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TROPICAL OASIS The winning photo from the 2015 Isles of Scilly Photography Competition, taken by Megan Gallacher For more competition photos, see page 6.

CONTENTS Foreword.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Things we Love About Scilly.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Let the Adventure Begin .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 14 You've Arrived .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Island Hopping..

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Isles of Scilly Almanac .. .. Romantic Scilly.. ..


Hand Luggage Only .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Island Guide .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 32

St. Mary's.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 34

Tresco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

St. Martin's .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

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St. Agnes .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 49

A Sense of Occasion.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..


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Inspired by Scilly, Made on Scilly .. .. Return of the Shearwater .. As Fresh as the Sea ..

Botanical Paradise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Staying on Scilly.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Using our Listings.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Accommodation: Hotels, B&Bs and Self Catering.. . . . . . . . . . 80 Accommodation: Camping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Map of Hugh Town and St. Mary's.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 120



BETWEEN THE ROCKS Peninnis Lighthouse, St. Mary's.



I love lighthouses. I’m not sure exactly why, but they speak to a forethought of kindness for strangers: a literal beacon, conceived for the safety and wellbeing of others, known or unknown. Scilly has some of my favourite lighthouses. This summer, visiting for the first time with my boyfriend who was born on St. Mary’s, we walked up and around the corner from The Turks Head on St. Agnes and I felt the familiar rush of something upon seeing the 18th Century lighthouse in the distance. On another day we walked from the Garrison, down through the town, stopping only to buy our ice creams before continuing up Buzza Hill. My 7 year old Henry had, like most children, been horrified at the idea of a walk as entertainment, but as we emerged from the relative shelter of the trees and onto the peninsula, the rush of wind, light and the curving path towards Peninnis lighthouse compelled him to briefly shout and then run. We found him pressed into one of the giant, smooth knuckles of rock, out of breath, face turned towards the sun, regarding the lighthouse. It stands 17 metres tall; powerful and beautiful - steadfast in the face of whatever is heading in from the southwest. Henry pointed out that due to the exposed steel lattice work that begins half way up (or down), the lighthouse looks like a lady who “forgot to put on her skirt”. Scilly is a truly remarkable place. To me, its many lighthouses are a symbol of how these glorious islands are intrinsically connected with the sea and how the Scillonians who live here have, for hundreds of years, used profound inherited knowledge to navigate both.

Minnie Driver debuted in Circle of Friends and followed up with roles in Grosse Pointe Blank, Good Will Hunting (for which she was nominated an Academy Award) and Goldeneye. She visited the Isles of Scilly for the first time in 2015.



BLOCK HOUSE BEACH, TRESCO Sweeping sands looking towards St. Helen’s and Teän.

World-class beaches are a speciality and all the islands have at least one jaw-dropping beauty LESLEY GILLILAN, COAST MAGAZINE



THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT SCILLY Everyone who comes to Scilly falls in love and longs to return – whether they’re here for just one day, a relaxing weekend to recharge, or a longer holiday full of adventure. And it’s easy to see why. There’s something about the islands that has people instantly reaching for their cameras and capturing wonderful memories. Here are some of our favourites taken from this year’s Isles of Scilly Photography Competition: everything we – and you – love about Scilly. Image: Chris Dicken

Image: Rees Fitzpatrick

The romance of travel

A treat for your senses

Where else in England can you arrive on holiday on a scheduled flight from a tiny airport in a small 8- or 17-seater aircraft with what feels like your own personal pilot? Arriving by sea from Penzance is equally pleasurable… set sail aboard the passenger ferry and leave all your worries behind. Nothing to do except watch for the wildlife, enjoy a coffee and simply relax.

Scilly is a place that conjures deep emotion. It’s a place to peel back the complexities of life. Lose yourself in its innocent beauty and easy laid-back style. Bathe in a light of wonderful intensity. Taste Scilly’s sweet sea air. Relish the gentle sound of caressing waves. Feel the texture of fine white sand running through your fingers. From the moment you first glimpse the islands to the minute you bid them farewell.

Image: Mark Smith

Feeling great You really can relax and chill out here. The air is pure, the water clear blue, the scenery is stunning. There are yoga breaks on offer, spa facilities to enjoy and amazing coastal walks from your doorstep. Or simply head off on a short boat trip across to another island. Soak up the breathtaking views on your way or take a refreshing dip. This all adds up to a fabulous sense of wellbeing until long after you’ve returned home!

Image: Eve Mustin

Image: Rosie Robinson

Massively family friendly

Shimmering seas

Last October, we won the 2015 Family Traveller Award for Best UK Destination, and it’s easy to see why! Scilly is a wonderful safe haven for children, with a captivating natural environment for them to explore. Families can get back to enjoying simple pastimes together such as beachcombing
for shells and treasure, fishing and crabbing, boating, cycling and horse riding. Scilly is the ultimate familyfriendly destination.

Scilly pulsates to the rhythm of the sea. It dominates life here. In summer, the bays, coves and quays come alive with boats of every shape and size. From yachts and tripper boats to pilot gigs and dinghies; from water taxis and fishing boats to canoes and kayaks. You can snorkel with seals and feel them nibble your flippers, and dive the wrecks, too. Explore Scilly on the water and experience a piece of island life.



Image: Megan Gallacher

Image: Tony James

A different island every day

Amazing birds and wildlife

There are five inhabited islands that make up the Isles of Scilly – all small and all very close together. There are also many uninhabited ones to explore. It’s easy to do one island a day (or indeed, three in one!) so hop on a “tripper” boat and go explore. Walking is the best way to get around – and you’ll soon discover that each of the inhabited islands has a unique charm and character all its own.

The Isles of Scilly are home to a rich tapestry of wildlife. It is the only place in England where Storm petrels breed. It’s home to 75% of the world’s Manx shearwater population – and, excitingly, for the first time in a generation, chicks have started to breed here once more. Puffins arrive at the end of April and leave around mid-July. Look out, too, for red squirrels, cormorants, gannets, seals and occasional dolphins.

Image: Martin Williams-Peck

It’s easy to have fun Scilly is fun and there’s a lot to do if you’re an active sort! Here are just a few things you can do whilst you’re here: cycling, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling (with or without seals), diving, sea-swimming, golf, trail running, yoga, tennis – and walking, of course. You might also try your hand at gig racing. All the locals are incredibly friendly – they’ll be only too pleased that you want to have a go.

Image: Andrew Ferris

We eat what we catch and grow

These serene and magical islands have so much to offer families. JEMIMA NATHAN FAMILY TRAVELLER

Here on Scilly, not only do you know where your food comes from, but you can often point to the fisherman or farmer who provided it! We take great pride in our rich variety of local Scillonian produce – freshly caught lobster and crab, succulent duck and beef, lush ice cream, jams, fudge, chocolate, wines and beers – all grown or produced lovingly across the islands and served up at many of our restaurants, cafés, pubs and roadside farm stalls.

Image: Jasmin Jope

Together time If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, look no further. Scilly is perfect for couples seeking some quality time together – or indeed for getting married! It’s quiet, it’s beautiful, it’s relaxed and it’s unmistakably romantic. Relish long strolls together, book some spa treatments, and sip champagne as you watch the sun go down. Whatever your reason for loving our islands, Scilly is the perfect place for any special occasion.



Image: Ben Mitchell

Image: Andrew Cox

Our beaches simply sparkle

Flowers to enjoy all year

Even in the height of summer, you can enjoy beaches in Scilly all to yourself. Long stretches of sparkling white sand reminiscent of the Caribbean, and the sparkling crystal clear blue waters that surround the island archipelago. Admire the tiny inlets, coves and rocky outcrops that punctuate the more rugged of our coastlines. Balmy summer days or wild winter blows, there’s a deserted beach for every mood. Just for you.

The Isles of Scilly bloom all year long. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the islands are a wonderful haven for unusual and exotic plants and flowers from all over the world. Marvel at more than 20,000 species at the stunning Tresco Abbey Garden, and at the agapanthus, proteas and many other wild flowers that thrive throughout the summer. From late October, come and enjoy fields of scented narcissi, grown extensively and exported far and wide.

Fascinating heritage

Image: Chris Slaney

Scilly’s history is compelling – especially as it mingles so effortlessly with modern-day life. Our tiny land mass is home to 239 scheduled monuments, giving the islands a greater density of historical sites than anywhere else in the British Isles. From maritime shipwrecks to Bronze Age burial chambers dating back 3,000 years: from deserted Christian chapels on St. Helen’s to fortified castles and headlands from the British Civil War.

Image: Jemma Lessware

Magnificent walking People come to Scilly year-round to explore the wilderness on foot, and no wonder. There are more than 30 miles of nature trails and walks on St. Mary’s alone, while all the off-islands offer fantastic opportunities to walk their length and breadth. Every April and October, Scilly hosts Walk Scilly – a festival of themed, guided walks taking in our spectacular history, diverse coastal and country scenery, exotic plants and wildlife.

Image: Carol Seymour

Artistic talent Per head of population (we’re not many!), Scilly boasts a plethora of artistic talent: some born and bred, others lured by the islands’ intensity of light and its effect on ever-changing seascapes and landscapes. Every island has its galleries and every island has its artists working in a variety of media – from oil painting, watercolours, leatherwork and jewellery to exquisite stained glass, pottery and screen-printing. Feast your eyes and take home some memories to cherish.

TELL YOUR STORY All the stunning photos you see in this section have been selected from the Isles of Scilly Photo Competition, which we host every summer for visitors to share with us beautiful memories of their Scilly holiday. This year's winning photo was Tropical Oasis (see inside front cover), taken by Megan Gallacher who has won a short break to Scilly next year. Enter our 2016 Photo Competition and you, too, could win a holiday: 11

A holiday in the Isles of Scilly, with its extraordinary climate, is the closest you’ll get to travelling abroad in the UK. It’s the kind of special place you yearn for as a family. JANE ANDERSON, EDITOR, FAMILY TRAVELLER



LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN Planning your journey to Scilly is where your adventure begins. You can fly with Skybus from Land's End (15 minutes), Newquay (30 minutes) or Exeter (1 hour), or you can sail on the Scillonian III from Penzance (2 hours, 45 minutes). Isles of Scilly Travel operates both Skybus and Scillonian III. There are no less than 13 direct and scheduled connections to Newquay and Exeter from across the UK – and more from Europe. There are plenty of hotel options within easy commuting distance of both airports too, should you require an overnight stay. Getting to Land's End and Penzance is also stress-free. If you don’t fancy the drive to the West Country why not arrive in style with Great Western Railway? The Night Riviera Service from London Paddington arrives in

Penzance in time for the morning departure on the Scillonian III. If you're flying from Land's End, there are seamless shuttle bus transfers from Penzance Station throughout the day direct to Land's End Airport, courtesy of Isles of Scilly Travel. There are many keen yachtsmen too, who opt to sail to Scilly. Not for the faint-hearted due to complicated navigation of the rocks, but an adventure definitely! The Harbour Master’s office will be delighted to advise on visitor moorings at St. Mary’s, Tresco and St. Martin’s and a variety of other anchorages. Whichever way you opt to travel, getting to Scilly really is unique: hassle-free, uncrowded and relaxed – just like Scilly itself! By the time you arrive in St. Mary’s (Scilly’s gateway to all the islands), you’ll definitely already be in holiday mode.



13 direct UK connections, and many more from Europe



Belfast City

Liverpool Manchester


Birmingham Stansted Newquay Cornwall


City Gatwick

Exeter Land's End




Skybus flights operate regularly to St. Mary’s (Scilly’s main island) from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter Airports. A shuttle bus operates to and from Land’s End airport and Penzance Railway Station. You will fly in either the 8-seater Islander or 17-seater Twin Otter. There is plenty of parking at all airports, and a dedicated Park & Ride service in Penzance.

The Scillonian III passenger ferry operates six days a week from March to November (seven in high season) from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly. Although tides occasionally dictate travel times, generally speaking the boat leaves Penzance at 9.15am, arriving in St. Mary’s just before noon, and leaves St. Mary’s at 4.30pm arriving back in Penzance just after 7pm.

01736 334220

01736 334220

Sail to the islands any way you like! The Harbour Master’s office will be delighted to advise on visitor moorings at St. Mary’s, Tresco and St. Martin’s and a variety of other anchorages. We listen on VHF Channel 16 and the working Channel is 14.

Great Western Railway offers a combined ticket that sees you travel by train to Penzance, including by night sleeper, and then connect either directly onto the ferry or onto a flight from Land’s End via a short transfer. The special deal is available from selected stations.

Smuggler’s Inn at the Airways Hotel is just 300m from Newquay airport. Comfortable, quiet and relaxed. Family run by old Scillonian boatmen John Hicks and Rod Cresswell. Home cooked lunches and dinner. Very good rates for rooms and for peace of mind parking while you’re away.

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Scilly Parking offers secure parking for customers travelling to the Scillies. Passengers are taken to the quay with their luggage and collected on return at no extra cost. Overnight accommodation on site is also available. Dogs welcome. Book online or call to take advantage of our friendly and reliable service. Est. 2007 01736 740277


By air...

YOU'VE ARRIVED A warm, Scillonian welcome awaits when you arrive on St. Mary’s, Scilly’s gateway. Don’t imagine a major port, however! The island is tiny: the beautifully redesigned airport a breeze to navigate; the quay and harbour is quaint, and you and your luggage will be on your way to your holiday accommodation in no time.

On arrival in St. Mary’s you’ll be escorted to the arrivals hall where your luggage will appear almost as quickly as you do!


– Isles of Scilly Travel always endeavours to support passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility. If you require travel assistance please inform them when you book. Please call 01736 334220 or email

Toots Taxi Offering a friendly, reliable and comfortable taxi service. Available for quay pick up/drop offs, meeting the Scillonian, tours, weddings and short trips. Working daytimes and evenings, seven days a week. 1 x minibus & 2 x cars seating 18. 01720 422142 / 07570 624669 D.J. Cabs Reliable first class service from Scillonian taxi company operating 7 days a week. Airport and Garrison pick up. Meet and greet service from Scillonian and airport. 2 x 9 seater vehicles catering for up to 16 passengers. Dogs free. 01720 423775

By sea... The Quay on St. Mary’s is a hive of activity particularly when the Scillonian III arrives alongside. As you disembark from the passenger ferry, you’ll be escorted to where your luggage can be collected.

Awaiting you in arrivals will be a team of shuttle bus drivers who will ask where you’re booked in to stay and will take you there. They know all the accommodation across St. Mary’s, so you won’t need to provide directions; just the name will do! A small flat rate will get you there and back at the end of your holiday.

STAYING ON ST. MARY'S? Grab your luggage – the drivers will help you – and hop on one of the shuttle buses. They go to different parts of the island, depending on where you’re staying, so make sure you’re on the right one!

BRYHER, ST. MARTIN’S, ST. AGNES? There’ll be a shuttle bus waiting at the airport for anyone heading off to holiday on St. Agnes, Bryher or St. Martin’s. Just let one of the drivers know, grab your luggage – the drivers will help you – and hop on to the appropriate mini bus for a lift down to St. Mary’s Quay and your connecting boat.

HEADING FOR TRESCO? If you’re staying on Tresco, a member of their team will simply meet you at the airport and whisk you away on the Tresco Shuttle – you’ll be met on the island and your luggage taken care of too.

If you’re staying on St. Mary’s, and your luggage is clearly labelled with your holiday address, it will be collected off the quay and delivered to your accommodation by local hauliers who simply “do the rounds”, without any intervention from you. You’ll be free to just walk off the ferry and head straight into Hugh Town or wherever you want to go! It costs just £1.40 per piece of luggage so great value for money. If you prefer you can opt to collect your bags from the quay. Bags for Bryher, Tresco, St. Martin’s or St. Agnes must be clearly labelled with





your name, holiday address and with colour-coded island labels (available at Penzance Quay) to ensure they end up on the right island! The off-island boat services always meet the Scillonian and your luggage is transferred seamlessly on to the correct island boat. Once delivered there, your bags will be taken, generally by tractor, to where you are staying by your accommodation host.



ISLAND HOPPING ON YOUR HOLIDAY One of the greatest pleasures when staying on Scilly is to island hop and discover each island's distinct charms. Scilly has all the colourful boats and experienced boatmen to take you where you want to go. More than 140 islands make up the tiny archipelago that is the Isles of Scilly. All but five are uninhabited, and many provide the ideal sanctuary for an array of rare seabirds, amazing wildlife and stunning coastal walks.

Island to Island No matter which island you are based on for your holiday, it’s easy to visit all the others. Most people “do an island a day” and there’s never a worry that you won’t get to where you want to go as there are plenty of boats laid on. On St. Mary’s, the Boatmen’s Association runs 10 colourful boats, some more than 80 years old, to St. Martin’s, Tresco, St. Agnes and Bryher every day throughout the season. Tresco Boat Services (serving Tresco, Bryher and St. Martin’s) and St. Agnes Boating both offer scheduled services to the other islands throughout the week. There are also evening trips throughout the summer to follow the gig races and “supper boats” that allow you to sample the pubs and restaurants across the islands.

Wonderful wildlife trips There are lots of opportunities to head out to sea to witness Scilly’s captivating wildlife up close! Depending on the time of year, you’ll be able to spot many stunning seabirds including puffins, shearwaters, cormorants, shags, kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots and petrels as they glide across the open water, or perch precariously on a jagged rock! Scilly is also well known for its fabulous colonies of grey Atlantic seals – guaranteed to pop up and say hello.

Uninhabited Islands There’s something magical and mystical about stepping onto Samson, last inhabited by Scillonian families in the 1850s, or discovering the remains of St. Elidius Hermitage. And what about taking in the iconic Bishop Rock Lighthouse, England’s final frontier? Scilly is full of uninhabited islands and a trip to Scilly would not be complete without being dropped onto one of them – and collected, of course!



White Island

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St. Martin’s

St Helen’s Tean Lower Town Old Grimsby

Hell Bay


New Grimsby

Ravens Porth

Lawrence’s Bay

Rushy Point

The Town

St Martin’s Bay

Higher Town Par Beach

Lizard Point

Great Porth


Green Bay

Norrard Rocks

Pentle Bay Appletree Bay

Eastern Isles

Carn Near

Bar Point


Cornwall due East 28 miles >

Toll’s Island Pelistry Bay

St. Mary’s

To Bishop Rock Lighthouse


Deep Point

Porthmellon Hugh Town Old Town

Porth Hellick


Giant’s Castle Old Town Bay

St. Agnes

Peninnis Head

Porth Conger



Higher Lower Town Town

Key Scillonian III Scheduled inter-island routes Boat trips and excursions

Wingletang Bay

Knowing what’s on!

Tresco Boat Services

Tune into Radio Scilly (107.9FM) every morning just before 9.15am to hear the trips of the day, or pop into the Tourist Information Centre on Porthcressa for the latest What’s Ons. There are also lots of display boards across the islands. Scilly is very active on Facebook and Twitter too:

Tresco Boat Services offers year round transport to your destination on Tresco, Bryher or St. Martin’s. From Easter to October daily boat trips offer the opportunity to explore other islands, whilst our wildlife trips take you around the archipelago to seek out birds, seals and see Scilly’s maritime heritage up close.

Follow @ScillyTIC @RadioScilly and @ScillyBoating Call the TIC on 01720 424031 or email

01720 423373

St. Agnes Boating

St. Mary’s Boatmen’s Association

Offers wildlife safaris, scheduled and sea taxi services between St. Agnes and the other islands. Book online using our peace of mind transfer service and we guarantee to meet you even if you are delayed!

Ten large boats providing a full range of services from direct ferry runs to seal and seabird sightseeing, also evening trips. Groups catered for. Discounted fare options. Services run seven days a week.

