are now due to update the guide later this year,and like you we hope they stay the same for many years to come..... I'm sure they will.
08/08/2011 @ 7:53 pm
Sarah Rodgson
Its been twelve years since we last visited these beautiful islands.Please tell me they are as unspoilt as they were then as we are re-visiting later this year and are fearing they will have lost their mystique and innocence.
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Business Reviews (4)
10/10/2015 @ 8:11 pm
Schooner Hotel by Sarah and Mick
Oh My God, just stumbled accross you, we are thinking of visiting the beautiful Isles of Scilly early next year. Its been 9 years or so since we were last there. We didnt stay in your hotel but frequented your bar and restaurant as often as we could. great to see you are still there and cant wait to call in again. do you still have that beautiful boat that was moored outside the hotel?
30/08/2014 @ 6:24 am
Ales of Scilly by Shaun and Donna
Great place to visit.I love real ale so this place is perfect for me. Most of the hotels and pubs also serve their beers. Fabulous.
30/08/2014 @ 6:20 am
Juliet's Garden Restaurant by Shaun and Donna Beverley
Great meal and and atmosphere. Highly recommended.
02/08/2014 @ 8:31 am
Schooner Hotel by Glenda and Barry
Just love the location of this fabulous Hotel Restaurant. We didnt stay here as it was our first time on the Islands, but we ate here and found it fabulous. The owner was extremely polite and helpful. When we return we will be staying here providing they have vacancies.
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