07990 742982

01720 423999




ST. MARY'S BONNET Bonnet - Peters, 1830

SLIPPEN Slippen - William Peters, 1830 GL E GO LD EN EA

Golden Eagle - Peters, 1870

SE RI CA Serica - Tom Chudleigh, 1967

NORNOUR Nornour - G Pearn, 1971

IS LA ND ER Islander - Tom Chudleigh, 1989

Em ma Lo uis e Emma Louise - Peter Martin, 2003 TREGARTHEN


Tregarthens - Peter Martin, 2012

The Isles of Scilly is home to the largest surviving fleet of 19th Century gigs. Today, they are raced purely for pleasure, but their heritage remains very much a part of island life - from helping incoming ships to navigate the waters to smuggling and performing daring rescues. The Isles of Scilly has long been associated with pilot gigs. The islands were the first port of call after a long Atlantic crossing for fresh supplies or repairs. A ship would pick up a pilot to guide them safely into the shelter of St. Mary’s Pool. When a ship signalled with a

TRESCO & BRYHER CZ AR Czar - Peters, 1879

MEN-A-VAUR Men-a-Vaur - G Pearn 1983 EMPEROR

Emperor - Peter Martin, 2002 S ALFIE JENKIN

flag for a pilot, the gigs would race to get there first and claim the job ST. MARTIN'S – and the payment. Gigs often doubled as DO LP HI N lifeboats, and some were used Dolphin - Tom Chudleigh, 1969 for smuggling goods, as they were quick to launch and could GA LA TE A row straight out into a headwind. Galatea - Ralph Bird, 2001 With their shallow draft, they were IRON MAID ideal for slipping between rocks Iron Maid - Brian Nobbs, 2006 and going alongside shipwrecks – although it was dangerous work ST. AGNES and many men lost their lives or

Alfie Jenkins - Peter Martin, 2010


Shah - Nicholas Peters, 1873

SUSSEX Sussex - Nicholas Peters, 1886 CA MP ER NE LL

Campernell - Peters 1895

LYONNESSE Lyonnesse - Ralph Bird, 1988

TO THE RESCUE 19th April 1910, Czar salvages cattle from the stricken SS Minnehaha. Image: © National Maritime Museum

damaged their boats. Shortly after World War II, the working life of the pilot gig diminished, but racing for pleasure soon became a pastime and a passion on the islands. Scilly hosted the first World Pilot Gig Championship in 1990 with just 19 boats from Cornwall and the islands. Last year attracted some 140 gigs – hosting men’s, ladies’ and veterans’ teams from as far away as the USA. The “champs”, which take place every year, on the first Bank Holiday in May, have become an island spectacle as a carnival atmosphere descends across the archipelago. For more information about gigs and gig racing, have a look at and If you visit Scilly, why not head down to the St. Mary’s gig sheds at Porthmellon Beach where you will find some of the racing gigs as well as story boards that tell of their fascinating history? You can also watch the local gig races every week from mid-April to the end of September. Ladies race on Wednesday evenings; men on Friday evenings.


1666 Royal Oak is wrecked in a storm. St. Mary’s gigs rescue the survivors over 52 hours later – the first account of a gig assisting a shipwreck.


1829 Eight and ten oared gigs are banned by HM Customs and Excise for being too fast for the excise cutters to catch smugglers. 1848 Around 200 men are working as pilots on the Isles of Scilly. 1880s Due to the industrial revolution, there is a decline in the use of sail and oar. Motorised lifeboats replace rowing lifeboats over the coming years. 1938 The last paid pilot in history to be delivered under oar, Jack Hicks from St. Agnes, is put aboard the SS Foremost by the gig Gypsy. 1950s The start of the pilot gig revival, as unused Scilly gigs are bought and restored by Newquay Rowing Club.





1952 The Cornish Rowing Association is formed. 1955 Gigs are used as lifeboats for the last time according to modern records. Gig Sussex comes to the rescue of SS Mando, aground on Golden Ball Bar in thick seaweed – oars succeed where propellors fail. 1960 Shah, Bonnet and Golden Eagle return to the Isles from Newquay and regular rowing starts to take place.


1967-1971 Three new gigs are built for the islands – Serica, Dolphin and Nornour. 1986-1987 The Cornish Pilot Gigs Association is formed and a standard design for all new gigs is agreed - based on the gig Treffry (1838). 1990 The first official World Pilot Gig Championships takes place on St. Mary’s, with only 19 boats and a few clubs taking part. 2014 The 25th Anniversary World Pilot Gig Championship attracts a record number of crews – more than 140 gigs line up on the start lines. 2016 Annual World Pilot Gig Championship to take place 29th April – 2nd May 2016.



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ALMANAC The Isles of Scilly is every inch an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a treasure trove of unusual plants, flowers and fauna. The islands draw wildlife professionals and enthusiasts year round.

HISTORY, CLIMATE, TIDES & DESIGNATIONS 6000BC-2000BC: The Isles of Scilly are first inhabited in the form of one large island, Ennor. 400-500AD: Rising sea levels flood the central plain, causing Ennor to split into the islands known today. CIRCA 939: Scilly is ruled by the English Crown under Athelstan, then further centralised after the Norman Conquest in 1066. CIRCA 1120: King Henry I gives the Isles of Scilly to the abbey of Tavistock, who establishes a priory on Tresco. Circa 1150: Vikings attack the Isles of Scilly, notably St. Mary’s. 1337: The Duchy of Cornwall takes ownership of the Isles of Scilly. 1548: Work commences on Tresco Castle (now King Charles’ Castle) under Edward VI. 1570: Elizabeth I leases the Isles of Scilly to Sir Francis Godolphin, who builds Star Castle, expecting attack by Spain. 1642-1650: During the Commonwealth the Parliamentarians capture the Isles, but their garrison mutiny and return it to the Royalists. Governor Sir John Grenville uses the islands as a base for privateering raids, leading to Holland declaring war on England. 1849: Scilly’s first hotel, Tregarthen’s, is founded by Captain Frank Tregarthen. 1859: The Cornwall Railway Link between Penzance and London is completed, and tourism starts to thrive.

1917: The Isles of Scilly are threatened by U-boats and a sea plane base is built at Porthmellon, which was later moved to New Grimsby on Tresco. 1920: The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company is founded, the first services provided by the ship, Peninnis. 1925: The Scillonian is launched. 1937: A de Havilland Dragon aircraft makes the first commercial flight between the mainland and Scilly, using the golf club as a runway. 1941: Six Hawker Hurricanes are transferred to the aerodrome to defend Scilly from the raids. 1975: Isles of Scilly is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 1977: The Scillonian III is purposebuilt for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company and enters into service. 1984: The 335 Year War with The Netherlands officially ends. 1984: Skybus buys its first Islander aircraft – a service for freight and charter passengers only. 1987: Skybus commences scheduled operations between Land's End and Scilly using an eight-seater Islander. 2009: Skybus celebrates 25 years of service. 2014: Two British rowers make history by becoming the first people to cross the Atlantic in an open class pairs boat, arriving on Scilly in August.


DEC—FEB Avalanche

NOV—JAN Island Pride

DEC—MAY Erlicheer

NOV— FEB Soleil d’Or, Hugh Town

FEB Scilly Valentine Daymark

JAN—FEB Grand Primo

FEB—MAR Royal Connection

MAR Geranium, Yellow Cheer, Silver Chimes MAR—APR Golden Dawn, Winston Churchill

OUR OCEAN CLIMATE The Isles of Scilly’s climate is best described as oceanic, and one of the mildest in the British Isles due to the Gulf Stream. Average temperatures throughout the year remain higher than mainland UK, ranging between 7 degrees and 19 degrees Celsius. May is the sunniest month and has about 7 hours of sunshine per day. TIDES & WATERS For an open sea location, the tidal range is high. The inter-island waters are also shallow, making it possible to walk between Bryher and Tresco at very low spring tides, although the sand is not totally dry. DESIGNATIONS • Conservation Area • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) • Marine Protected Area as an SAC (Special Area of Conservation) • Heritage Coast • Ramsar site (wetlands protection) • SPA (Special Protection Area under the EU Birds Directive) Scilly contains 239 Scheduled Ancient Monuments and 130 listed buildings. THE ISLES OF SCILLY WILDLIFE TRUST The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust is a local independent charity which looks after more than 60% of the islands. With the help of volunteers, grants, donations and legacies the small, professional staff team restores and maintains habitats for the benefit of people and wildlife on Scilly.

BIRDS & MAMMALS, YEAR ROUND BIRDS Blackbird (Inland) Blue tit (Inland) Cormorant (Coastal) Gannet (Coastal) Great tit (Inland) Grey heron (Wetland, shore) Guillemot (Coastal) Hedge sparrow (Inland) Herring gull (Everywhere) House sparrow (Inland) Kestrel (Everywhere)

Little egret (Wetland, shore) Oystercatchers (Shore) Peregrine falcon (Coastal) Razorbill (Coastal) Robin (Inland) Shag (Coastal) Song thrush (Inland) Starling (Inland) Water rail (Wetland) Wren (Inland)

MAMMALS Hedgehogs (due to climate tend not to hibernate – introduced in the 1980s) Common dolphin Harbour porpoise Scilly shrew Rabbits Seals Bats




Violets Wintering waders Bumblebee queens Navalwort Pennywort

Storm petrel Stick insects (until October) “Wild” nasturtium Hawthorn Bird’s foot trefoil Apple blossom Flag iris Ferns: royal fern Sea pinks (Thrift) Bush echium Blue bells Bracken Hemlock Common sorrel Coprosma Red campion Water cress

Turnstones and sanderlings arrive late August and stay until May the following year Blackberries Camomile Heather Gorse

FEBRUARY: Winter heliotrope Three-cornered leek (Allium) MARCH: Meadow pipit, white wagtail Ladybirds Willow catkins Alexanders Bermuda buttercups Daffodils Three cornered leek (Allium) APRIL: Golden oriole Cuckoo, from mid April Swallows, from late April Speckled wood butterfly Manx shearwaters Holly blue butterfly Spanish bluebell Wild primrose Flag iris Sea thrift Sea campion Lesser celandine Three cornered leek Red campion, from late April Elm leaves Cherry blossom (Carreg Dhu) Puffins return

JUNE: Rose chafer beetle Cockchafer beetle (maybug) Oil beetle Bramble flower Hottentot fig Sea pinks (Thrift) Gorse Foxgloves Honeysuckle JULY: Dragonflies/damselflies possibly Greenshank and redshank, return late July Heather and bell heath in bloom, late July Fox gloves Honeysuckle Merlins and hobbies on Gugh Puffins, Manx shearwater, lesser black backed gull and kittiwakes leave Agapanthus


SEPTEMBER: Heather Blackberries Hawthorn berries Rosehips Apples Pears Curlew Camomile Swallows & martins gathering on wires for migration Sunfish Red hot poker Kingfisher OCTOBER: Fungi Hawthorn berries Start of the peak bird watching season: firecrest, yellow-browed warbler, red-breasted flycatcher Merlins in the fields hunting increased numbers of thrushes and pipits Curlew NOVEMBER: Fungi Lichen Frogs DECEMBER: Daffodils Gorse


ROMANTIC SCILLY It’s hard not to fall in love with the Isles of Scilly, or indeed on the Isles of Scilly! And planning a wedding, considering a civil ceremony or seeking to renew your vows is very easy on the islands. There are six Anglican churches across Scilly, including one on each off-island. You can contact the Scilly Chaplain, Perran Gay, on 01720 423911 or email There is also a Methodist Church and Catholic Church on St. Mary’s. Additionally, there are a host of licensed venues across the islands including hotels and garden restaurants, as well as the Register Office right on Porthcressa Beach. Planning the rest of your special day couldn’t be easier either. Catering arrangements can be made through all the hotels and many of the restaurants, talented photographers abound and there is no shortage of florists (or indeed flowers) on the islands. There’s even a specialist wedding cake baker.

CELEBRATION ESSENTIALS Celebrate on Scilly – St Mary’s Your first port of call for weddings, civil partnerships or renewal of vows is the Registration Service. Contact us for information about the legal preliminaries to civil ceremonies, what venues are available, flowers and much more.

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HAND LUGGAGE ONLY When the blogging duo and Cambridge University graduates Lloyd and Yaya descended on Scilly last summer, it is safe to say that they had a ball. The young adventurers explored the length and breadth of Scilly at break-neck speed, eating their way around the islands! What follows are entertaining extracts from their Scilly blog which can be read in full at TRAVEL / PHOTOGRAPHY / DESTINATION / FOOD / BLOGGING Search...

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First impressions of Scilly The islands are absolutely beautiful and look like they’ve just been plucked right out of the Caribbean and popped next to the UK mainland. The water is as clear as you hear and read about, the beaches as sandy and the food impeccable! There are times when you have to pinch yourself to remind you that you're not on some tropical island far away from the UK – even the plants here are unlike any you’d find on the UK mainland!

Everything is so picturesque There’s definitely something about the air when you’re by the seaside that leaves you absolutely knackered by the end of the day. It may also be in part due to the fact that everything is so picturesque (and the weather is so amazing) that you end up spending every minute exploring the islands.

The birds are so tame! The wildlife on Scilly is truly exquisite, especially the birds. The sparrows hop around persistently trying to nick your lunch, but they’re so adorable that you can’t help but feed them and at the same time feel guilty for feeding them fish and chips (which were delicious by the way). The song thrushes are bigger and are the ones to look out for… they make the best photographic subjects because they stick around just that extra fraction of a second longer!



Don't miss out on Tresco Tresco is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited in Europe and definitely in the UK! The Tresco Abbey Garden is a labyrinth of colours and the most tropical and colourful plants imaginable. These gardens are definitely the perfect place to get lost in. There are so many secret paths and hidden walkways that will totally leave you wandering around almost entranced for hours. There’s also a place within the Abbey Garden called Valhalla where you can see the figureheads of some of the shipwrecks with most of them dating back centuries. If you haven’t spent the whole day in the garden, don’t forget to pop by the medieval monastery ruin which is pretty much taken over by plants and is very pretty in its own unique way…



Prepare to eat, eat, eat! We had some pretty fantastic food on the Isles of Scilly, but we soon established that The New Inn was hands-down the best place to eat on Tresco – we returned there far too many times than we should admit to, but it goes without saying that you really have to try the scotch egg, waffles, and Venetian-tasting ice cream! It also serves the most gigantic pieces of sticky toffee pudding ever… After making the potentially fatal mistake of skipping breakfast before heading off to Bryher, we were saved by the Fraggle Rock Bar – which happily greeted us with Pimms and tasty fish and chips. But after learning our lesson on Bryher, we didn’t make the same mistake in St. Agnes, so we popped into the pub to order a breakfast / lunch / brunch of fish and chips before carrying on! Another little gem on St. Agnes was Covean Cottage Café, where we had the most amazing homemade scones, jam and clotted cream, served with locally produced lemonade and apple juice… it’s safe to say that we didn’t choose the tea and scones life… the tea and scones life chose us! Continue reading...

Other great spots to eat include the Ruin Beach Café (the clue is in the name – the restaurant is set amidst the ruins on the beach). It has one of the nicest views on Tresco and does one hell of a crab pasta. Juliet’s Garden is essential when you’re on St. Mary’s – the staff here are very friendly and even let us in before opening-time because our tummies were rumbling that badly! Naturally with the sun shining as nicely as it did we had to oblige by having some strawberry Pimms, complemented by fragrant soup, scallops with parmesan cheese biscuits, pie, lamb, marmalade Bakewell tart and posset (but we won’t try to tempt you any more…)

Hankering to return very soon It’s always great to be back home, don’t get me wrong but I most certainly left the Isles of Scilly with a new found favourite holiday destination in the UK and a hankering to return to the islands as soon as possible! I genuinely, truly, really cannot recommend the Isles of Scilly enough – you definitely have to visit whenever you’re in the UK! < PREV


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RUSHY BAY AND BEYOND, TO THE NORRAD ROCKS Rock formations viewed from the brow of Samson Hill on Bryher.

FIVE INHABITED ISLANDS; FIVE EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES The Isles of Scilly are a compact cluster of seals, puffins, dolphins, cormorants, shags and 140 or so islands just 28 miles off Land's End the rarer Manx shearwaters and Storm petrels. in Cornwall. Some are no bigger than a rock The islands, warmed by the Gulf Stream, are only visible at low tide, and only five are a haven for unusual flowers and plants. It’s rarely inhabited. The largest, St. Mary’s, is itself no frosty, so gardeners can grow exotic species from more than 2.5 square miles in size and home all over the world. As you walk across the islands, to only 1,800 residents. and particularly if you visit the world famous Alongside St. Mary’s are Tresco, St. Martin’s, Tresco Abbey Garden, you’ll spot vibrant, sunSt. Agnes and Bryher; the four have a combined loving plants from the Canaries, South Africa, population of 400 and are collectively known South America, Australia and New Zealand – as the “off-islands”. all looking wonderfully at Because the islands are all home here in Scilly. small and close to each other, Flower farming also thrives. It’s a tranquil it’s really easy to be based on Fields of scented narcissi place with few cars and daffodils, grown for the one, and island hop to the others. Every day, tripper boats market, stir into life from and empty beaches, UK and water taxis criss-cross October through to early where you can fritter spring whilst scented pinks are between the islands – they take just 15 or 20 minutes, through the summer. away time without produced making it very possible to Some farmers have diversified fear of wasting it. experience an island (or more) into harvesting herbs for a day and to enjoy the distinct essential oils; others keep pigs, FERGUS COLLINS characteristics of each. ducks, beef and dairy cows. BBC COUNTRYFILE MAGAZINE Some visitors crave the The sea air, clear waters deep sense of tradition here, and mild weather also provide immersing themselves in the islands’ history and the additional secret ingredients to a wonderful myths. Others come to walk, cycle, sail or paint. array of locally produced food: lobster, crab, Many become captivated by the sub-tropical tender island-reared beef, Scilly duck, plants and flowers, and everyone savours the vegetables, fudge, ice-creams, and locally fresh seafood in beachside cafés and local ales made wines and beers. at traditional pubs. All this, plus life’s simplest pleasures: from Scilly boasts a remarkable ancient history beachcombing on deserted beaches and and archaeology, alongside sweeping sea views collecting shells, to watching the sun go down and rugged undeveloped coasts, all of which and gazing at the sparkling stars. Scilly is stylish can be discovered and explored by foot. Our enough to be special; chilled enough to go heritage revolves around the sea – fishing barefoot. Above all, Scilly gives you the space for lobsters, crabs and crawfish; and racing and freedom to do as much or as little as you traditional pilot gigs. Out at sea, there are like – in a breathtaking location that basks in the incredible shipwrecks and amazing wildlife – mildest climate in the UK. WWW.VISITISLESOFSCILLY.COM



An island of surprises St. Mary’s is the Isles of Scilly’s largest island, but still less than 2.5 square miles in size. It is an island of colour and contrast that also acts as the gateway to and from the mainland and to the off-islands (Tresco, St. Martin’s, Bryher and St. Agnes). It’s also home to 1,800 of Scilly’s 2,200 or so residents. Hugh Town, a small village by mainland standards, serves as the central hub, nestling on a sandy isthmus between two beaches with its cluster of shops, banks, churches, post office, cafés, galleries, restaurants and pubs. Here you will also find the fascinating Isles of Scilly Museum – a real gem and a fantastic introduction to the story of the islands’ past. St. Mary’s community tends to converge on Hugh Town for family events, fundraisers and a good night out! Town Beach is a great vantage point for looking across the harbour to the Quay. Porthcressa Beach, on the other side, boasts a lovely promenade with sheltered seating, gardens, a children’s play park and the Schiller Shelter, which has its own story to tell dating back to when SS Schiller was wrecked off Scilly in 1875, and which now hosts the Tourist Information Centre. Around the corner from Hugh Town, St. Mary’s Quay buzzes with daily activity. Colourful tripper boats to and fro across the water to the other islands, sailors and fishermen come and go, and islanders set their watches to the daily arrival and departure of the Scillonian III. With only nine miles of road and more than 30 miles of paths and nature trails (ten of them coastal), away from the gentle hubbub of Hugh Street and the Quay, St. Mary’s is an easy-going safe haven of hidden treasures… The Garrison is the heavily fortified headland beyond Star Castle, now one of Scilly’s most iconic hotels. The Garrison was the frontline of England’s defences from the 16th Century. It is accessed via the Garrison Gate, an original arched

PORTHCRESSA BEACH Just one of the beautiful beaches cradling Hugh Town.


Kaffeehaus Salbei

The Mermaid Inn

A unique Bavarian café on Scilly. It specialises in delicacies such as Apfelstrudel, fresh German Bread, German beer and smoked sausages. Open daily from 11am-5pm. We are in the Scilly Food Guide for both our food and our relaxed ambience.

Your first port of call on St. Mary’s. You will always find real ales flowing in our traditional bar and quality cuisine in our contemporary restaurant and bistro. Open every day for food and drink.

01720 422440 Sage House, High Lanes

Holy Vale Vineyard & Winery

Juliet’s Garden Restaurant & Bar Perfect seaside eating – homemade and imaginative dishes served inside or out on our terraces, enjoying unrivalled views of the sea, boats and harbour. Open daily and most evenings. Fabulous food. Fabulous view. Winner of the 2015 Café of the Year, Great Cornish Food Awards. 01720 422228 The Isles of Scilly Golf Club, The Clubhouse & Bowling Green Relaxed and informal and open to everyone. We have a 9 hole, 18 tee course and provide everything you need to play. The Clubhouse serves delicious lunches and dinner with superb views from the restaurant and balcony. Bowling green – £3.50 PPPH a great family activity. ‘2 for 1’ on Green Fees on Tuesdays. 01720 422692 Isles of Scilly Flowers We grow scented narcissi and show pinks all year round. Handpicked by us on The Flower Farm at Trenoweth, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, and delivered to your home by first class post. 01720 422666


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Situated in the tranquil Holy Vale on St. Mary’s. Holy Vale vineyard is open daily 12:30 – 16:30 for tours, tastings, “The Story of Wine Exhibition”, Cellar Door shop, and Robert’s wine and lobster lunch. To arrange tastings and/or lobster lunches please call for more details. 01720 422317 Star Castle Hotel The castle boasts two award-winning restaurants: The Dining Room and The Conservatory. Menus feature locally caught seafood, offer up to five courses and change daily. Wines are selected from around the world for their excellence and value for money. Locally produced Holy Vale Wines are also available to enjoy. 01720 422317 / 423342 Scented Narcissi Visit our exhibition detailing the development of this important industry over the decades in Scilly. Local gifts and bulbs available to purchase. Open Apr-Oct. Locally grown, beautifully presented narcissi, courier delivered from Oct-Apr. Order online or by phone. 01720 423767


PORTHMELLON BEACH Learn to windsurf and sail, or sit and watch from the sundeck at Spero’s.

gateway that dates back to 1742 – or, if you can find it, Sally Port, a low passageway squirrelled within the thick defensive walls designed to defend against surprise attacks. A popular walk around the defences yields panoramic views of all the islands – a great starting point from which to get your bearings. Young children will also love the Pirate Ship play park and the freedom to run on the Garrison field – host to the world’s smallest football league!

You are rarely more than 10 minutes’ walk from one of the finest beaches in the UK – and there’s a good chance you’ll have it all to yourself. GAVIN McOWAN THE GUARDIAN

St. Mary’s offers the most in terms of island adventure. A great way to explore the wilder landscapes and escape “up country’ is on foot. If you don’t fancy the walk, you can hire a bike in town or a golf buggy, or enjoy your very own taxi tour. You can also horse-ride around much of St. Mary’s or set off on the water in a kayak! First stop might be the Lifeboat Station at the far end of Town Beach, which displays paintings, models and many accounts of past rescues. Next door, Porthmellon Beach is popular with families with the beach front restaurant, Spero's, and the Isles of Scilly Sailing Centre providing all the kit and caboodle for windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Alongside are the gig sheds – worth a peek to check out the traditional six-oar pilot gig boats, one or two of which date back to 1830. Opposite the beach, behind Radio Scilly, you’ll find Phoenix Craft Studios at Porthmellon Business Park, a hive of talented artistic activity, St. Mary’s Bike Hire and Ales of Scilly, home of the micro-brewery. Further along the beach, you'll reach Porthloo Studios, just off the coastal path - a hub of activity for Scilly Gems, Scilly Socks and the artist Peter MacDonald Smith. The whole area is protected by Harry’s Walls the remains of uncompleted fortifications from 1551.

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Kings of the Castle

Island Sea Safaris

Bryony and Nick Lishman offer yoga, open water swimming and trail running across the islands. Regular yoga classes include headland/wild yoga. Retreats on Scilly early and late season. Organisers of the Scilly Swim Challenge.

Kings of the Castle is a 0 to 8 yr old soft play facility. Serving hot and cold drinks, a variety of milkshakes and snacks in a relaxing atmosphere.

Island Sea Safaris operates a morning or afternoon RIB wildlife sea safari, taking you around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly, to look at seal colonies, sea birds, wreck sites and many areas of historical interest.

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The Sailing Centre

St. Mary’s Bike Hire

Kernow Coasteering

Sheltered, un-crowded clear waters makes Scilly a water sports paradise. Sail, windsurf, kayak, stand up paddle boarding, fast RIB trips, kayak tours, hires & lessons. Taster sessions to full RYA courses with experienced qualified instructors. Based on St. Mary’s & Tresco, we can offer activities and equipment throughout the islands.

Simply the best way to explore St. Mary’s. Cheap and easy bike hire giving you the freedom to travel around at your leisure. Fun and easy for the whole family. Special offers available online.

Try coasteering along the remarkable stretch of coastline at Peninnis Head. Jump, swim and scramble your way along the craggy coastline for an incredible adventure that will be the highlight of your trip to Scilly.

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COME ON INN A warm welcome awaits in all of St. Mary's pubs.



TIME FOR FAMILY On easygoing St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life slows down. Old Town Bay, seen here, is a 15-minute stroll from Hugh Town.

Then head up the gentle hill – via the secluded Carreg Dhu Garden, a wonderful spot to seek solitude amongst beautiful exotic plants – to McFarland’s Down, perhaps via Juliet’s Garden Restaurant & Bar or the Kaffehaus, to view the ancient Iron Age and Romano-British settlements at Bant’s Carn and Halangy Down. Further along the coast path you’ll reach the amazing Bronze Age tombs at Innisdgen just above the breathtaking Bar Point, which stretches toward St. Martin’s and Tresco and the site of a former causeway between the islands. Then meander, via the flower farms at Trenoweth, on to Watermill Cove and Pelistry Bay, where you can wander across to Toll’s Island at low tide. Porth Hellick Bay typifies much of Scilly with its nature trail that stretches back to the tiny hamlet of Holy Vale, its amazing rock formations, and its sheltered beach. It lays claim to the aptly named “loaded camel” rock and the memorial to Sir Cloudesley Shovell, the Admiral of the Fleet whose body was washed ashore here in 1707. As you head back on the circular tour, you’ll reach Old Town, a beautifully-enclosed sandy bay flanked on one side by Old Town Church. It still holds Evensong services by candlelight, whilst the graveyard is dominated by a memorial to Augustus Smith, founder of Tresco Abbey Garden, and the final resting place of former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. Old Town, with its shop, artist studios and lovely Old Town Café also make this little haven an ideal base for a holiday. A short coastal walk around the headland from here brings you back into Hugh Town via Peninnis Lighthouse, the austere rock formations such as Pulpit Rock, Tooth Rock and Sleeping Giant, and Porthcressa Beach. Phoenix Craft Workshops, Porthmellon Business Park Take a 10 minute stroll to Porthmellon and visit this thriving cooperative of artists and craftspeople. Locally produced gifts and souvenirs. Tuition and workshops available for all ages and abilities – call for details and bookings.

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“The Paper Shop” (CJ Mumford)

With our design studios overlooking Falmouth Bay in Cornwall, every day we’re inspired to design clothing, accessories and homeware that speak about the place in which we live, designed by the sea for people everywhere.

Serving the islands’ newspaper, magazine and periodical requirements since 1904. Confectioner, stationer, tobacconist and bookseller – including Scilly’s longest running publication “The Scillonian”. Scilly’s only National Lottery outlet.

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CROMWELL’S CASTLE Guarding the channel between Tresco and Bryher since 1651.


Relaxed and sophisticated The island of Tresco oozes class and sophistication. With its top-notch accommodation, fabulous deli, amazing eateries and award-winning spa, not to mention the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden, it has a special allure of its very own. But these attributes take nothing away from the magnificent heathland and rocky landscapes, unspoilt beaches and rich heritage. One of the islands’ biggest attractions and a must-see for all visitors to Scilly is the subtropical Tresco Abbey Garden. Established by Augustus Smith in the 19th Century, it houses a spectacular collection of 20,000 plants from 80 countries, from Brazil to Burma and New Zealand to South Africa. The Valhalla collection within the Garden is equally impressive with its colourful figureheads salvaged from islands’ shipwrecks, and be sure to look out for the friendly red squirrels, introduced to the Garden in 2013. Elsewhere, you’ll find an island packed with variety and interest. On the rugged coastline to FOOD WITH A VIEW The Ruin Beach Café offers a great menu and a beach view to die for.

For barefoot simplicity, incredible wildlife and stylish island life, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nowhere in the world like the Isles of Scilly. HAYLEY SPURWAY BBC COUNTRYFILE MAGAZINE



VALHALLA Tresco's unique collection of figureheads from the days of sail.

the north, you’ll be able to listen to the ocean bellowing into Piper’s Hole, discover Bronze Age burial sites, and tread in the footsteps of the English Civil War at Cromwell’s Castle. Two fortifications, King Charles’ Castle and the Old Blockhouse, were erected a hundred years earlier in the 16th Century to bolster the defences of New Grimsby and Old Grimsby harbours. The core of the island gives way to gentle well tended fields stocking the island’s beef cattle, shady woodland, and Tresco’s freshwater pools and three bird hides. There are many vantage points on Tresco offering some of the best views across to the other islands whilst the beaches, in particular the glorious curve of Pentle Bay, will definitely impress! Tresco is a place for beachcombers and walkers to do as they please. For the more active, there’s bike hire and a sailing school in the summer. Eating out, you can enjoy the fabulous Ruin Beach Café and excellent New Inn, scene of the island’s Ale and Cider Festivals and many a local band. Retail therapy can be found at Tresco Stores & Deli (often referred to as Fortnum’s-onSea) and Gallery Tresco at New Grimsby hosts regular exhibitions.


Bike Hire With miles of quiet tracks, cycling around Tresco couldn’t be easier. The Bike Hire shed (next to Tresco Stores) has adult’s, children’s and tag-along bikes available to hire on a daily basis or for the whole length of your stay. Be sure to call the Island Office to book in advance. 01720 422849 Ruin Beach Café With its stunning terrace overlooking Old Grimsby beach, the Ruin Beach Café offers relaxed yet sophisticated dining. At the heart of the restaurant – and menu – is the woodfired oven producing delicious pizzas and roasting succulent Tresco beef and Scillonian fish, bringing a real flavour of the Mediterranean to the cooking. Booking essential for evenings. 01720 422849


Breathtaking natural beauty St. Martin’s is arguably Scilly’s most stunning island and considered by many as the most remote. Its most prominent feature is the striking red and white Daymark erected to the north east of the island in 1683 by Thomas Ekins, first steward of the Godolphin Family to live on the islands. It is reached by an exhilarating walk across Chapel Down. The Daymark aside, the island’s most captivating assets are the swathes of dazzling, sweeping beaches of powdery white sand, all lapped by translucent turquoise seas. From Bread and Cheese Cove and Lawrence’s Bay to Great Bay, Little Bay and Par Beach. All of them jostle for the honour of best beach in the UK. LOWER TOWN BEACH Crystal clear waters and white sands are hallmarks of St. Martin’s.



The spectacular flowers, plant life, rare birds and breathtaking views along the cliff path walks all add to the thrill of St. Martin’s unmistakable beauty. Exploring the islets of Nornour, Ganilly and Menawethan will also allow you to spot the colonies of seals not so far off shore. Behind these truly beautiful scenes, there lies an enterprising and diverse community. The 120 or so inhabitants are industrious folk. The award-winning St. Martin’s Seal Snorkelling and Dive School, St. Martin’s Vineyard, the locallyinspired Fay Page jewellery, North Farm Gallery, Churchtown Farm (Scilly Flowers) and the Island Bakery are all based here. There’s also a wide range of visitor accommodation including the beautifully located St. Martin’s Campsite, the sumptuous Karma St. Martin’s Hotel and a wealth of self catering cottages, B&Bs and chalets. The Sevenstones Inn grows from strength to strength with its splendid food, views and growing programme of live events and festivals, whilst Polreath Café, the Island Bakery, and Karma St. Martin’s all offer great options for eating out or on the go. Be sure to visit St. Martin’s when you come to Scilly. Your adventure to our most northern of Scilly’s populated isles will not disappoint. BLAST OFF! The Daymark, reminiscent of a rocket, has stood its ground on St. Martin’s since 1683.

FREEDOM OF THE SEA Sail across to St. Martin’s. There are many moorings around the island.

GET BLOWN AWAY Scilly enjoys amazing geology and ever changing meteorology.


St. Martin’s Vineyard, Winery and Visitor Centre Enjoy an informative tour and sample a selection of our own Island made wines – or simply browse in the visitor centre/ shop. Open Tues, Wed, Thurs (11.00am 4.00pm) or on other days by appointment. See a working vineyard in action. 01720 423418 Fay Page – Open Studio This beautiful studio, made from reclaimed materials and ship’s timbers, displays lovely jewellery that is made in this workshop by the sea. This popular brand, inspired by the sea and island life, is worn across Scilly, the UK and beyond. 01720 423017 The Island Bakery

Spend a few days on the Isles of Scilly and you realise that its magic is not overstated – there are few other places that offer so much space to walk, breathe and think. CLARE GOGERTY JOURNEYS

Artisan breads, traditional Cornish pasties, filled rolls, hot savouries, pies, tarts, a selection of cakes, fair-trade coffee and homemade lemonade all freshly prepared and handmade on our premises using the finest Cornish ingredients. 01720 422111 The Seven Stones Inn Recently refurbished, family run free house, taking pride in serving a good pint with arguably the best pub view in the world. Home to live music, comedy, theatre & film screenings. Lunch & supper served daily. 01720 423777 The Seven Stones Inn, Lower Town, St. Martin’s Scilly Flowers Scilly’s postal flower service – pop into Churchtown Farm to order gift boxes of island grown, scented flowers and find out how this innovative flower farm works. 01720 422169



WRECKING ROCKS In past times the Norrad Rocks, west of Bryher, were perilous to shipping.


Truly inspiring Pounded by Atlantic waves on one side and blessed with calm sandy beaches on the other, Bryher is as diverse as it is beautiful. It is a perfect place to enjoy a taste of untamed Scilly. The sheer rugged beauty of Bryher’s northern coastline by Shipman Head gives way to the wilder west side where the Atlantic rollers thunder into Hell Bay. In the south, you can enjoy Rushy Bay – a stunning, secluded, white sandy beach that looks out across to Samson. On the Eastern beaches, you’ll find Green Bay, a gentle spot for watching the world go by, and dipping into the glassy blue waters as they lap the gentle shore line. At especially low tides (around the Equinoxes) it is even possible to walk out from Bryher’s Green Bay all the way to Tresco. Just one and a half miles long by half a mile wide, the dramatic contrast and unique charm of the island never fails to impress. It’s no wonder that Michael Morpurgo finds so much inspiration here!


Bryher Boatyard Bryher Boatyard offers catamaran motorboat and sailing boat hire throughout the islands. Visit our Chandlers shop which stocks fishing supplies and gifts, and our free shipwreck aquarium stocked with local fish and lobsters. 01720 422702 Veronica Farm Fudge A family run business, producing a quality fudge with all natural ingredients sourced locally and ethically where possible. We use milk, butter and cream from Troytown Farm on St. Agnes. Contact Kris Taylor

COTTAGES CLUSTER Between Bryher's rugged west and sheltered east, an island community thrives.

I have been seduced by Scilly’s geography, history and wildlife, its pace of life and simplicity. DAVID BRAMWELL ERNEST JOURNAL




HEATHY HILL, BRYHER Follow in the footsteps of Michael Morpurgo.

If you walk the coastal path, you can climb the seven hills of Bryher in just over five miles. Although the total climb is nearly 1,000 feet in total, none of the “hills” rises more than 150 feet above sea level, and each of them yields stunning sea views in all directions. The minute you step onto Bryher, you sense the strong community connection. Children run free and local produce stalls abound. You can, for example sample “lobster dogs” and freshly prepared crab at Pender’s Island Fish. Or why

not stop for a leisurely lunch at Fraggle Rock, buy some delicious goodies at Bryher Shop or head out for dinner at the fabulous, multi-awardwinning Hell Bay Hotel? You can hire kayaks and sailing dinghies, equip yourself with fishing gear, or simply wander the island and admire the natural environment and local artists at work. From the campsite to the Hell Bay Hotel, and the B&Bs and myriad self-catering options in between, there’s somewhere to stay for every taste and budget.


Wild and wonderful St. Agnes is home to just 80 people. Small working farms and an abundance of creative talent ensure that this wonderful island on the edge of Scilly not only survives, but thrives! Together with neighbouring Gugh, which is separated by a sandbar only at high tide, St. Agnes is Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most south-westerly community. It is also the only inhabited island in the archipelago to be separated by a deep-water channel. (The other islands were, long ago, a single land mass.) This independent character remains even today. Its remoteness is also the perfect location for Scillyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hugely successful and globally significant Seabird Recovery Project. Just last September, the island witnessed the first Storm petrel chick to be bred on Scilly in living memory, a year after the first Manx shearwater chick hatched in 2014. A MOMENT OF BLISS Crescent of sand at Cove Vean.



Every time you turn a corner there is another amazing view to enjoy, from rugged, gorsecovered cliff-tops and hidden coves to white sandy beaches with impossibly blue waters. VICTORIA GRAY S MAGAZINE, SUNDAY EXPRESS

St. Agnes’ natural beauty is undisputed. The wilderness of Santa Warna Cove, the sculpted rocks that dot Wingletang Down, Beady Pool, and Castella Down, home to the circular maze of rounded beach stones, all have stories of old to be told. The fabulously undulating cricket field also speaks of past legend, with shipwreck victims thought to be buried under the chamomile lawns. Periglis is a shell collector’s paradise with views across to Annet, the Western Rocks and Bishop Rock Lighthouse, whilst if you head across to Gugh, go seek the Old Man – a standing stone 9ft tall, believed to be associated with Bronze Age rituals.

Perhaps St. Agnes’ most prominent landmark is the lighthouse, which was built in 1680 by Trinity House with copper lamps and 21 revolving reflectors. Today it is a private house and simply serves as a daymark for shipping. The church is also worth visiting particularly to admire the stunning stained glass windows depicting the island’s brave seamen. They were designed and created by Oriel Hicks, a celebrated fused and stained glass artist based on St. Mary’s. So walk, seek and enjoy. Visit Troytown Farm & Dairy for a delicious ice cream (you can stay on the farm too!). Tuck in to lunch at the Turks Head, enjoy a cream tea at the Covean or Coastguards Cafés and treat yourself to an evening meal at eateries across the island.

THE NAG'S HEAD Not a pub this time, but a rock formation.


Coastguards Café Situated above Santa Warna Cove behind Coastguard Cottages with one of the wildest views in the UK. Family owned serving great coffee and delicious homemade lunches using local produce. Wifi access and lots of seating inside and out. 01720 423747 Troytown Farm & Dairy Troytown’s tiny dairy herd provides creamy milk for delicious ice cream and dairy produce. Farm reared pork & beef also available - visit our farm shop to try some, or we can deliver anywhere in Scilly. 01720 422360

HARBOUR VIEWS The stunning harbour between St. Agnes and Gugh is shielded from the ocean by a sandbar.



A SENSE OF OCCASION We’re delighted to announce a new events programme for Scilly in 2016 – festivals and fun occasions to celebrate the islands at their very best. Come and join us as we eat, drink, walk and marvel at our heritage, our culture, our island lives, and our striking surroundings.

Walk Scilly

9th – 15th April Grab your gaiters; tighten your bootlaces: It’s time for Walk Scilly 2016. Now in its 11th year, this very friendly and compact walking festival returns with new walks, new guides and an extended evening programme alongside the popular signature strolls that have helped to make Walk Scilly a firm favourite.

World Pilot Gig Championships

29th April – 2nd May The 27th World Pilot Gig Championships is set to be even bigger and better than ever. Crews attend from as far afield as Holland, Ireland, the USA and, for the first time this year, Bermuda. The majority of participants, however, come from the South West where the wooden pilot gigs are still built locally and race regularly. The carnival atmosphere on this bank holiday weekend is buzzing and unlike any other on Scilly!

Isles of Scilly Arts & Literature Festival

1st – 31st May In May, the Isles of Scilly will play host to a month-long celebration of local arts and culture spanning all five inhabited islands. The festival, incorporating Art Scilly Week and the Scilly Folk Festival, will see the islands come alive with an eclectic mix of open studios, ale festivals, folk music, literature and a packed programme of hands-on courses and workshops with many of Scilly’s resident artists.


25th - 27th Daymark Music Festival, St. Martin’s


8th Low tide experience, Tresco 9th - 15th Walk Scilly 23rd - 30th Writing Life Retreat, St. Mary’s 29th April - 2nd May World Pilot Gig Championships


The Islands’ Regatta

26th – 29th August Join us for Scilly's inaugural Islands' Regatta on St. Mary's over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Four days of celebration of our amazing maritime heritage, with a colourful Parade of Sail, tall ships, sailing regatta of Red Wings, and more. Plus live music and entertainment, pop-up stalls and beach activities for all the family!

Taste of Scilly

Throughout September Enjoy a taste of all our islands at our first Taste of Scilly food and drink festival. You'll be able to feast your eyes and savour the flavours on a vast range of food and drink as the islands bring together bakers, growers, brewers, fishermen and chefs for foody nights, chef demos and more.

Walk Scilly Autumn Weekend

13th – 17th October Come and enjoy the splendour of Scilly during the autumn months. The nights might be drawing in, but the fields and coasts are alive with birds and wildlife and the silky sunny hues are breathtaking. October is a magical time of year to appreciate and enjoy a long weekend of themed, guided walks across the islands.

29th April – 2nd May World Pilot Gig Championships continue 1st - 31st Arts & Literature Festival 7th Low tide experience, Tresco


11th - 14th Scilly Comedy Festival 18th - 19th Ötillö Swimrun World Qualifier 26th Tresco Triathlon


Throughout: Fetes – across all the islands 26th - 29th The Islands’ Regatta, St. Mary’s


Throughout: Taste of Scilly 10th - 11th Scilly Sea Swim Challenge 18th Low tide experience, Tresco


6th–9th St. Martin’s Film Festival 13th–17th Walk Scilly Autumn Weekend


23rd Scilly Christmas Festival Local Produce Markets run regularly on St. Mary’s throughout the season. Details for these events and more can be found at Please note: the dates for the events above may be subject to change


WHY THE WHALES CAME If you ever do go to the Isles of Scilly, go over to Samson and look round for yourself. The old ruined cottages are still there, a mound of limpet shells outside each one; and you’ll find the well full of water. No one lives there, so you’ll only have the terns and the black rabbits for company. You’ll be quite alone.

Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo OBE fell in love with Scilly over 30 years ago. Morpurgo has set several titles on the islands including The Wreck of the Zanzibar, The Sleeping Sword, Arthur High King of Britain, Half a Man, Listen to the Moon, and Why The Whales Came, from which this passage is taken.



INSPIRED BY SCILLY, MADE ON SCILLY Life on Scilly inspires! Artistic and talented individuals, together with budding lifestyle entrepreneurs and old Scillonian farming families that have adapted over the years, all mingle effortlessly on the islands to ensure a year-round, thriving community. Here’s a selection of Scilly-made goodies that you can buy online and enjoy at home year-round. The scent of Scilly flowers From October to March, Scilly’s flower farms come alive. Every day, in every weather, hardgrafting farmers will be bent over in their yellows picking by hand bundles of scented narcissi, a specialty of the islands. They are then graded, tied, and lovingly packed – with every stem destined for the UK mainland. You can purchase narcissi online direct from our islands’ farms to your door. A perfect present at Christmas, for Valentine’s Day and Mothering Sunday – or a wonderful way to simply say “thanks”.

Yummy chocolates and fudges There are a number of home producers of mouth-watering chocolates and award-winning fudge across the islands using local ingredients wherever possible, and all lovingly made, often to secret recipes. These scrummy goodies are available to purchase online all year round.

To find out more about local Scilly produce and suppliers, please visit the shopping page on

A piece of art to admire Many artists work in Scilly in a number of differing media. The intensity of the light and the sheer beauty of the place draw photographers, potters and painters to Scilly. You may have visited a favourite gallery during the summer or watched an artist at work; and now you have good reason to purchase that special one which really tugged at your heartstrings!

Hardy bags and socks ‘n’ stuff Kit bags, duffle bags, bucket bags and more! These fabulously Scilly exports, as featured in Harper's Bazaar, are made from sturdy sailing fabric in a range of wonderful colours by hand in a workshop looking out across St. Mary's Harbour! There's also a range of smocks, pencil cases, tool tidies and relaxing swing chairs, all available online year round. Unique Scilly socks, hats and gorgeous Scilly-inspired silk scarves are also island specialties – lovingly crafted and hand made. WWW.VISITISLESOFSCILLY.COM


Elegant wines and real ales Scilly boasts two family-run vineyards – one on St. Martin’s and one on St. Mary’s. The harvesting of grapes begins in October, and wine making continues throughout the winter months – sorting, de-stalking, fermenting, filtering and bottling. The wines are sold at several outlets on Scilly and can also be purchased year-round direct from the vineyards themselves. You can also purchase good real ale on and from Scilly. The microbrewery on St. Mary’s produces a range of fine beers and, as you can imagine, it gets rather busy during the festival season!

Heavenly hints for the home There’s a wealth of cottage industry on Scilly – our local produce markets testify to that! Scillonians love to make beautiful treats and goodies for the home. Scented candles, lavender bags, jutes, mugs and coasters, all stunningly designed by talented artists across the islands.

Scilly Inspired jewellery and gifts If you’re looking for the ultimate memory of Scilly, then treat yourself (or your loved one!) to some exquisite silver or beaded jewellery, inspired by Scilly’s breath-taking beauty and delicately made in workshops by the sea. Driftwood and beachcombing finds are another great source of inspiration for designs – from stunning little gems to witty weather gauges.



Return of the



“Over there”, says a man with good eyesight and excellent binoculars. We turn to where he’s pointing and, as the sun begins to set across the seas around the Isles of Scilly, we see them. A flock of around 50-60 Manx shearwaters is coming in to roost. We’re on a special boat trip to see them – and a host of other wonderful bird life that lives on the islands. Whether you’re a keen birdwatcher, or like me, just an occasional viewer of Springwatch, the Isles of Scilly are a great place to see some of Britain’s most exotic and beautiful bird life. Greenshanks, wheatears, sandpipers and flycatchers all come through here. The spring and autumn are the best times to see migrating birds. More than 50 years ago, my father, Mervyn Southam, then a very keen, young birdwatcher, came to St. Agnes each year to help ring the migrating birds. This helps scientists keep track of how long the birds lived and where they travelled. So I grew up hearing tales of sun-drenched weeks spent on St. Agnes, ringing birds, chatting to other birders and drinking in the peace of the place. Now, half a century later, I’m on a pilgrimage to see what my father was talking about.

LISTEN UP! Listening for nesting birdlife in the burrows.



UNINHABITED BY HUMANS Monitoring seabird populations on the uninhabited island of Pednbrose, north of Te채n.

There are plenty of boat trips around the islands specifically aimed at bird enthusiasts and less knowledgeable people like me. As the sun sets, we see flocks of puffins bobbing about on the waters, in their smart livery, looking for all the world like very, very small avian butlers out on the town. There are shags, gannets, razorbills, even a crane that’s taken up residence on the island of Annet. The excitement and interest of an evening boat trip like this is that you don’t know what you’re going to see next, but when you do see it, someone knowledgeable will explain it to you. But the Manx shearwaters are the big draw. The reason is simple: two years ago we wouldn’t have been able to see them. They weren’t here any more. But now they are the main event. The Manx shearwaters have spent the day, or perhaps longer, out fishing at sea and are full of food for their young. If they head back to their burrows – for these are ground-nesting birds – individually, they are likely to be mobbed by gulls in a bid to get them to regurgitate their food. So, as this isn’t what any Manx shearwater wants, they foregather in a flock, known as a raft, just before dark out on sea. There is, after all, safety in numbers. That’s where the man with the binoculars spots them. Their flight is astonishing. They are the Jenson Buttons of the bird world: hugging the curves of the waves, just centimetres above the sea, following the waves, landing, resting, flying again, swooping on and on until it is time to head for home. When they judge that the gulls will have given up and gone home to roost, the raft of shearwaters rises up from the waves as one, and heads for the tussocky slopes of St. Agnes, which they call home. You’ve got to love the Manx shearwater. First, it’s got a daft name (Puffinus puffinus). Second, it does an annual 20,000-mile migration to South America, which is a long way for a small bird. And finally, it always returns to the same burrow to breed, knowing where it is by the alignment of the stars. Seriously, that’s true. The parent birds head back for the sunshine of South America in September leaving their chick alone in the burrow. It stands at the edge for about eight days, flapping its wings, building up strength and looking at the stars. This is the way it gets a fix on its location and will know its way home in the future.

HATS AHOY! Orange caps make our Seabird Project team easy to spot when out working in the field.

It’s a fantastic bird. And it has been nesting on the Isles of Scilly for at least 2,000 years. You could safely say it was a long-term resident. But one thing this amazing little bird can’t cope with is rats. And there were rats on the islands of St. Agnes and Gugh, whose ancestors probably arrived on a shipwreck. This spelt trouble for the Manx shearwater, and another ground-nesting bird, the Storm petrel, whose eggs and chicks were repeatedly munched by the rats. Numbers fell and fell. In the end it looked like the Manx shearwater was doomed. But the community spirit of the islanders was the solution. The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project was set up to save the birds. Jaclyn Pearson worked with the 84 locals on St. Agnes and Gugh, who all worked hard to make the islands less attractive for rats. Farmers cleaned out sheds and barns and made changes in how feed was stored. New, sturdy refuse bins were supplied to every household. All 11 children at the school on St. Agnes were taught about rats and Manx shearwaters. Then for three weeks in November 2013 bait boxes were put out and inspected daily. There was even a “Rat on a Rat” emergency



SKIMMING THE SURFACE Manx shearwaters out at sea as the sun begins to set.

phone hotline to call if you’d seen a rat. The plan worked. Last year in 2015, some 28 Manx shearwater chicks fledged, three times the number of the year before. And five Storm petrel chicks fledged on the islands: the first to do so in living memory. “It was so emotional last year when they had chicks,” says Peter Exley, the RSPB’s public affairs manager for the South West of England, who helped set up the project. “It was a rare moment. Conservation is a long, hard slog. But this was a peachy moment when you feel you have done something.” There’s a real sense of pride among the community about what’s been achieved. Rightly so. After all, there is archaeological evidence of Manx shearwaters on the islands dating back to 2,000 BC. By the 13th Century, they were so common that they were used as currency. So, the shearwaters are as much a part of the islands as fabulously good ice cream, or beautiful white beaches. But, without the islanders and the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project, their future was in jeopardy. Now, locals are celebrating the return of the Manx shearwaters and the tiny Storm petrel, which is the size of a sparrow and the smallest sea bird in the world. Farmer Fran Hicks has had a bird-ringing

license for many years and so has kept an eye on the numbers of migratory birds. “In the 1950s we would catch and ring hundreds of shearwaters,” he says. “Recently there have been hardly any. This project has been the salvation of the Manx shearwaters. ‘They are splendid birds, miraculous,” he enthuses. ‘They are part of our wild Britain.” John Peacock, a local boatman agrees. He sees the changing numbers and varieties of birds around the islands as he takes people from one island to another. “It’s a really, really big success story,” he says. “And other birds have benefitted too, like the razorbills and guillemots. There are big numbers of them now. It was a really big undertaking, but I feel really good about it. I’m seeing more and more birds on the boat now.” And so are we. The sun has now set beyond the horizon and the last splashes of red, gold and amber are thrown up into the sky and mirrored on the dark sea. We head home, delighted at everything we’ve seen. It’s been a beautiful evening. The sun shone. The birds all turned up and did their thing. But more than that, we can go back into the harbour knowing that the local community has secured the future of its bird life. That’s great news for the birds, the islanders and for all of us, who stand on the side of a boat amazed at what we’re seeing.

September 2014 and history is made on St. Agnes as the first Manx shearwater in living memory fledges from its burrow. This chick, alone from its parents who have already migrated to the coast of Brazil for the winter, is warming and exercising its wings in darkness, and staring at the stars to get a fix on its location. Once mature, it will live out at sea, also migrating to South America in winter. But every spring, it will return home to Scilly, its natal colony, for years to come.



AS FRESH AS THE SEA Being a chef on Scilly is the best experience I’ve ever had. It’s challenging and exciting in equal measure! I especially love to work with fish, freshly caught by local fishermen. They head out to sea pre-dawn, and deliver their catch to my kitchen door every day at 9am. My favourite? Mackerel: every day. I have never tasted anything as good as Scilly mackerel. The clear coastal waters here give it a texture and firmness that I have experienced nowhere else before. Cooking with mackerel is a joy, just wrap in foil – ideally on the barbecue on a beach! Keep it simple: a few herbs, maybe some garlic butter or just plain lemon, smoked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper will bring the natural flavours alive. Once cooked through, remove the foil and place them on a large serving dish (or a piece of driftwood!), drizzle with olive oil, lashings of lemon juice, season well, and serve straight away!

ANDREW O’CONNOR is Head Chef at the awardwinning Juliet’s Garden Restaurant & Bar on St. Mary’s.



Have you ever visited South Western Australia “Shipman Head” to marvel at the huge, soft to glimpse flame red Eucalyptus trees in full flowering clumps of Armeria maritima or as flower, or perhaps been to the Bay of Monterey we know it, “Sea Thrift”. It’s impossible to resist in California to see sculpted Cypress trees laying down amongst its fluffy pink cushions and clinging to the water’s edge? Or why not travel staring at the blue skies above. to Table Mountain in South Africa and view the On the island of St. Martin’s it is difficult magnificent “King Protea” plant, and maybe to miss the occasional tall magenta spears of even pop down to New Zealand to marvel at the the “Whistling jacks”, Gladiolus communis giant Kauri Pine up scaling over 200 feet high? byzantinus as they stand sentinel and alone as And should you find yourself in the Canaries you an example and reminder of days past when the will see they have a flora all of their own, with flower industry was at its peak and the bulb many diverse succulents and high flowering was king. shrubs each peculiar to the separate islands. Find yourself below the lighthouse on Not forgetting South St. Agnes which is perched America, particularly on a modest hill in the The focal point is Chile and Peru, with middle of the island and you the Abbey Garden that exotic Puya flowers cannot help but notice even pollinated by resembles some miniature the surrounding hedges that humming birds. protect it like a moat are not Well there is no need tropical rainforest, where we your normal state of affairs. to traverse the globe goggled at the fairy-tale shell Numerous pink flowers of when you can visit the the South American native pavilion and Valhalla, the from Chile, Escallonia Isles of Scilly. In Scilly, our unique maritime shipwreck museum, with its macrantha, sit above glossy climate, combining the yet sticky leaves and show warm waters of the Gulf collection of ships’ figureheads up at almost anytime of Stream, mild winters, the year whilst the more proudly and slightly and sea fog with just the discreet purple flower of eerily displayed right amount of annual the adjoining Pittosporum rain, means that we can crassifolium hedge from SARAH BAILEY grow plants from every New Zealand’s southern Mediterranean climate hemisphere tries to outdo its EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, zone on the planet. neighbour with its glossy salt RED MAGAZINE Indeed, there are very tolerant evergreen foliage. few gardens within the island archipelago, both But of course it’s at the Abbey Garden on private or public, that do not harbour glamorous the island of Tresco that you’ll experience the botanical escapes and reflect a world of botany. most staggering mix of the world’s flora waiting Native of South Africa with its tall blue for you in one garden. Helping create this flowers, Agapanthus praecox will carpet vast horticultural masterpiece that has been tended areas across many summery wind-combed unbroken by five generations of the Dorriendunes while succulent Aeonium plants nestle Smith family, the garden sits on a gentle southin rooftop gutters like errant cauliflowers. The facing slope protected on the north and west by cabbage palm, Cordyline australis from New a low hillside covered in shelterbelts grown to Zealand grows prolifically on each island within protect the more tender specimens within. Scilly, giving the air of a warm and sunny climate. The “Abbey gardeners” are a privileged bunch, What sight can be more evocative than taking a working not just in a garden so very different stroll around the north end of Bryher towards from the rest of Britain but also on a special WWW.VISITISLESOFSCILLY.COM


The sub-tropical Tresco Abbey Garden is a famous attraction. A stroll in its shady terraces and exotic plants will reinforce the sensation of being in a far-flung paradise.

Zealand to identifying Australian Melaleuca or “Paper bark trees” which can withstand a forest fire and still survive. Not that we get many forest fires on Tresco… but you never know! The early spring will bring a flurry of activity in the glasshouse range where many thousands of plants are produced to be spread across not WENDY JOHNSON just the Abbey garden but across all the island WOMAN’S OWN gardens. One hundred and fifty years ago the Dorrien-Smith family would have returned island that makes it unique. The modest team from their many travels with collected seeds of nine have many demands that perhaps their to be tried out upon the terraces of the Abbey mainland counterparts would not encounter. garden: Major Arthur and his wife Eleanor with Working in a garden such as Tresco means plants from Australia and New Zealand, his that the skills required differ from your run of daughter Helen Dorrien-Smith calling in with the mill “English” garden with its herbaceous some special bulbs brought back from a recent borders, clipped box and formal lawns. The warm trip to India, and her brother Commander Tom conditions throughout the year mean the garden Dorrien-Smith with flowering plants from South never rests even when winter calls. The annual Africa never before seen in an English garden. “New Years Day flower count” will find nearly Nowadays the Curator will sit in his warm 300 species of exotics bursting with colour when office surrounded by books and delving across the rest of the country has gone to sleep and the internet to a hundred different Botanic awaits the call of spring. Acacia from Australia, gardens looking at long seed lists choosing Aloe from South Africa and Agave from Mexico names of plants that take his fancy. Caesalpinia all do their best to outdo each other with their echinata, from the splendid sounding “Jardim varied and peculiar flowering delights. Tresco Botanico da Madeira” to Echium wildprettii from gardeners require that their plant knowledge is the “Jardin Exotique” in Monte Carlo… wide and diverse, taking in “Pohutukawa”, the not as much fun as collecting it yourself but still wonderful wind tolerant Flame trees from New most satisfying, especially when a small brown envelope arrives in the post bulging with seed from a far flung destination. TRESCO ABBEY Home to the Dorrien-Smith's for The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will often generations, it nestles alongside add to the diminishing glasshouse space with the famous Garden. a consignment of surplus plants, always a welcome addition with their special botanic significance of rare or endangered species that Tresco are able to grow outdoors and assist with conservation, research or as is more likely, simply to look nice for the garden enthusiasts! Pelargonium cuttings will be taken in October for planting in cottages in the spring, South African Silver trees will be grown for windswept roadside verges and Australian bottlebrush with its high powered scarlet flowers will be produced for that new space in a garden yet to be landscaped or redeveloped. And it is not just plants that are harboured within the protection of the shelterbelts and

LIKE AN OASIS Palms and hardy exotics thrive in a climate warmed by the Gulf Stream.



SCENTED PINKS Grown on St. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throughout the summer months.

SCILLY'S VINEYARDS Grapes ripen at St. Martin's Vineyard.

garden. Red squirrels have been introduced recently and are proving a great success with visitors. They scamper about the whole island treating visitors to a glimpse of a bushy tail as they search for the nuts of the Monterey pine and often-exotic tasting flowers as a prelude to their main course! Their numbers have now doubled and it is a very rare day that visitors will not see at least one or two going about their daily business feeding themselves or their young. Adding to our guests across the summer months come visiting cruise ships which will arrive through the early morning mist and sit between the islands with eager passengers ready

ST. AGNES Walking towards the lighthouse.

The abundance of nature on the Isles of Scilly is just one of the many reasons visitors are drawn back over and over again. ANDY COOPER EDITOR, DEVON LIFE to disembark. At this point brightly coloured tenders will pull up alongside gathering up the new arrivals and bringing them ashore. They are met by the Tresco horticultural team ready to entertain with stories of exotic flowering plants, winter gales, ships figureheads and enough historic facts to fill a wheelbarrow. It may be a group from the “Smithsonian Institute of America” who have come to peer intently at a rare flowering Agave from the deserts of Mexico or perhaps a more diverse group of German guests along with visiting shipboard botanists ready to show them a South African bulb only seen in flower on Tresco in the month of May. Or, as is more likely, 300 well shod English ladies all hopeful to bump into that nice garden Curator, Mike Nelhams who they met at the Chelsea Flower Show and who had invited them all down to Tresco for tea. One never quite knows who may come ashore. Next year perhaps it’ll be you!



THE PERFECT HOLIDAY STARTS WITH THE PERFECT PLACE From converted barns to castles, from 4-star hotels to self catering and camping, there’s a range of options to suit every taste and every budget. Hotels

B&Bs and Half Board

There is a wide selection of hotels on the Isles of Scilly ranging in size and rating. From central locations with easy access on St. Mary’s, to rural island retreats for peace and tranquillity, you’ll be able to find a lovely hotel in the perfect spot that suits you. Many are dog friendly too.

Across the islands you’re spoilt for choice for B&Bs and guesthouses offering half-board options. From the hub of Hugh Town to the beach-front of Bryher choose from cosy fishermen's cottages, town houses rich with heritage, beautiful converted barns or secluded hideaways.

Self Catering


Stay in a traditional Scillonian granite cottage, a converted barn, a farmhouse or a chalet. From stunning 5-star Gold award homes to more modest 2-star accommodation, Scilly’s wideranging self-catering options provide the perfect bolt hole from which to enjoy a holiday. Most provide Wi-Fi; some allow dogs.

Choose from one of five campsites, some award winning, on four of the islands – St. Mary’s, St. Agnes, Bryher and St. Martin’s. Glamp it up in style or retreat to a yurt. Pitch a stone’s throw from the beach, on a farm, or nestle amongst woodland or in rural fields. You can enjoy breathtaking views from them all.




IOSAAS APPROVED ACCOMMODATION The Isles of Scilly Approved Accommodation Scheme (IOSAAS) means that the properties have been independently assessed to meet industry “safe, legal and clean” requirements. All properties must have achieved these minimum levels (or be VisitEngland rated) before they can advertise in this brochure.

VisitEngland’s classifications are used throughout the islands. VisitEngland, VisitScotland, VisitWales and the AA all assess hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and campsites to the same criteria, awarding one to five stars or pennants. The ratings reflect the overall quality of the experience.

VisitEngland’s ratings made easy!


THE GREEN TOURISM BUSINESS SCHEME This scheme recognises efforts made to reduce impact on the environment. Energy and water efficiency, recycling, minimising waste and use of local produce are all taken into account.

Simple, practical, no frills. Well presented and well run. Good level of quality and comfort. Excellent standard throughout. Exceptional, and with a degree of luxury.

You can find more details about the VisitEngland assessment scheme at

OTHER ACCREDITATIONS These are included by our accommodation providers to give you more assurance and information about their offer, including schemes such as the Good Hotel Guide, Trip Advisor and Alastair Sawday’s.




Please check cancellation policies with individual accommodation providers. Taking out cancellation insurance is advisable.

As the Isles of Scilly are an off-shore destination, it is advisable to take out holiday insurance to guard against delays due to weather or other eventualities.

Please note that individual accommodation providers are not bound by the details published here. Please always check for latest pricing and availability, as well as for discounts that may be available.

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ACCESSIBILITY There are various services and facilities available on the Isles of Scilly to assist visitors with limited mobility during their holiday on our islands, but it is always a good idea to contact transport providers and your accommodation provider to discuss your particular requirements. Some accommodation on the Isles of Scilly offers accessible rooms and/or ground floor bedrooms. Please contact individual businesses for more detailed information. Individual access statements can be viewed via links on or on individual accommodation providers’ websites. Please remember that the off-islands (Tresco, St. Martin’s, Bryher and St. Agnes) are only accessible by boat (getting on and off the tripper boats can be tricky with several steps involved, although our boatmen will always assist where

necessary), and have a mixture of concrete roads and unmade tracks. There is no public transport on the off-islands, although your accommodation provider will meet you on your arrival and transfer you to where you are staying. There are golf buggies available to hire on a daily basis (age 25-75 years; driving licence required) on Tresco and St. Mary's. There is also a ‘Buzza Bus’ service on St. Mary’s, however those entitled to use this service must be registered with Cornwall’s Age Concern, and unable to use other accessible private hire vehicles.


For more information or assistance before or during your stay please contact the Tourist Information Centre at Porthcressa Beach on 01720 424031 or email

OUR WEBSITE This Guide is a showcase for our wide range of accommodation on the Isles of Scilly. Visitors to the islands may, however, find that they need more details on particular properties. All the accommodation featured in this Guide (and more!) can be found on The website listings provide links to the accommodation’s own website, email address, phone number, as well as more photos and further information about the properties, and availability. If you know the name of the accommodation you are looking for, you can simply ‘Search’ for the property using our search facility, on the top right of each page of the website. Searching this way will take you directly to the accommodation's own listing. Using the filter options:

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ST. MARY'S – Hotels

Star Castle Hotel & Vineyard


HO | 38 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £75-£184 B&B PPPN £110-£209 DB&B PPPN

A world apart, but not a world away... Enjoy a family run gourmet hotel with history that excels in friendly and professional service. There’s a very warm welcome waiting for you at this excellent four-star Castle hotel, which began life back in 1593. Built in the shape of an eight-pointed star, the castle served to protect the mainland of Britain from invaders. Today the castle, and its views are much better enjoyed over a glass of wine or two from the ramparts. The Star Castle Hotel sits in four lush acres of secluded sub-tropical gardens and offers a range of facilities including an indoor heated pool and unlimited complimentary golf and tennis. There’s a choice of beautifully styled accommodation with the pretty garden rooms many with sea views and their own private verandas or gardens, or the rooms within the Castle that ooze cosy character, history and charm. The hotel is renowned across the islands for its fine cuisine and offers a choice of two award-winning restaurants specialising in local produce including fresh lobster and crab, fished for daily by the hotel. Each day begins with a sumptuous breakfast and children will love the delicious high tea offered to children at the Castle.

Good Hotel Guide 2015 The

Editor’s Choice

The Star Castle hosts many parties and events and 20mm wide offers the perfect ingredients for a very special wedding day too: with licensed rooms, fabulous food and stunning photo opportunities. In 2015, hotel owner, Robert Francis, produced the first fine wines from the vineyard that he planted in 2009. Not only do these excellent wines now take pride of place on the wine list, but also the vineyard itself is fast becoming one of the must-see locations on St. Mary’s. The setting is spectacular and visitors can enjoy wine tastings, fresh lobster for lunch, or they can just sit back and soak up the special atmosphere of the Star Castle’s Holy Vale Vineyard. There is a host of events and activities to take part in throughout the year both at the Star Castle Hotel and on the Isles of Scilly. The Star Castle offers special packages to make the most of these events, such as; Walk Scilly, Culture month of May, Archaeological week, Gourmet Wine weekends and many more.

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‘Taste of the West’ Restaurant Winners in the South West Excellence Awards 2013

Star Castle Hotel, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JA E. T. 01720 422317/423342



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St. Mary’s Hall Hotel


HO | 26 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £65-£128 B&B PPPN £75-£138 DB&B PPPN

Real Food - Real People - Real Scilly An elegantly refurbished townhouse set in its own Mediterranean style garden. We are situated just minutes from sandy beaches and a 5 minute level walk from the town and quay. Stay with us for a relaxing, revitalising and indulgent break. Call us or book online; our friendly and experienced staff are on hand to arrange every aspect of your holiday. Short breaks or longer stays available throughout the year. Let your holiday begin with your first call.

Taste the ‘spirit’ of Scilly, enjoy freshly cooked seasonal foods straight from our imaginative menu at Spirit Bar & Restaurant; locally produced ingredients and rare breed meat from our own home farm, complemented by an extensive wine, beer and spirit selection. Time to indulge - time to relax - time for you We look forward to welcoming you to our island paradise.

– Super king size beds in all double rooms – Rooms are all en-suite with baths and power showers – Residents’ library & lounge – Special events catered for




St. Mary’s Hall Hotel, Church Street, St. Mary’s TR21 0JR E. T. 01720 422316


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Tregarthen’s Hotel


HO | 33 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £105-£165 B&B PPPN £97.50-£180 DB&B PPPN

Breathtaking views and a warm welcome With outstanding sea views, sumptuous cuisine and the best position on St. Mary’s, just yards from the Quay, Tregarthen’s Hotel is the perfect base for a truly unforgettable holiday or short break. – Luxury Hotel Rooms – Panoramic Sea Views – Restaurant with Fresh Local Food – Spacious Lounge and Bar – Garden Terrace and Patio – Delicious Food Served All Day – Close to the Town and Quay – Interconnecting Family Rooms – Free Guest WiFi

Overlooking the clear waters of St. Mary’s Harbour and enjoying stunning panoramic vistas of the islands of Tresco, Bryher, Samson and St. Martin’s, Tregarthen’s boasts the best views of any hotel on St. Mary’s. Many of our bedrooms have breathtaking sea views and can accommodate families. With St. Mary’s Quay on our doorstep, a lounge, restaurant and an elegant garden terrace and patio overlooking the ocean, there is no better place to experience the unspoilt beauty of Scilly.

Tregarthen’s Hotel, Garrison Hill, St. Mary’s TR21 0PP E. T. 01720 422540



ST. MARY'S – Hotels

The Atlantic


HO | 24 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £120-£200 B&B PRPN

The Atlantic is a waterside property overlooking the harbour. Located in the heart of Hugh Town it provides a great base from which to explore the Islands. – Fantastic views over Hugh Town’s picturesque harbour – Central location close to ferry and airport – Comfortably furnished en-suite bedrooms – Waterside restaurant and terrace – Freshly prepared and locally sourced meals served throughout the day – Historic granite, maritime style building that is characteristic of Hugh Town’s architecture The Atlantic is a quaint hotel and bar in the heart of Hugh Town. The restaurant with its breath taking views and locally sourced daily changing specials provides the perfect place for dining throughout the day. Outside there is a terrace – enjoy light lunches and aperitifs alfresco! With coastal views to be enjoyed from many of the bedrooms and also from the terrace, The Atlantic is a great place to relax and also a good base from which to explore the Islands.

The Atlantic, St. Mary’s TR21 0PL E. T. 01720 422417




Bell Rock Hotel



HO | 23 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £59-£79 B&B PPPN £79-£119 DB&B PPPN

A warm welcome awaits you... Established for over 100 years. Looking after our guests with friendly attentive service. Relaxed and informal. Quiet location on level near Porthcressa and Town Beaches, only 100 yards. – Indoor heated swimming pool – Some top floor rooms have sea views – See all rooms and offers at – Owned and personally managed by resident proprietors on Scilly – Full English Breakfast cooked to order between 8-9.15am – Enjoy a wide choice of evening meals between 6-8pm – Spacious bar lounge Free WiFi for guests is available throughout the hotel. Relax in our spacious lounge & bar. All rooms are en suite with comfortable beds, TV’s, radio alarms, tea & coffee, hair dryers, etc. Very convenient quiet central level position. Relax in our super pool. Eat when it suits you – the menu changes daily, including the hot pudding of the day - Excellent value – The most southerly hotel in England - A four star rated one bedroom flat for 2 adults is also available in the hotel with all facilities. Bell Rock Hotel, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JT E. T. 01720 422575






ST. MARY'S – Hotels

Schooners Hotel


HO | 12 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £45-£98 B&B PPPN £85-£118 DB&B PPPN

Schooners waterfront hotel offers a central location with spectacular sea views, exceptional food, friendly experienced staff and a relaxed atmosphere. Located on Hugh Town Beach, Schooners has uninterrupted views across the harbour to the off islands. We are close to the quay for island boating, the town for pubs, shops, restaurants & St. Mary’s beautiful sandy beaches. – Quality meals, new inspiring menu daily – Superior quality beds for a comfortable night’s sleep – Quiet beach location – Close to quay for Island boating – Complimentary sail in our 60’ yacht. – Licensed bar with beach patio – Top floor library with panoramic island views – Free Wifi throughout the building – Family room – Restaurant – Beautifully decorated rooms all en-suite – Knowledgeable warm and friendly staff VisitEngland




With our central & waterside location right on the beach coupled with our renowned excellent cuisine, we are sure you will be back time and time again. All rooms have en-suite, Wifi, hot drinks facilities. TV with DVD. The bar opens onto the beach patio. A beautiful spacious lounge on the top floor overlooking the harbour.

Schooners Hotel Thorofare St Marys Isles of Scilly TR21 0LN E. T. 01720 422682 E5

ST. MARY'S – Half Board Bed & Breakfast / Bed & Breakfast

Carntop Guest House


Wingletang Guest House


HB | 8 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £36-£45 B&B PPPN £56-£65 DB&B PPPN

HB | 3 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £54 B&B PPPN £74 DB&B PPPN – Quietly situated on the outskirts of Hugh Town – 3 beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms – Half Board 4 evenings per week often using own produce Church Road, St. Mary’s TR21 0NA E. T. 01720 423763

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HB | 11 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £39-£56 PPPN Fantastic peaceful location overlooking the harbour. Eleven light, airy rooms all en-suite, most with sea views. Lovely guest lounge and front terrace. Selfcatering three bedroom flat also available. À la carte evening menu available.

David Walsh & Jacqui Ramsden The Parade, St. Mary’s TR21 0LP E. T. 01720 422381 VisitEngland

Nick & Bryony Lishman E.  T. 01720 422513

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B&B | 6 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £35-£44 PPPN

– Well equipped bedrooms, all en-suite – Comfortable guest lounge with reclining sofas – Enjoy a full English breakfast or something lighter – Dining room always available with fridge & microwave – Family room has separate bunk room with own TV/DVD Marian, Steve and Kenny look forward to meeting you.




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B&B | 2 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £30-£43 PPPN

A friendly, family run B&B located in a quiet area on the outskirts of Hugh Town, within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops, beaches and the quay. We aim to make your stay with us as enjoyable and relaxing as possible with a warm welcome, comfortable rooms and great breakfasts.

Marian & Steven Gibson Church Road, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 423154

– Delicious fresh home-cooked evening meals – Efficient friendly service, licensed bar – Comfortable twin, double & single en-suite rooms – Tasty breakfast choices, cooked as you like it – Debit and credit cards accepted Ideally situated close to sandy beaches, shops, churches, museum, bus tours and boat trips. Traditional warm welcome and excellent value. Please contact us for more details:




– Scillonian family run B&B with breakfast award; quiet location 5 mins walk to restaurants, coast walks, beaches, quay (10 mins) – Double or twin rooms; TV/DVD – Complimentary Wi-Fi and Beach Towels, Guest Fridge; TRIP ADVISOR - BOOK ON LINE or Call Carmen Stevens, Pilot’s Retreat, St. Mary’s TR21 0PB T. 01720 423361

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B&B | 4 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £39-£49 PPPN – Extensive choice of award-winning breakfast – Ideal Hugh Town location for all amenities – En-suite bedrooms equipped with every comfort – Guests’ lounge and free WiFi Phillip and Lesley Jones, Church Street, St. Mary’s TR21 0JT  T. 01720 422968





ST. MARY'S – Bed & Breakfast

Freesia Guesthouse


B&B | 4 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £42 PPPN Sharing

Greenlaws Guesthouse


BB | 3 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £45 PPPN – Friendly family run guest house a few feet away from Old Town Beach – 3 Luxury ground floor en suite rooms with sea views – WiFi – Outside Patio Area – Beach Towels Provided Ian & Heather Stewart, Old Town, St. Mary’s TR21 0NH T. 01720 422045

Freesia is a family run Four Star Silver Awarded guesthouse situated in the centre of Hugh Town.


– All bedrooms are en-suite and well equipped – Complimentary WiFi in all rooms – Short walk to beaches, restaurants, shops and harbour – Extensive choice for breakfast – All special diets catered for by prior arrangement

Pelistry Cottage

– Wet weather clothing, rucksacks and beach towels provided



dimqsvx3YWSR Rose Cottage B&B


B&B | 4 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £35-£45 PPPN

– New roof terrace open for all our guests

Carole & Peter Green, The Parade, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 423676




B&B | 3 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £40-£48 PPPN

– Double/Twin Ensuite Rooms – All Day Access – Room & Guest Fridge, Tea/Coffee in rooms – Beach Towels/Hair Dryers – WiFi A warm welcome awaits at this beautiful Grade II listed cottage. Full English breakfast or lighter options are available using local produce wherever possible. T. 01720 422506

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B&B | 3 Rooms | Jan-Dec | From £35-£44 PPPN Family run Guesthouse, 6 minutes from town centre. Comfortable bedrooms all en-suite, lounge, sitting room and large garden with seating. Room fridges, guide books, games and beach towels provided. Cath and Kevin Sherris Pilots Retreat, St. Mary’s TR21 0PB T. 01720 422945

– Sea views from every room – Four star rating with silver award & breakfast award – All rooms are ensuite – Perfect harbourside location

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– Free WiFi

All our rooms have sea views across the harbour and to the off islands beyond. Ideally situated on the flat and just a few minutes walk to the restaurants, pubs, shops & off island boats and 20 yards from nearest beach.





B&B | 2 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £39 PPPN

Our conversion of two traditional harbourside cottages provides purpose finished, high quality ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation.

Karen and Jeremy Phillips Rose Cottage, The Strand, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 422078




– Lovely sea views – Offering comfortable and spacious accommodation – Close to beaches and all amenities Porthcressa, St. Mary’s TR21 0JQ T. 01720 422132 E.



ST. MARY'S – Bed & Breakfast

Sylina Guesthouse


B&B | 4 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £33-£45 PPPN

– Four ensuite rooms; 2x doubles/twins, 2x doubles and 1x treble. – Stunning conservatory for guests’ exclusive use. – Large garden for guests’ exclusive use. – Guests’ fridge and microwave. VisitEngland

– 18th century converted Wesleyan Chapel, lots of character, located in Old Town – 2 spacious bedrooms, beautifully appointed – Close to Beaches, Restaurants, Nature Reserves, Pottery and Galleries – An ideal location to explore the islands E. T. 01720 422100

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B&B | 9 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £45-£55 PPPN

Superb beachside guesthouse with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Comfortable en-suite rooms with sea views. Enjoy stunning views from our breakfast room, patio and garden. Located just five minutes from the quay, the perfect base to explore Scilly.

– Complimentary WiFi throughout the guesthouse.



B&B | 2 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £45-£55 PPPN

We are perfectly situated for stunning walks and the best beaches on the island. Our beautifully appointed ensuite rooms are made up with Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels. We are always available for advice on things to do or where to eat, and to ensure you have everything you need to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

Paul & Sam Mallon McFarlands Down, St. Mary’s TR21 0NS E. T. 01720 422129

The Old Chapel B&B


The Wheelhouse, Porthcressa, St. Mary’s, TR21 0JG  T. 01720 422719




Tolman Guest House



B&B | 3 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £35-£46 PPPN

Giles and Julia welcome you to Tolman House a small established Guest House with a stunning waterside location in the quiet hamlet of Old Town with panoramic views of the coastline. – Stunning Sea-views overlooking Old Town Bay – 4 Star Silver Award – Quiet location – Perfect for special occasions – Close to the scenic Coastal Pathway – 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Hugh Town The comfortable en-suite rooms are centrally heated; all have TV/DVD’s and hospitality trays. All the bedrooms have a sea-view as do the gardens and the relaxing sunny lounge. In our light and airy dining room with beautiful views of the bay enjoy a hearty Full English Breakfast or a lighter option (using local produce whenever available) and a choice of our homemade preserves. Children over 12 are welcome. Sorry no pets and non-smoking. We look forward to hearing from you. Giles & Julia Grottick, Tolman House, Old Town, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0NH E. T. 01720 422967




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Westford House B&B


B&B | 5 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £40-£45 PPPN

Beachfield House


B&B | 6 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £32.50-£43.50 PPPN – Super position adjacent to beach, sea views from most bedrooms – Lounge & private garden available for guests – Family run guest house – Free WiFi – Secluded location, yet only 10 minutes from Hugh Town

– Very conveniently located, a short level walk from popular beaches, shops, restaurants and harbour – Comfortable, well equipped double & twin en-suite rooms, with TV and free Wi-Fi. All day access – Friendly Scillonian proprietor – Bright guests lounge with TV, window seat and lots of local information. Always available Enjoy your Isles of Scilly holiday on St. Marys with Jo & Alan at Westford House guesthouse. We offer you friendly Bed and Breakfast accommodation in our 1820’s, 3-storey, grade 2 listed, Georgian townhouse. Character combined with modern comforts and a relaxed atmosphere for a home-away-from-home feeling. Your perfect holiday is our goal!! Joanna Holwill, Church Street, St. Mary’s TR21 0JT E. T. 01720 422510 VisitEngland



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BB | 3 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £47 PPPN Kistvaen is situated under the Garrison Wall and overlooking Porthcressa Bay. There are 3 top floor bedrooms with magnificent views over the beach, town and the Quay. We provide a large range of breakfasts and try to suit all tastes and diets. Jane Chiverton, Kistvaen, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 422002


Blue Carn Cottage



B&B | 2 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £38-£44 PPPN Character granite cottage where friendly, thoughtful hospitality awaits you as we continue the tradition of Scillonian flower growers welcoming guests into our historic farmhouse. Peaceful, comfortable, and only one minute away from the beautiful beach. See our recommendation in Lonely Planet.

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B&B | 4 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £39-£42 PPPN

Enjoy your stay on the Isles of Scilly in a Grade II listed 300-year-old cottage combining character with modern comforts. Relax in our comfortable guest lounge, or simply enjoy our pretty garden where you can unwind and watch the world go by surrounded by sub tropical plants and flowers. The Parade, Hugh Town, St. Mary’s TR21 0LP T. 01720 422711

Kistvaen Guest House


Mrs Anthea Roberts, Old Town, St. Mary’s TR21 0NH E. T. 01720 422214

B&B | 5 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £40-£43 PPPN


E. T. 01720 422463

A warm welcome awaits you at Lynwood; an elegant 1830’s Scillonian town house with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Lynwood has been lovingly restored by its owners, Jan and Dave Parr, and is centrally situated to offer easy, level access for the quay, beaches, shops and the excellent restaurants and pubs of Hugh Town. The tastefully appointed guest bedrooms are all en-suite, bright and airy and offer hot drink making facilities, hair dryers, colour TV and radio. Excellent breakfasts can be chosen from a varied menu and special diets catered for. Church Street, St. Mary’s TR21 0JT E. T. 01720 423313





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Santa Maria Guest House


B&B | 5 Rooms | Apr-Sept | £39-£48 PPPN

B&B | 2 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £40 PPPN – Quiet location near Porthcressa Bay – Easy walk to beaches, restaurants and quay – Simply-furnished rooms with a coastal feel – Light and airy lounge – Sheltered garden with seating Rams Valley, St. Mary’s TR21 0JX E. T. 01720 422517

The Santa Maria Guest House has a ‘Four Star Quality in Tourism Grade’ awarded by Visit England.



Shamrock B&B


B&B | 2 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £40 PPPN We have one family room and one double/ twin room. We serve a full English breakfast but special requirements can be catered for. Disabled friendly.

We are a short distance from the shops and restaurants including the Quay where all tripper boats depart for the Off-islands. All our rooms are en-suite and have WiFi and Flat Screen Digital TVs. Our rooms are tastefully appointed and we can accommodate Guests in single, twin, double and family occupancy. To view our Guest House please go to our web site listed below. Andy and Jackie Chesterman 44 Sally Port, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JE E. T. 01720 422687

Tracey Guy, Shamrock, High Lanes, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 423269

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We are centrally located within Hugh Town, St Mary’s and have beautiful 180 degree Sea Views overlooking Porthcressa Beach and the islands beyond.




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BB | 7 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £38-£45 PPPN

B&B | 6 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £35-£43 PPPN

– Ideally situated on the level to all amenities, shops, town, beaches, harbour – On the level walking 5 min from the quay – Complimentary WiFi for our guests – Bosuns Locker Guest TV lounge, also has a guest fridge – Guests can enjoy our front patio area A warm welcome awaits you at Shearwater which overlooks a flower and tree lined park, our five en-suite bedrooms and one family room with its own private shower room and toilet all have newly decorated bathrooms. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate making facilities are in all bedrooms along with TV and hairdryers. A home cooked hearty Full English Breakfast or a lighter option including fresh fruit is served daily.Open all year except Christmas and New Year. Bob & Tina Hayes, Shearwater Guest House, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 422402

Ideally situated on the level overlooking Town Beach and with all Hugh Town amenities and restaurants within easy walking distance.






Our bedrooms are en-suite or have private facilities. Unrivalled views from our Guests’ Lounge towards Tresco, Bryher and the Harbour. We offer a warm welcome and friendly atmosphere and have a reputation for high standards of comfort, good food and personal service. Complimentary WiFi available. Anjeric is the perfect base to enjoy Scilly. Judy and Barry Archer Lower Strand, St. Mary’s TR21 0PS E. T. 01720 422700



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Browarth B&B

B&B | 2 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £35-£39 PPPN

★★★ Isles of Scilly Country Guesthouse ★★★ B&B | 16 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £39-£59 PPPN

– Clean comfortable B&B – Ideally situated in a quiet cul-de-sac – Close to the town, beaches and the quay – Private outside seating area to rooms Ram’s Valley, St. Mary’s TR21 0JX E.  T. 01720 422353 M. 07776 076975

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B&B | 6 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £34-£42 PPPN

– Peaceful countryside location – 7 single en-suite rooms – Generous breakfast made from local produce – Ideal for families and small groups A wide choice of en-suite rooms. Comfortable lounge and dining area with residents’ kitchen. An ideal location for exploring the unspoilt ‘up-country’ areas and secluded beaches all within easy walking distance. Sage House, High Lanes, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 422440


– A warm friendly welcome awaits you at the Bylet – We are conveniently situated for all amenities – Hugh Town 5 mins Harbour 8 mins Beaches 4 mins – Extensive breakfast menu – All rooms ensuite/private facilities – Complimentary refreshment tray in rooms – Lounge and secluded garden are always available – Self catering also available at The Bylet

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IOSAAS APPROVED B&B | 2 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £35-£49 PPPN – Peaceful beachside location with stunning sea views, 15 mins stroll from Hugh Town. – Hospitality trays, TV/DVD/WiFi hairdryers all rooms. – Splendid breakfasts, great choices, diets catered for. – Location and house pictures on our website.

Miss Lisa Williams The Bylet, Church Road, St. Mary’s, TR21 0NA E. T. 01720 422923/422479




Patti and Andy Brooks T. 01720 422441





Nancherrow B&B

Comfortable, friendly and welcoming B&B with sea views over Porthcressa and beautiful garden. Double bedded en-suite room with bath and shower. Drinks facilities, fridge, TV & radio. Aga cooked English Breakfast, 8 mins walk to quay and 5 mins to the shops.

Conveniently located on the outskirts of Hugh Town. “Nancherrow” is a small, friendly, family run B&B offering double & twin-bedded, en-suite, accommodation.

IOSAAS APPROVED B&B | 1 Room | Mar-Nov | From £47.50 PPPN

IOSAAS APPROVED B&B | 2 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £34-£38 PPPN

Victoria Hitchens E.  T. 01720 423072 or 07901 793373

E. T. 01720 423338






ST. MARY'S – Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Northwethel Guest House IOSAAS APPROVED Santamana

IOSAAS APPROVED B&B | 2 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £33-£38.50 PPPN

B&B | 3 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £30 PPPN – Newly built bungalow – Peaceful location – 10 minutes walk from several beaches, the harbour and local amenities – Modern, spacious en-suite rooms – No single supplement charged

A small, friendly guesthouse with panoramic sea views just a short stroll from the centre of Hugh Town and it’s beaches. A great place to unwind with tastefully decorated rooms and hearty breakfasts. See our excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.

E. T. 01720 423415

Sonia Fletcher, Santamana, Jacksons Hill, St. Mary’s T. 01720 423024 E.



The Midas Suite


B&B | 1 Room | Apr-Oct | £38 PPPN Enjoy a peaceful relaxed stay in our spacious suite. Private entrance into your lounge/ conservatory. Large bedroom and shower ensuite. Sea, rural and town views from gardens and patios. Close to all amenities. Generous continental breakfast at your leisure. Debra Cole E. T. 01720 423052



Pier House

IOSAAS PENDING B&B | 2 Rooms | Mar-Nov | From £35 PPPN A fully listed traditional fishermans cottage in the heart of Hugh Town, right next to the harbour, perfect for off-island excursions. Mr Peter Reynolds T. 07769 151617


Gatehouse Cottage



Holy Vale Farmhouse

★★★★★ GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £500-£2100 PUPW

★★★★★ GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 8 | £820-£1800 PUPW

– Historic Cottage located at the entrance to The Garrison – Private gardens with terrace – Beautiful interior equipped to highest standards Duchy of Cornwall T. 01579 346473

– A beautifully presented former farmhouse, ideal for larger families – Spacious open-plan accommodation – Private garden and terrace, perfect for al fresco dining – Lovely rural position overlooking vineyards – Free use of road legal golf buggy


E.  T. 01720 422431 C4



The Guard House


– Historic Guard House located on The Garrison – Private garden terrace with panoramic sea views – Beautiful interior equipped to highest standards

– Former gun emplacement in secluded location on The Garrison – Private garden with panoramic sea views – Beautiful interior equipped to highest standards – Unique secluded location, the perfect hideaway

★★★★★ GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £600-£2600 PUPW

Duchy of Cornwall T. 01579 346473



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £600-£2600 PUPW

Duchy of Cornwall T. 01579 346473 C4





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Customs House

★★★★★ | ★★★★ GOLD SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 5-6 | £615-£1925 PUPW

Bella Self Catering Apartments ★★★★GOLD SC | 4 Units | Apr-Sept | Sleeps 2-4 | £484-£1168 PUPW

– Three stunning harbourside apartments, all with sea views – Moorings (sleeps 6), Spinnaker (sleeps 5) & Topsail (sleeps 5) – Modern and stylish, superb location – Grade - II Listed Landmark Building – A perfect base for a luxury Scilly holiday E.  T. 01720 422431


Four Star Gold Award Winning Apartments F5


★★★★ GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £300-£500 PUPW Well appointed twin bedded property with patio and sea views. 2 mins from Porthmellon Beach, close to Hugh Town.

All our apartments have Wi-Fi access and digital TVs. In addition we provide a welcome basket, bath towels, hair dryers, dressing gowns and slippers. To view all our apartments please go to our web site listed below.

Mrs Margaret Pritchard, Jacksons Hill, St. Mary’s TR21 0JZ E.  T. 01720 422757

Jackie Chesterman 44 Sally Port, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall TR21 0JE E. T. 07746 821872

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Only a short walk from the amenities of Hugh Town and the beaches of Little Porth and Porthcressa. Some of our apartments have 180-degree sea views. Our apartments Bella Vista, Little Bella, Bella Maria and Bella Bryher, are finished to a high standard and have attained a 4 Star Gold Award quality standard by "Visit England".







Garrison House Apartment

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Nov | Sleeps 2 | £410-£625 PUPW

★★★★ GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2-4 | £500-£1500 PUPW

A really friendly & relaxed base to explore these beautiful islands. Our delightful garden apartment is perfectly located for harbour and local beaches.

Stunning sea and harbour views. Close to the Quay and town. Two ensuite double bedrooms. Secluded garden with deck, BBQ and views.

Sarah Sibley Jackson’s Hill, St. Mary’s E.  T. 01720 422803

E.  T. 01720 422972




Glandore Apartments

Lower Anchorage

Enjoying a quiet beachside location at Porthloo, Glandore is a large detached house in its own private garden, just a minute’s walk from the beach and 15 minutes from town. Three modern fully equipped apartments, two with magnificent sea & country views, one on the ground floor with private entrance, garden and patio.

Enjoy the wonders of Scilly from the comfort of your armchair. This spacious and tastefully decorated two bedroomed waterside apartment offers stunning uninterrupted harbour views and total relaxation Find us on Facebook.

★★★★GOLD SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-3 | £370-£850 PUPW

★★★★GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 5 | £750-£1295 PUPW

Karen J Snowball T. 07905 520559 E.

T. 01720 422535






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Old Town Cottage

★★★★ GOLD Samson at Mount Flagon

★★★★GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £460-£900 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £415-£610 PUPW

Sea Views to off islands. Beach 75 yards. 3/4 acre garden. Quiet location – easy access to Hugh Town and quay. 2 en suite bedrooms – 1 with double bed, 1 with twin beds.

A beautifully renovated cottage just a few yards from the beach, blending traditional character with modern style. A perfect base for a relaxing Scilly holiday. Old Town, St. Mary’s Mrs G Sibley T. 01720 422302 E.

John & Ann Derbyshire, Mount Flagon, Porthloo, St. Mary’s E.  T. 01386 792065






A spacious ground floor flat decorated and equipped to the highest standard. All linen and towels provided. 3/4 acre tiered garden. Well behaved dogs welcome.

A traditional stone built cottage within 100m of Porthcressa Beach. Spacious+comfortable, full central heating+open fire. Large bright well equipped dining kitchen with dishwasher.

★★★★GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2-4 | £400–£670 PUPW


★★★★GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £650–£880 PUPW

Mrs Nan Fellows, 3 Buzza Street, St. Mary’s T. 01527 66689 E.

Sue and Clive Kirby T. 01720 423657 M. 07824 381550 E.

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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-4 | £330-£940 PUPW


– Stunning sea views – Superb quiet and central location – Two lovely apartments sitting on Town Beach – Open all year. Linen, wi-fi & utilities included 6 & 10 Harbour Lights, Thorofare, St. Mary’s TR21 0LN E.  T. 01206 247119

Mr M Littleford T. 01720 423102 I5

6 Lower Strand

6 & 10 Harbour Lights


SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £350-£1200 PUPW

– Conveniently located on the outskirts of Hugh Town. – A modern, well maintained, 2-bedroomed property. – Tastefully furnished and decorated. – The private, south-facing, courtyard garden is ideal for relaxing or dining.




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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £450 - £575 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-6 | £450-£1050 PUPW

Annet is a cosy, twinbedded apartment at Mount Flagon. We are dog-friendly and situated just off the coastal path below Harry’s Walls. There is a large garden with a private seating area for you to enjoy.

– Bedrooms: 2 Twin 1 Double – Very well equipped comfortable terrace cottage – Superb views over St Mary’s harbour and town beach – Just minutes from shops, restaurants and quay for boat trips – Children of all ages well catered for

Ann Hughes E. T. 01425 655729

Sue Richards T. 01720 422904







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Sandpiper Holiday Apartments

★★★★GOLD | ★★★

SC | 5 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-7 | £395-£2025 PUPW

Holiday in luxury in superbly appointed self-catering apartments. – Luxury Holiday Apartments equipped to the highest standards – Waterside locations – Easy access for boating, shops and restaurants – All bedrooms are en-suite – Free WiFi available throughout – Owned, managed and serviced by a local resident family Owned & operated by a local family our apartments will provide you with the opportunity to make the most of Scilly whilst enjoying our modern centrally located waterfront apartments. Our holiday apartments are situated in some of the finest locations on St. Mary’s, enjoying outstanding island views, including St. Mary’s harbour. Guests enjoy easy access to St Mary’s quay and the boats that will take you island hopping, as well as to the islands restaurants, pubs and retail outlets. Our apartments have free WiFi access and come equipped with both washing and drying facilities. As a local resident family we believe that Sandpiper apartments offer the best possible place to stay whilst you explore Scilly.




Jill & Jon May, Sandpiper Apartments, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0NA E. T. 01720 422122



Avoca Holiday Homes


SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Nov | Sleeps 2 | £450-£520 PUPW

– Situated between Hugh Town and Old Town – Both apartments are on the ground floor – Hoopers to the left of the front door; An Tigeen to the right – My aim is that you relax and be happy on holiday

G.M. Osborne, Porthcressa, St. Mary’s T. 01720 422986

Declan Ridsdale, St. Mary’s E.  T. 01720 423183 / 07796 301544




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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £450–£950 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-6 | £600-£1300 PUPW

A fully equipped, comfortable and spacious property situated just yards from Porth Mellon and Town Beach and a short walk to the town and harbour.

– Superb elevated location with stunning sea views – Three bedroom split level house, four star rating – Private garden and sun deck. Free Wi-Fi – Reduced low season rates give economy for smaller groups – Convenient for beach, town and harbour

Mrs E & Mr D Pearce, Upper Strand, St. Mary’s T. 01209 860463

E. T. 01720 422078



SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £490-£570 PUPW

A well maintained ground floor flat in quiet area, close to shops and quay. Large comfortable lounge, double bedroom. Well equipped kitchen, bath plus shower. Patio available for guests.

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Carnwethers Country House Cottages


Carnwethers is the perfect place for a peaceful and restful holiday ‘far from the madding crowd’ in ‘upcountry’ St Marys but just a 10 min bus ride or 35 min stroll through the nature trails into town.

Pelistry Bay, St. Mary’s TR21 0NX L Graham T. 01720 422723 M. 07811 453109 E.

Fairview (5 Moonrakers)

Dunmallard (Upper Flat)



SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £400-£530 PUPW Light spacious flat in quiet position behind museum in Church Street. Separate lounge, kitchen diner, double bed. Friday changeover, non-smoking. Close to shops, beaches and amenities. For availability please see our website. Mr & Mrs D. Poynter E. T. 01720 422703



– Attractive granite house on Old Town Bay – Only 15 minute stroll to Hugh Town – Perfect for a relaxing family holiday – Secluded patio garden overlooking the beach E. T. 01720 422431


Set in an acre of award winning gardens and located above the beautiful, secluded Pelistry Bay, Carnwethers offers comfortable and contemporary accommodation in four cottages. B&B accommodation also available. Our facilities include solar-heated outdoor pool, croquet lawn, games room, library, laundry and sauna. Ideal for couples, families, walkers and wildlife lovers. Large group bookings for special events welcomed with exclusive use of facilities, call for details.



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £460-£700 PUPW

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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £770–£1570 PUPW

Sea views from every room. Recently modernised 1st floor apartment in quiet location next to Garrison Walls. Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room, 2 bedrooms: double ensuite & kingsize/ twin room. Only a few minutes walk to quay, beaches, restaurants & shops.

– Centrally located beach-side bungalow – Sea views across Porthcressa Bay – Two minute walk to Hugh Town and the quay – Perfect for a relaxing holiday. E. T. 01720 422431

E.  T. 07974 139049




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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 5 | £585-£1005 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £425-£950 PUPW

Three bedroomed house with stunning sea views. Quiet location only four minutes from the beach, harbour and shops. Furnished & equipped to a high standard. Changeover Thursdays. Mr & Mrs M. Easton T. 01372 458753 E.

Spacious 3 bedroomed accommodation. The flat is furnished to a high standard and set in its own garden. 100 yards from Porthmellon Beach and convenient for town and harbour. Lena Heslin, Gunner Rock E.  T. 01720 422595



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £625-£1470 PUPW

SC | 4 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-5 | £600-£1300 PUPW

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Island View Holiday Home


SC | 1 Unit | May-Sep | Sleeps 4 | £520-£1020 PUPW

– Attractive granite cottage with enviable position – Sea views across Porthcressa Bay with south facing patio – Two minute walk to Hugh Town and the quay – Perfect for a relaxing holiday

Debbie Edwards T. 01720 422955 E.

No. 1 Corners


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £715-£1540 PUPW

– Superb views over Porthmellon Beach, harbour & islands – Watch idyllic sunsets – Private patio & garden areas – Seconds from beach – Minutes from town & country walks & nature trails



E. T. 01720 422431 K2


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £595–£1110 PUPW

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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £350-£585 PUPW

– Modern duplex apartment in the heart of Hugh Town – Bright and airy luxury accommodation – Central location for shops, restaurants and the quay – Perfect for couples sharing or families

Norwethal Flat is a modern light airy one bedroomed flat in a quiet area close to all amenities. Porthcressa & Town Beach are only a 3 minute walk away, with the shops and harbour only 5 minutes’ walk. E.  T. 01720 422028 |

E. T. 01720 422431




Oystercatcher, 7 Godolphin House★★★★ No 1 & No 2 Porthcressa View SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £425-£925 PUPW 12 Silver Street A bright and airy ground floor flat, well located just a short level walk from beaches, the harbour and amenities of Hugh Town. A great base for a perfect Scilly holiday.



SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-6 | £650-£1380 PUPW

E.  T. 01720 422431

Dave & Sarah Bulmer, The Bank, St. Mary’s T. 01470 562411 E.

– Luxurious accommodation – Centrally located for shops, restaurants and the quay – 12 Silver Street enjoys sea views – Electricity included – Out of season offers – Each property sleeps 6 guests comfortably with either Friday or Saturday change over At Porthcressa Properties we have everything you need to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible; from comfortable beds, DVD player, iPod dock to well-equipped kitchens, every need is catered for. The open-plan layout downstairs provides a spacious, airy living area, then step outside the front door, cross the road and you’ll find yourself on beautiful Porthcressa beach, perfect! Lesley Mills, 57/61 Adrian Road, Abbots Langley, Herts, WD5 0AG E. T. 01923 270533



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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £350-£750 PUPW – Superb uninterrupted sea views across to Tresco, Samson & Bryher – Well appointed 2 bedroom holiday apartment – Close to quay, shops & restaurants – Fully equipped to a high standard – Perfect location for a relaxing holiday




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Did you know? The Isles of Scilly is home to the smallest football league in the world, just two teams - The Garrison Gunners and the Woolpack Wanderers! Serica


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £695-£1095 PUPW – Grade 2 listed townhouse centrally located – Sunny courtyard at rear of property – Handy for off island boats – Two bedrooms: one kingsize and one twin Please contact Heather, Phil or Lucy E. T. 01720 423095



SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 6 | £710-£1000 PUPW

Shamrock Cottages



SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £550-£800 PUPW

Serica is centrally situated overlooking the park with uninterrupted views of the Garrison, Tamarisk and Star Castle.

Both cottages accommodate six people in two rooms each with a double and a single bed. In a quiet area with private decking and landscaped gardens. Electricity is payable by £1 coin meter.

For full details please visit or phone

Tracey Guy, Shamrock, High Lanes, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 423269

David Townend  E. T. 01720 423501




The Crow’s Nest, 6 Spanish Ledge★★★★ The Hideaway



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £375-£595 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit |Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £395–£610 PUPW

– Top floor apartment in converted granite house – Centrally located in the heart of Hugh Town – Ideal for couples sharing or single travellers

– South facing twin bedded apartment – Central location for shops, restaurants and the quay – Fully modernised and well equipped

– Fully refurbished Spring 2014 E.  T. 01720 422431

5 Harbourlights, Thorofare, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 422431





SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Dec | Sleeps 8 | £1600-£1800 PUPW – Large town house sleeps 8 – Easy access to shops and restaurants – Close to beaches – Handy for off island boats – View of harbour



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Mrs Rosemary Sharman E. T. 01929 472181 day / 471210 evening





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Scilly Self Catering

SC | 53 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-10 | £260-£2345 PUPW

ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

At Scilly Self Catering our aim is to make your visit to the Isles of Scilly truly memorable. Whether you seek a romantic spring break for two, a summer holiday with the family, an autumn wildlife expedition with friends or a winter hideaway to write your next novel, we are sure we have the accommodation for you. With years of experience in welcoming guests to the islands, let us offer expert advice to help you choose your ideal holiday home. We cater for all tastes and budgets and with the largest selection of properties on St Mary’s, make us your first choice when arranging your holiday on Scilly. To complete your hassle free booking let us organise your travel and save you money!

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4 - 5 star properties An Treath Avoca Antigeen Avoca Hoopers Bay Tree Cottage Beach Moorings 3 Buccabu The Cabin, The Bank Christmas House Far Horizon

Sleeps 6 Sleeps 2 Sleeps 2 Sleeps 6 Sleeps 2 Sleeps 2 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 10 Sleeps 4

£500–£1545 £395–£570 £395–£570 £700–£1600 £465–£650 £360–£540 £455–£990 £1245-£2345 £465–£975


2 Goldolphin Holly Cottage 1 Minalto 2 Minalto 3 Minalto 4 Minalto Verona

Sleeps 2 Sleeps 6 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 6 Sleeps 2 Sleeps 6 Sleeps 6 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 6 Sleeps 6

£335–£470 £560–£1005 £505–£835 £420–£830 £485–£1285 £425–£580 £850–£930 £490–£1520 £425–£960 £490–£745 £370–£965 £550–£1160 £600–£1080


Rosevean Flat 1 Seascape 4 Silver Street 14 Silver Street 3 Spanish Ledge 4 Spanish Ledge 1 Springfield Court Spy Hole Tremelethen Farm Cottage White Cottage White Cottage Flat

Sleeps 4 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 6

£465–£865 £693–£1200 £505–£805 £420–£705 £420–£705 £365–£595 £700–£1385

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3 star properties Aft Cabin Altamira Ground Flat Altamira Top Flat Anchor Cottage Armorel Cottage Avona Belladonna Escallonia 1 Golden Bay Jasmine Lower Ganilly Merrick 4 Myrtle Cottages


£465–£580 £400-£810 £550–£1235 £550–£1235 £425–£560 £300–£580 £425–£745 £425–£660


Sleeps 5 Sleeps 7 Sleeps 4

£340–£725 £785–£1265 £360–£950



1 - 2 star properties Buccabu 2 Sleeps 2 The Cabin, Pentland Sleeps 2 Lifeboat View Sleeps 2 Porthloo Chalets 1 & 2 Sleeps 4 Seaview Moorings 1-5 Sleeps 2

Sleeps 2 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 6 Sleeps 6 Sleeps 2 Sleeps 2 Sleeps 3 Sleeps 2

£390–£765 £275–£475 £375–£470 £260–£650 £420–£705


2 Spanish Ledge Sunny Creek Tean

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Sleeps 4 Sleeps 4 Sleeps 2

£465–£630 £450–£745 £405–£680


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Albany, Thurleigh and Waverley


SC | 7 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £275-£395/£455 PUPW | Sleeps 6 | £710-£1120 PUPW

We have six flats, Albany and Thurleigh, each accommodating 2 persons; and a bungalow, Waverley, which sleeps 6. For more information please see our website. – All accommodation is of a high standard with fully equipped kitchens – Guests are met on arrival by island owners – Welcome tray and fresh flowers provided – Linen and towels provided and changed when needed throughout your stay – Wi-Fi available at Albany and Waverley – Washing machine and tumble dryer in Waverley – Open all Year Albany is situated on Church Street in Hugh Town. The apartments are comfortable and welcoming and retain some of the features of this 200 year old house. Thurleigh ground floor apartments are accessed from Porthcressa Road, just one minute from the beach. Shops, restaurants and the Quay are a short, level walk away. Waverley is a detached bungalow on Church Road just 10 minutes walk from Hugh Town. The bungalow has been refurbished to a high standard and offers families and groups a relaxing stay. Issy & Alfie Trenear, Thurleigh, Church Street, St. Mary’s, TR21 0JT E. T. 01720 422601


Beggars Roost, 3 Rosevean ★★★ Greystones 1, 2 3 Porth Cressa View ★★★★ PENDING and Cedar Cottage

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SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-6 | £300-£1300 PUPW

SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-6 | £345-£1525 PUPW

– 3 Porth Cressa View has been totally refurbished and was available for the first time in 2015 – Saturday changeover – Beggars Roost and 3 Porth Cressa View take dogs by arrangement – Close to beaches, shops and boats – Many returning customers – Book early (from July onwards for forthcoming year)

Our comfortable Greystones Cottages and superior Cedar Cottage situated on the historic Garrison, offer a perfect base for a quiet and peaceful stay on these beautiful islands. All offer excellent facilities and garden areas. Cedar Cottage has stunning views overlooking the sea and off-islands. We are only 10 minutes walk from Hugh Town, its facilities, the quay and nearby beaches.

Our three properties are very different! Virtual tours are available on our website below. Beggars Roost is a detached family house with a fabulous garden and amazing views. 3 Porth Cressa View is a modern terraced house within 20 paces of Porth Cressa beach. 3 Rosevean House is a self-contained, light and airy, top floor flat opposite the Chaplaincy in Church Street.

T & B Moulson The Garrison, St. Mary’s TR21 0LS E. T. 01720 422670

Ken Peay, 19, Langley Avenue, Surbiton KT6 6QN E. T. 0208 399 8364


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Seaways Farm Holiday Homes

★★★★ | ★★★

SC | 6 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-5 | £500-£1285 PUPW

Established over 40 years ago, the holiday houses at Seaways Flower Farm, Porthloo and Bant’s Carn offer a choice of houses, cottages, chalet or apartment with unrivalled sea views in secluded locations. – Magnificent sea views – Beautifully restored farm buildings, 3 properties with big gardens – 4 Cottages adjacent to the popular Juliet’s Garden Restaurant & Bar (wifi available) – Children & Dogs Welcome/Centrally heated for winter holidays. – Broadband available in all properties (except Summer House) – Bang & Olufsen televisions in each property with cable for own devices. Whether you choose The Loft, Orchid, Barley, or Summer Houses, fifteen minutes’ walk from Hugh Town, or Standing Stone and Standing Stone Terrace, set in rugged isolation at Bant’s Carn, our converted farm buildings are beautifully restored. Enjoy the surroundings of a traditional Scillonian flower farm. Moments from the beaches, Seaways offers peace, comfort, relaxation and style. Walk along the coast at sunset, picnic on the beach, or go for a sail and look up at your cottage on the cliffs. Whatever you do with your day, you’ll be glad to end it at Seaways.



Mrs Juliet May, Seaways Flower Farm, St. Mary’s TR21 0NF E. T. 01720 422845


6 Godolphin House

Bounty Ledge

★★★GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-3 | £375-£595 PUPW



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £495-£990 PUPW Fully equipped maisonette. Fantastic sea views, with panoramic view of the harbour. Three bedrooms, double, single and a twin with a fold up bed. In Hugh Town. Shops, beaches and quay all within a few minutes walk. Mr Jackman, Lower Strand, St. Mary’s TR21 0PS T. 01720 422124

– Spacious Flat, centrally situated – Near Beaches, good views – Underfloor heating, non-smoking


Godolphin House is a modern block of nine self contained flats, a short walk to the shops of Hugh Town and close to three sandy beaches. 6 Godolphin House, on the second floor, and overlooking the chaplaincy gardens, has been completely renovated, attractively furnished and is well equipped to provide a high standard of accommodation. Two double bedrooms. Saturday changeover. Mrs. A. S. Hogg Church Road, St. Mary’s TR21 0NB E. T. 02476 450455




Dunmallard (Lower Flat)



SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Sep | Sleeps 2 | £350-£480 PUPW Comfortable, quiet and spacious ground floor flat, near beaches, harbour, shops & local amenities. Non smoking. No pets. For further pictures and information please see Mr & Mrs Elliot Dunmallard (Lower Flat), Church Street, St. Mary’s T. 01458 272971






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Flat 4, Kenwyn


Kirklees Holiday Flat


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £220-£410 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £480 PUPW

Studio flat for 2 close to beaches, town and quay. Sea views. Linen and towels provided. Start/end days Sat or Tues. Short breaks available. No smoking.

A spacious and well appointed ground floor flat, centrally located close to Hugh Town and amenities and Porthcressa Beach. Kirklees offers a double-bedded room, bathroom with shower, lounge/ dining room and fully equipped galley kitchen. Changeover Saturday. Free WiFi.

Mrs C Smith T. 01823 412845 E.

T. 01720 422623 E.

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SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-12 | £380-£1170 PUPW

– Ideally placed close to Porthmellon Beach – Double-fronted property with shared gardens – Spacious, excellently furnished & well-equipped – Families welcome; choice of 3 units – Shared laundry; cot available upon request – Please visit our website for many more details

8 Buzza Street


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £375-£545 PUPW

A cottage, probably built in excess of 150 years ago, one of a row of typical fisherman’s cottages situated very close to Porthcressa Beach and centrally situated for the town’s amenities, has been very tastefully renovated, attractively furnished and well equipped to provide accommodation of a high standard. One double bedroom. Wednesday changeover.

Porthmellon, St. Mary’s E. T. 07999 856128

Mrs. A. S. Hogg St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0HX E. T. 02476 450455 VisitEngland





SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £600-£880 PUPW

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SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £335-£470 PUPW

Sea views from sitting room and balcony. One twin and one double room. Quiet location close to centre of Hugh Town and harbour. Bookings Saturday to Saturday.

Well equipped 1 bedroom flat. Quiet location. Close to Town Beach, shops & the quay. Chairs and table on south facing balcony. Ideal two person flat. Electricity included.

Andrew and Be Combes, Hugh Town, St. Mary’s T. 01720 423930

T Parsons Scilly Self Catering, Back Lane, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JR E.   T. 01720 422082



– Attractive cottage near Porthcressa Beach – Centrally situated – Comfortable & cosy, Non-Smoking

Careful owners of dogs welcome by prior arrangement in the House and Chalet (but not Flat)

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ST. MARY'S – Self Catering



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £400-£750 PUPW

Baker’s Flat


SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Nov | Sleeps 4 | £475-£850 PUPW

Ajax is a superb flat for four people. Perfectly situated just a stroll from Hugh Town, Ajax has stunning, panoramic views across the bay, out towards Tresco and the off islands. Regularly used by the owners, Ajax is maintained to high standards, with a newly fitted kitchen in 2010 and bathroom in 2012.

– Wifi – Centrally located for shops, restaurants & beaches – Children welcome – Close to quay for all your boating needs – Friday to Friday change over Liz Osborne E.  T. 01720 423066

Mrs E Johnson, The Strand, St. Mary’s TR21 0PS T. 0208 6589426 E.



Brunswick, 3 Telegraph


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £350-£700 PUPW

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SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £280-£530 PUPW

Situated at the North of the Island 1.5 miles from Hugh Town. Quiet setting in spacious gardens. On main bus route (seasonal). Close to Bar Point, Bants Carn ancient village and Golf Club. Perfect for a relaxing holiday.

Don and Judi look forward to welcoming you to well appointed 1st floor accommodation with distant sea views and garden. Low season Short Breaks available, advice for travel. D. Williams The Bylet, Church Rd, St. Mary’s TR21 0NA E.  T. 01720 422479

James & Sue Sherris, Content Farm, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 422496



Captain’s Cabin


★★★ Clemy’s Cottage



SC | 1 Unit | Feb-Nov | Sleeps 2-4 | £375-£740 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £650-£1200 PUPW

A very comfortable first floor flat quietly situated near beaches and harbour. Electricity included.

A newly refurbished well– appointed self–catering holiday cottage just a stones throw away from Porthcressa Beach. This lovely cottage provides your family and guests a central location to the main facilities, a perfect base to explore the beautiful islands.

Captain’s Cabin, Rams Valley, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JT E.  T. 01720 422966

Hannah Cattran E. Hugh Town, St. Mary’s

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Flat 1, Spanish Ledge



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £220-£615 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 5 | £570-£750 PUPW

– Central, modern furnished first floor flat – Sleeps 4, double and twin bedrooms – Lounge/diner, shower room

Traditional 3 Bedroom Cottage in Hugh Town, next to Museum and close to beaches and shops.

Flat 1, Spanish Ledge, Hugh Town, St. Mary’s E. T. 01872 271387 M. 07735 205566

Mr D Townend, Church Street, St. Mary’s E. T. 07900 016113








ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

Harbour Lights and Smugglers Ride ★★★ Kistvaen Flat SC | 4 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 1-4 | £350-£1200 PUPW


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £565-£615 PUPW Kistvaen is situated under the Garrison Wall overlooking Porthcressa beach. There is a double and a twin room, kitchendiner and lounge. There is a private deck overlooking Porthcressa with BBQ. Tuesday changeover.

– Open all year – Availability listed on website – Free WiFi Superb holiday apartments quite literally on the beach with fantastic sea, harbour, and town views. A variety of tastefully converted accommodation, whether it is a romantic hideaway or a one or two bedroom flat. Local shops and restaurants are on the door step, with the quay and other beaches a few minutes walk away. With our weekend and out of season short breaks this gives you an ideal opportunity to enjoy our milder winters and mingle with the locals. Alternatively storm watch from the comfort of your armchair as most flats have sea views. Alison Clifford E. T. 01202 722910




SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £288-£449 PUPW


SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-5 | £385-£995 PUPW Attractive and secluded cottages, each with private garden or patio, on a working flower farm near beautiful southern coast of St. Mary’s, about 1½ miles from Hugh Town. Porth Hellick, the nearest beach, 5 minutes walk. Nature trails, coastal path and other beaches very close.

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Relax in a tranquil country location. Close to Bants Carn, Bar Point and golf course, bus 2 mins walk. Restaurant 15 mins. Jane Lishman Mc Farlands Down, St. Mary’s TR21 0NS T. 01720 422897

Mr. K. Simpson, The Strand, St. Mary’s T. 01720 422561




SC | 2 Units | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2-6 | £275-£820 PUPW

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SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £765 – £865 PUPW

Peacehaven is set in two acres of its own grounds just above Watermill Cove on the north east of the island. Ideal for couples & families for a quiet relaxing break.

South facing beachside bungalow with garden running up to the footpath following the sea wall to Porthcressa and Little Porth beaches. 1 Little Porth, Hugh Town, St. Mary’s Mrs M.C. Feast T. 01527 893619

S Paulger, Helvear, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0NS E.  T. 01720 422326


Lunnon Farm Cottages


SC | 3 Units | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2-4 | £360-£460 PUPW

Spacious comfortable split level ground floor self catering accommodation near the centre of Hugh Town with fantastic views across the road to the Green and the harbour.



Penny Rogers T. 01720 422422

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Jane Chiverton, Kistvaen Flat, St. Mary’s TR21 0JE E.  T. 01720 422002




ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

Revenue Cutter, No 9 Harbour Lights★★★ Riviera House ‘Top Flat’


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 3-4 | £300-£840 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-6 | £395-£1200 PUPW

– South facing views, centrally located in Hugh Town – Large open plan lounge/ diner and kitchen – Fully equipped and inclusive of all charges – One double, one bunk room, Monday C/O

– Centrally located, views overlooking park – Free WiFi, very well equipped – Two double (one with en-suite toilet) and one twin bedroom – One min walk to beach, 5 mins to quay – High chair and travel cot available Chris & Debbie Etheridge T. 07977 175677

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Rocky Hill Chalets


SC | 2 Units | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £340–£670 PUPW

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SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £400–£810 PUPW

Ideally situated on flower farm with private lawns within large garden close to town, beaches and nature trail. Mid week bookings early season.

Breathtaking panoramic sea and town views. Fantastic quiet location below the Garrison wall, but close to quay, beaches, restaurants, pubs and shops. Ground floor apartment. Two bedrooms both with vanity units, lounge/diner, shower room and galley kitchen. Terraced garden.

Debbie Edwards, T. 01720 422955 E.

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The Barn


SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £375-£695 PUPW

Louise Parker E. T. 01720 422594 J6


The Dairy Flat



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £425-£645 PUPW

– Secluded hideaway, tranquil yet central – Private grounds. Garden with panoramic views over Lower Moors & sea views towards Old Town – Convieniently situated for beaches, town, harbour – Relaxing retreat, perfect for a peaceful holiday on Scilly




SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-3 | £290 - £560 PUPW

– Panoramic sea views from bedroom & lounge – Linen, electricity and Wi-Fi included – Central location for shops, restaurants and quay – Twin or king-size bed option Mick & Yve Peck, The Dairy Café, The Strand, St. Mary’s TR21 0PT T. 01720 422446 E.

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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £550-£1295 PUPW

A beautiful Victorian townhouse, with high ceilings, large windows and a comfortable feel, converted to a high standard. Situated close to the quay, shops and restaurants of Hugh Town and Porthcressa and Town beaches. Perfect for couples.

– Traditional granite cottage in the heart of Hugh Town – Five minutes walk to the quay, one minute to the beach – Well equipped with contemporary décor and furnishings – Central heating, free WiFi and private courtyard garden

Julie Havlin, Church Street, St. Mary’s TR21 0JT E. T. 01209 711927

Mr & Mrs Beck E T. 01227 472128







ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

Warleggan Holiday Apartments ★★★ 4 Well Cross SC | 7 Units | Mar-Nov | Sleeps 1-5 | £335-£680 PUPW


SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Jan | Sleeps 7 | £550-£1000 PUPW Modern furnished house, with Sky TV and WiFi, situated close to Town Beach. Within 5 minutes of quay. Small courtyard with benches. MP Burton Well Cross, Hugh Town, St. Mary’s T. 07768 407495

– Romney and Schiller – 2 person apartments – Eagle and Colossus – 2 person apartments – Hollandia – 3/4 person apartment – Firebrand – 4 person apartment – Association – 4/5 person apartment


There are seven holiday apartments to choose from at Warleggan. A range to suit everyone – all comfortably furnished and equipped for your every need, in the perfect location! Owned and cared for by island residents, we aim to provide quality affordable accommodation, the basis for a carefree holiday and a preparation for adventures in our beautiful islands. Mrs Celia Hiron Warleggan Holiday Apartments, Church Street, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JT E. T. 01720 422563




5 Museum Flats

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £550-£850 PUPW – Contemporary 2 bedroom apartment – En suite bathrooms with shower – Harbour view – Balcony – Very well equipped Sarah Layton, 5 Museum Flats E.  T. 07836 507773


7, Spanish Ledge

An Oberva

– Centrally located, spacious, well equipped ground floor flat – 2 large bedrooms & lounge – New kitchen/diner – 2 minutes walk to beaches, shops & harbour

Modern first floor flat in Hugh Town. In a quiet position yet two minutes from Porthcressa Beach, and five minutes from shops and quay.

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 1-5 | £385-£880 PUPW


IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £200-£800 PUPW

Julia Berryman An Oberva, Porthcressa, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly T. 01326 574113

– Linen, towels & electricity all included in the price E.  T. 01720 422510






Auriga Apartment

Carn Ithen Cottage

Luxury apartment having panoramic views over Porthcressa Bay. Family, double and twin en-suite bedrooms on 1st floor, lounge dining room & fitted kitchen on 2nd. Saturday c/o. 5 mins walk from quay

Situated in Old Town, close to beach and nature trail. Luxury two-bedroomed accommodation (twin/ superking and double both with ensuite showers). Large comfy lounge/diner, kitchen (welcome hamper), utility room and garden. Visit our website for more information. Trench Lane, St Mary’s TR21 0PA E. T. 01720 422917

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6-8 | £700-£1500 PUPW

Sheila & Chris Thomas, 7 Porthcressa Road, Hugh Town TR21 0JL E.  T. 01720 422637



IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Sleeps 4 | Jan-Dec | £530-£980 PUPW



ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

Banfields Holiday Flats

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 4 Units | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £345-£495 PUPW

Chy Carn

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 10 | £1575-£2575 PUPW – Luxury extremely well appointed five bedroom house – Spectacular views, perfect location, large garden. Mon C/O – Minutes from beaches, town, quay and coast walks Leonie Marks, Hospital Lane, St. Mary’s E.   T. 01621 892873  M. 07980 977917

– Visit our website for details/vacancies/video tour – Linen provided. Laundry facilities in each flat – Two flats have their own private patio gardens – Free broadband WiFi. TV’s in bedrooms – Flats serviced by on site owners


Situated in Church Street, near beaches, boats, shops, and restaurants, this 1840’s house has been carefully converted into three comfortable, well equipped flats: ‘Top Deck’, ‘Midships’ and ‘Quarter Deck’, with each retaining some of the features of this nineteenth century building. The ‘Flatlet’, with patio garden, is to the rear of the owner’s house next door. Roger & Kathy Banfield, Church Street, St. Mary’s, TR21 0JP E. T. 01720 422731


Fisherman’s Arms, 7 Smugglers Ride

SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2-3 | £470-£600 PUPW – First floor apartment located on, and with direct access to, Town Beach with views over the Harbour – Books Tuesday – Tuesday – Linen, towels & electricity included in price – Free Wi-Fi available for visitors


Angela Walker. Bute Lodge, 182 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AD T. 020 8940 9808 E.



Glenmoor Apartment

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | From £595 PUPW



Lyonnesse House

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 5 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-4 | £430-£995 PUPW

Luxury apartment situated ten minutes from Hugh Town and picturesque Old Town Bay. Two bedrooms with superking/twin beds, spacious bathroom with free standing bath, waterfall shower, kitchen, lounge/diner, underfloor heating & Sky+. Visit our website to view our photo gallery. E. T. 07789 816261



Harry’s Lookout

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-4 | £850-£950 PUPW

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Children and babies well catered for Dogs welcome in some apartments Mid-week and weekend changeovers Linen and beach towels provided Wifi and I-pod docks

A Grade II listed family residence, sympathetically converted in 2013 into 5 stunning apartments, 4 of which have magnificent views over the harbour and off-islands. Locally owned and managed, Lyonnesse offers a high standard of contemporary self-catering accommodation in an enviable location, convenient for the town, quay and beaches. Full details and on-line availability can be found on our website.

A new property for St. Mary’s situated near to the Garrison with superb harbour views. One double and one twin bedroom both with en-suite facilities. Outside eating area also enjoys harbour views with the rest of the property having all modern conveniences. Giles Lethbridge, The Doghouse, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly E.  T. 07824 982781

Mrs M Woodcock, Lyonnesse House, Strand, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0PS E. T. 01720 422113





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ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

North Tinks, Holy Vale

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 1-3 | £295-£620 PUPW Holy Vale is a lovely quiet ancient wooded valley in the heart of St Mary’s. North Tinks is a converted barn. A perfect position for exploring the Island. It is within walking distance of Hugh Town, the coastline and beaches. Taxis are available. Thursday changeover


Strand House

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 10 | £1000–£2400 PUPW A luxury seafront holiday cottage, centrally located with direct beach access. Consisting of four double bedrooms (two en-suite), two single bedrooms, bathroom, dining room, lounge, fitted kitchen, utility room and private terrace. Sat c/o.

– 3 bedrooms - king, twin & bunks (max of 6 guests) – Wood burner, electricity & water supply in all tents – All linen & towels are provided (inc beach towels) Our custom designed safari tents are spacious & fully furnished with excellent kitchens, comfortable bedrooms & stylish shower rooms. This is Glamping at its very best with all your home comforts to hand! Come & enjoy the farm’s spectacular coastal backdrop & far reaching views, ideally located just minutes from Hugh Town, the harbour & stunning beaches. Whether it’s a romantic retreat or a family adventure - we have an excellent farm holiday experience to offer! Peninnis Farm, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 421008 M. 07584 655470

Euan Rodger T. 07799 706573 E.




The Moos

The Old Cottage

– Situated near the tranquil South East coastline of St. Mary’s – Five minute walk to Porth Hellick and Pelistry Beach – Large shared garden – Bus stops outside

A beautifully renovated cottage with harbour & sea views. Located in Hugh Town the Old Cottage is pet friendly, perfect for couples, and is conveniently located for shops and restaurants. Saturday changeover.

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 2 Units | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2-3 | £330-£365 PUPW


IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 3 | £475-£775 PUPW

Mr P Lethbridge Garrison Hill, Hugh Town, St. Mary’s T. 01720 422245

Mr Rafe Ward T. 07470 307575 E.



SC | 7 Units | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 6 | £670-£1255 PUPW

E.  T. 01720 423523


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4 Golden Bay Mansions

The Crow’s Nest, Smuggler’s Ride

– Ideally placed spacious apartment with stunning views – Two bedrooms, double and twin – On the beach, two minutes walk to shops and quay – Linen, towels and electricity included – Availability, photos and video on our website

IOSAAS PENDING Fabulous location, fantastic sea view. Sunny flat with double bed and shower. Direct access through courtyard to the beach. Overlooking harbour and within ten minutes walk of the quay, three beaches, shops, restaurants and pubs.

IOSAAS PENDING SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £600-£1020 PUPW

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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 1-2 | £240-£530 PUPW

Stella Carter  E.  T. 01235 520317



TRESCO – Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

New Inn


B&B | 16 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £58-£126 PPPN

The New Inn offers award-winning bed and breakfast accommodation at the heart of the island community. – Comfortably furnished ensuite accommodation – Enjoy the bustle of the bar, or relax in the cosy and stylish Residents’ Lounge – Seasonal heated outdoor pool and sun terrace – Enjoy occasional live music throughout the year, and Ale and Cider festivals in May, June and August The only pub on Tresco, The New Inn boasts 16 rooms, many with stunning sea views across New Grimsby harbour. The New Inn has been awarded an AA rosette for food excellence and is one of only twelve pubs in Cornwall featured in the ‘Eating Out in Pubs’ Michelin Guide. Menus throughout the year include Trescoreared beef, fresh Scillonian fish and local produce. To benefit from Tresco’s transfer service be sure to book your flights through the Tresco Island Office.


Tresco Island Office, Tresco TR24 0QQ E. T. 01720 422849




Flying Boat Cottages


SC | 12 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6-10 | £1600-£6000 PUPW

These beautiful contemporary New Englandstyle beachfront cottages provide luxurious self-catering accommodation. – Situated right on the beach at New Grimsby – Membership of the Flying Boat Spa facilities with indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, wet room and gym – Includes entry to the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden The Flying Boat cottages are situated on the Western side of Tresco, with the Flying Boat Spa, Store and Delicatessen, Flying Boat Restaurant, bike hire and Island Office conveniently located on the doorstep. The cottages are beautifully appointed, with oak flooring, wood burning stoves, original artwork throughout and stunning sea views from the living rooms and master bedrooms with balconies. To benefit from Tresco’s transfer service be sure to book your flights through the Tresco Island Office.


Tresco Island Office, Tresco TR24 0QQ E. T. 01720 422849




TRESCO – Half Board Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Sea Garden Cottages

SC | 7 Units | Sleeps 6-10 | Jan-Dec | £1780-£6995 PUPW SC | HB | B&B | 9 Units | Sleeps 2-3 | Mar-Dec | £160-£260 PPPN

TRESCO – Half Board Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

★★★★★ GOLD

Capturing some of the best sea views Scilly has to offer, the Sea Garden Cottages are designed and furnished to the highest degree of comfort and style. – Elegant and stylish cottages available by the night or by the week – Stunning beachfront views overlooking St Martin’s, Tean and the Eastern Isles – Full access to the Spa, with indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym – Includes entry to the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden Situated on the Eastern side of Tresco at Old Grimsby the Sea Garden Cottages offer flexible holiday accommodation. Choose a self-catering holiday, or truly relax with bed and breakfast or half board dining at the nearby Ruin Beach Café. Nine beautiful one bedroom cottages offer a spacious open plan lounge and kitchen, and upstairs a large sea-facing bedroom with balcony and en-suite bathroom. Seven larger cottages sleep up to ten people in three or four bedrooms, with a luxurious living and dining space and a separate snug TV/sofa room, as well as a garden and terrace. The cottages are all beautifully and individually appointed, with original artwork, solid oak flooring, bespoke kitchens, log burning stoves and stunning sea views. To benefit from Tresco’s transfer service be sure to book your flights through the Tresco Island Office.

Tresco Island Office, Tresco TR24 0QQ E. T. 01720 422849





TRESCO – Self Catering | ST. MARTIN'S – Hotel

Boro Farm Cottages

★★★★ | ★★★ SC | 4 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-4 | £470-£1270 PUPW

– Breathtaking Sea Views – Free Wi Fi – Farm Stall with Homegrown Fruit and Vegetables – Beautiful, fully equipped cottages with log burning fire – Free pick up and drop off collection to and from the quay Attractive cottages on a working family run farm, centrally located for easy access to clean safe beaches, scenic walks and all local amenities. All cottages have unrivalled sea views, gardens and all are equipped and decorated to a very high standard suitable for all year round holidays. Mrs Nicola Christopher Boro Farm, Tresco TR24 0PX E. T. 01720 422843


An early flight from Newquay? Why not stay just down the road? If you have an early flight you can stay the night before right at the airport. And leave the car there too. The Smugglers Inn at the Airways Hotel is just 300m down the road. It’s comfortable, quiet and relaxed and run by a Scillonian family. The home cooked food is excellent and the room rates and cost of peace of mind parking are unbeatable.


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HO | 30 Rooms | Mar-Nov | From £185 B&B PRPN

Karma St. Martin’s is one of the premier hotels on the Isles of Scilly, located in an outstanding area of natural beauty with stunning views overlooking Tean Sound. – Newly Refurbished – Restaurant with Al fresco dining option – Bar – Karma Spa – Yoga sessions – Beautiful landscaped gardens with subtropical flowers This newly refurbished hotel is designed to appear as a charming hamlet of cottages. Accommodation includes individually appointed guestrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and luxurious amenities. Panoramic sea views are the order of the day, with the guest rooms and public areas overlooking the calm waters of Tean Sound, the island of Tresco and beyond. Enjoy deliciously fresh fish in the restaurant, a cosy drink at the bar, relax with a glass of wine in the library with a bespoke book collection curated by Philip Blackwell & Ultimate Library or unwind in the Karma Spa.

Francesca McCarthy Lower Town, St. Martin’s, Isles of Scilly TR25 0QW E. T. 01720 422368

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ST. MARTIN'S – Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Polreath Guest House


B&B | 3 Rooms | Apr-Sep | £50-£55 PPPN Delicious home-cooking, stunning gardens, far-reaching sea views, comfortable bedrooms and friendly hosts; just a taste of what’s to come when you stay at Polreath. VisitEngland BREAKFAST AWARD. Evening meals three nights. Tea Room open Sunday to Friday. E. T. 01720 422046

Did you know? The Isles of Scilly was involved in the longest war in history a 335 year bloodless dispute with the Netherlands!

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Churchtown Farm

★★★★GOLD SC | 2 Units | Feb-Nov | Sleeps 3-6 | £505-£1460 PUPW

A superb, detached, granite-faced cottage at Lower Town with 2 king or twin bedded rooms, both en suite on the ground floor. Open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen on the 1st floor with wonderful sea views. Dawn Bradford T. 01720 423213

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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £300-£750 PUPW – Warm and cosy all year round – Sheltered garden – All linen and towels provided – Washing machine and tumble dryer

– Fabulous views across Scilly – Spacious gardens with a large summer house – Good quality beds and bed linen – Perfect for spring and autumn breaks – A short stroll from some of Scilly’s best beaches Two granite cottages set in the heart of Highertown with sea views from nearly every window. The cottages are furnished in a relaxed, comfortable, modern style and are double glazed and heated throughout. Our cottages are right next to our flower farm so we are close by to answer any questions and help you make the most of your holiday.

Jo Williams E.

Zoe Julian Churchtown Farm, Highertown, St. Martin’s, TR25 0QL E. T. 01720 422169




Did you know? At the lowest tides the sea becomes shallow enough for people to walk between some of the islands...

Connemara Farm



SC | 4 Units | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 4-6 | £390-£745 PUPW Connemara Farmhouse and Cottage nestle into the hillside and look across fields to the uninhabited Eastern Isles. Chalets are a little further down the track each in their own field! Jackie Perkins, Highertown, St. Martin’s TR25 0QL E. T. 01720 422814



ST. MARTIN'S – Self Catering | BRYHER – Hotel

Carron Farm Self-Catering Holidays

Merrions Holiday Cottage & Chalet

– Stunning sea views from IOSAAS APPROVED all three properties – Two granite traditional cottages and one cedar wood chalet – Beaches just 2 minutes walk away – Linen and electricity included in the rental charge – Each property has its own garden

Cedarwood chalet and IOSAAS APPROVED granite cottage with twin and double bedrooms. Both recently modernised to a high standard. Large private gardens and breathtaking views to the South across Highertown Bay. Comfortable and well appointed - all inclusive. A warm welcome awaits you.

Carron Farm, St. Martin’s, Isles of Scilly TR25 0QL T. 01720 422893

Val Thomas T. 01720 423418 E.



North Farm Cottage

The Stables, St. Martin’s

A charmingly restored and updated traditional granite cottage in Highertown set in its own large south-facing garden. Close to the post office, cafes and beaches, the cottage is equipped to a very high standard for cosy holidays all year round.

A two bedroom cottage ideal for a family and a single bedroom cottage perfect for a couple, both with garden. Close to bakery and Post Office, Wi-Fi, comfortably furnished, dogs welcome. Pick up / drop off.

Sue Murray T. 01720 423028

E. T. 01326 563811

SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-5 | £470-£690 PUPW

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £480–£765 PUPW


SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £425-£750 PUPW

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-4 | £485-£1075 PUPW


Hell Bay

★★★★ GOLD

HO | 25 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £120-£335 DB&B PPPN

Comfort, beauty, peace and seclusion The stylish and relaxed Hell Bay is the highest-rated hotel on Scilly and stands on the western shores of Bryher, surrounded by vast skies and white sandy beaches. – 3 Rosette restaurant – Seasonal pop-up Crab Shack – Treatment room – WiFi – Outdoor heated pool – Beautiful sea views – Sauna and Jacuzzi – 3 par golf and tennis court Handsomely-appointed rooms and great cuisine are complimented by one of the finest private art collections in the South West. New England and the Caribbean meet Cornwall, with Lloyd Loom and Malabar fabrics set against cool ocean blues and greens. Their head chef uses local, seasonal and regional ingredients to create classic combinations of fresh, uncluttered flavours. Hell Bay is perfect for a romantic getaway or for a memorable family holiday, where children can even choose their own egg for breakfast from the hotel’s free-range chickens. During the summer months a pop-up crab shack operates offering the best Bryher crab along with scallops and mussels. To avoid disappointment booking early is essential.





Hell Bay, Bryher TR23 0PR E. T. 01720 422947



BRYHER – Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Bank Cottage Guesthouse ★★★★ GOLD Soleil D’Or


B&B | 4 Rooms | Apr-Sep | £58-£62 PPPN

B&B | 3 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £40-£50 PPPN

Gold award guesthouse offering superb sea’s edge holiday location.

Welcome to Soleil D’or, enjoy all that Bryher has to offer whilst staying in a small, friendly guest house. After a relaxing night’s sleep, enjoy a home cooked breakfast in our dining room which commands stunning views over Tresco Channel.

Spectacular sea views from all rooms, and luxuriant garden with secluded sitting areas. In addition to our award winning aga cooked breakfast we provide a guest kitchen for preparing light meals. E.  T. 01720 422612

E. T. 01720 422003 / 422010


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Fly to Scilly Via Newquay Cornwall Airport from: London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Belfast City, Dublin, Birmingham or Liverpool airport.


SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-6 | £570-£1350 PUPW – Picturesque traditional Scillonian granite cottages with large gardens – Ideal for couples, families or groups of friends – Close to Great Porth Beach – Dogs welcome – Atlanta changeover on Saturday; Glenhope & Glenhope High changeover on Wednesday T. 01720 423394 E.

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Bryher Holiday Chalets

The Fo’c’sle and The Crow’s Nest are two stunning four star gold award apartments. They are situated in a unique position right on the eastern edge of Bryher, with spectacular sea views from every window overlooking Tresco Channel.

– Recently refurbished, comfortable, well equipped modern chalets with panoramic sea views – Dogs welcome – Friday changeover – Ideal for couples, families or groups of friends – Reduced rates from November-March

★★★★GOLD SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £490-£990 PUPW

E. T. 01720 422010


SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-6 | £675-£1245 PUPW

T. 01720 423394 E.


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SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-4 | £300-£1120 PUPW – Magnificent panoramic sea views and beaches close by – Seasonal vegetables grown on the farm – Private decking area and gardens Ruth Eggins Clemmies and Bracken Cottages, Bryher T. 01720 423156


Did you know? There have been more shipwrecks around the shores of the Isles of Scilly than anywhere else in the world making the islands a mecca for divers!



BRYHER – Self Catering | ST. AGNES – Self Catering

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– Quiet and sheltered beachside location near quays – Well equipped, with linen and towels provided – Famous Fish and Chip Friday in our bar all year round! – One well behaved dog welcome

– Stunning south facing views towards the channel and Tresco – Recently renovated tasteful and spacious 3 bedroom house – Sitting room opening onto decking and garden – Outside garden furniture – Fully heated with wood burner

★★★★| ★★★ SC | 3 Units | Jan-Nov | Sleeps 4-5 | £350-£1120 PUPW

Chris Hopkins E. T. 01720 422222

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 1-5 | £550-£1250 PUPW

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South Hill Cottages

Veronica Farm Holidays IOSAAS APPROVED

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-5 | £400-£1200 PUPW Two attractive self contained units, each with beautiful gardens (Firmans and the Victory), close to the sea at Green Bay, Bryher. Friendly and welcoming. Bryher TR23 0PR T. 01720 422411

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IOSAAS PENDING SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 8 | £1000-£3950 PUPW A fantasic holiday house situated in a 1/2 acre of private garden with stunning sea views across Tresco Channel. Furnished to a high standard, 120 metres from the nearest beach and close to the island’s quays, perfectly placed for island hopping. T. 07803 905098 E.

SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £310-£1239 PUPW Sleeps 4 | £310-£1239 PUPW Three traditional farm cottages with sea views and private gardens. Farm location with fresh eggs and fudge available. Free Wi-Fi and a delicious welcome cream tea. Issy Tibbs Veronica Farm, Bryher T. 01720 423951


Did you know? Scilly is home to 239 scheduled monuments - there is a greater density of historic sites on Scilly than anywhere else in the UK.


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Troytown Farm Cottages IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 3 Units | Sleeps 2-4 |Jan-Dec | £350-£1030 PUPW Troytown Farm has three holiday cottages, in a beautiful location at the heart of the farm, overlooking the breathtaking Atlantic coast. St. Agnes is a tiny, unspoilt, friendly, island community; A truly unique place for an unforgettable holiday. Laura Hicks E. T. 01720 422360


NIGHTS UNDER THE STARS Scilly has been designated with no less than five Dark Sky discovery sites across all the islands. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no better way to explore the night sky and gaze at the stars than by sleeping under canvas.



ST. MARTIN'S – Camping

St. Martin’s Campsite

CAMPING ON SCILLY Whether you choose to camp on Scilly with just your basics or glamp in style, you’ll be transported not only back to nature but also back in time. There are five campsites from which to choose, two on St. Mary’s, and one each on St. Agnes, Bryher and St. Martin’s. Some have their own beaches, some are on a farm; some are exposed to the elements, others are nestled away – but all of them share equal charm and beauty as well as a certain simplicity and tranquillity.


CS | 50 Pitches | Mar-Oct | £10.50-£11.75 PPPN

– Welcoming, peaceful, relaxed and family friendly – Right on your own ‘campsite beach’ – Spacious, private and sheltered site – Excellent facilities kept to a very high standard – So good you’ll want to keep coming back Welcome your day to the sounds of nature, breakfast on freshly baked croissants and ease yourself into your flip flops. St. Martin’s campsite is set in a wonderful location, only a moments’ walk away from Lower Town quay, fresh local produce stalls, our famous pub, cafe’s and bistro’s, just a few of the many attractions our island has to offer. Dogs welcome out of school holidays by prior arrangement. Ben & Caroline Gillett E. T. 01720 422888




Troytown Farm Campsite - St. Agnes

Bryher Campsite

CS | Mar-Oct | £10.25 PPPN


CS | Feb-Nov | £9.50-£10.50 PPPN Bell Tents | 5 Units | Sleeps 4 | £330-£500 PUPW

– Listed in the Daily Telegraph’s 20 Best Coastal Campsites – Traditional, family-friendly camping on the beautiful island of Bryher – Stone’s throw from a white sand beach – Strolling distance to shop, pub and honesty stalls A friendly, laid back atmosphere and stunning ocean views await at Bryher Campsite. Nestled in a valley overlooking Tresco Channel to the East and the Atlantic to the West, this spacious site offers a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere with excellent facilities and a separate games field. Whether you’re looking for a fun family holiday or a quiet getaway, you can’t do much better. Tom Matthews & Joanne Hulands, Jenford, Bryher, Isles of Scilly, TR23 0PR E. T. 01720 422068

Wake up to the sound of the sea, spend your day relaxing by the clear water and white sands of the campsite’s own beach, then watch the sunset from your tent. In a stunning location, on the waters edge, the campsite enjoys incredible panoramic views of the ocean. For truly carefree camping, fully equipped bell tents are available to rent. Our little farm and dairy provides our visitors with homegrown produce and our famous ice-cream. Laura Hicks Troytown Farm, St. Agnes E. T. 01720 422360




Garrison Campsite - St. Mary's

Peninnis Farm Luxury Camping - St. Mary’s

CS | 120 Units | Apr-Oct | £9.20-£11.45 PPPN Readi-Tents | Sleeps 2 | From £125 for 3 nights Readi-Tents | Sleeps 4 | From £210 for 3 nights


CS | 7 Units | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 6 | £670-£1255 PUPW

- “A cut above many other sites in Scilly.” Lonely Planet Guide 2011 - Dogs accepted by prior arrangement only

– 3 bedrooms - king, twin & bunks (max of 6 guests) – Wood burner, electricity & water supply in all tents – All linen & towels are provided (inc beach towels)

Our peaceful site is situated on the historic Garrison, with views across Porthcressa to Peninnis Head. The site has various size enclosures offering space, shelter and level pitches. Two toilet blocks, laundry, onsite shop, wifi and electric hook-ups provide an enjoyable and relaxing holiday base to explore these beautiful Islands. For hassle-free camping, we have a few fully equipped family tents available to rent.

Our custom designed safari tents are spacious & fully furnished with excellent kitchens, comfortable bedrooms & stylish shower rooms. This is Glamping at its very best with all your home comforts to hand! Come & enjoy the farm’s spectacular coastal backdrop & far reaching views, ideally located just minutes from Hugh Town, the harbour & stunning beaches. Whether it’s a romantic retreat or a family adventure - we have an excellent farm holiday experience to offer!

Ted & Barbara Moulson E. T. 01720 422670

Peninnis Farm, St. Mary’s E. T. 01720 421008 M. 07584 655470





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White Island

St. Martin’s

St Helen’s Tean Lower Town Old Grimsby

Hell Bay


New Grimsby

Ravens Porth

Higher Town

Lawrence’s Bay

Rushy Point

The Town

St Martin’s Bay

Par Beach

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Isles of Scilly 2016 Islands Guide  

A beautiful cluster of islands just off the coast of Cornwall, UK. A place like nowhere else in England.

Isles of Scilly 2016 Islands Guide  

A beautiful cluster of islands just off the coast of Cornwall, UK. A place like nowhere else in England.