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The Guide 2020

St. Mary’s Tresco St. Martin’s Bryher St. Agnes


Pentle Bay, Tresco

Nourishing for the soul By Sarah Beeny, Broadcaster & Entrepreneur

A Sarah Beeny is an English broadcaster, regular columnist and entrepreneur, best known for presenting UK property shows. Sarah is also a high profile campaigner for buildings at risk and has personally renovated Rise Hall, a 32-bedroomed Grade 2* listed hall in East Riding of Yorkshire. She is a keen supporter of Brain Tumour Research, Cardboard Citizens and various cancer charities.

fter a good few years spent talking about visiting the Isles of Scilly, I finally made it last Easter time. I brought my entire family and we travelled with friends too – so four adults and six youngsters and teenagers in total. It was worth the wait. In many ways, this archipelago belies the 21st Century as well as the rest of England… a heady mix of Famous Five adventure, a touch of wilderness, incredible natural beauty and a sprinkle of old school principles and you have the Isles of Scilly summed up. That, and the immense sense of community here, and of islanders pulling together. Mother Nature is still well and truly in charge and the matriarch appears to have no intention of releasing her grip on this luscious land. The islands boast eye-wateringly beautiful and extraordinary plants in abundance - with sheer cliffs and tiny inlets - plus incredible beaches and rich wildlife to match. Come rain or shine, and we had both in spades, Scilly holds a beautiful technicolor glow. We swam with seals, cycled on empty lanes, ate island-made ice cream and apple strudel, played chase on the sand. Real things matter here, and it’s delightful that so little of western life nonsense has made it to these shores. And I, for one, appreciated my slower beating pulse as the magical Isles of Scilly took a hold on my heart. I felt more in touch on Scilly with who I should be, and what I should be, than I have in years – it was good for the soul as well as being great fun. 1

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The Guide 2020

Seasonal Scilly What’s on Scilly in 2020

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ISLAND GUIDE St. Mary’s 12 Tresco 18 St. Martin’s 22 Bryher 26 St. Agnes 30 Tie the knot Scilly’s wonderful wildlife Beneath indigo seas Stargazing on Scilly Island family albums Get active on Scilly Scilly’s hidden history Walking story Escape from the city Time to learn; time to unwind Dine the isles

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PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY 73 Scilly’s gateways 75 Getting to Scilly 76 Island hopping 79 Accessible Scilly 79 Staying on Scilly 80 Accommodation 82 3

Seasonal Scilly Year round, the Isles of Scilly offers something for all. Enjoy some of the magical photos entered into our 2019 Photography Competition as we take you on a seasonal journey around the archipelago.


he Isles of Scilly lie 28 miles off Land’s End in Cornwall – precious, low lying, isolated gems protruding from the great Atlantic Ocean. In summer, bathed in warm sunshine and calm clear waters, in winter battered by storms and raging seas. Spring and autumn give rise to eerie coastal mist along the shipwrecking sea ledges. All year, heavenly hues and the darkest of night skies illuminate Scilly’s rich maritime history and outstanding natural beauty. An enchanting archipelago, like nowhere else in England. There are five inhabited islands, the largest just 6 square miles, and scores of uninhabited islets, all tiny and closely clustered. Home to 2,200 islanders and born ‘n’ bred Scillonians. St. Mary’s takes the lion’s share of the population - 1,800 in total; Tresco, St. Martin’s, Bryher and St. Agnes share the 400 others. visitislesofscilly.com


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arrives early on Scilly. From late February, warmer sunshine and birdsong return as the evenings begin to draw out. By March, the coconut scent of gorse fills the air, as do the arrival of Fulmars, Sandwich Terns, Willow Warblers, Sand Martins and Swallows. Visitors arrive for mini wellness retreats and the early mornings see sunrise yoga sessions, farmers out sowing their summer crops and fishermen once more taking to the sea. By April, the islands are in full swing. Walk Scilly and the Easter holidays get everyone out into the spring sunshine (and odd shower) to explore the coves, the lighthouses and the coastal paths - by bike, on foot or by boat. Time to rejuvenate and fill your lungs with sea fresh air. 5




on Scilly is immersed in crystal clear seas and warm cobalt blue skies with bright white sand beaches, colourful tripper boats and a brilliant light. Time to take to the water: island-hop to your heart’s content, swim the coves or between the islands, snorkel with seals, hire a kayak and take off for uninhabited shores. Go shrimping or beachcomb for cowrie shells. Fish for your supper or let the evening supper boats lead you to a lasting memory of dining on a tiny island as the sun dips below the horizon and the sky fills with red. Find a rock, sit and gaze. Low tide pop-up festivals in the channel between Tresco and Bryher; live music, outdoor theatre, pilot gig racing, and island fêtes. Enjoy dazzling unspoilt beaches perfect for impromptu picnics. The setting of the sun brings night skies like no other. Let the mighty moon and glittering stars guide you home. visitislesofscilly.com


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WINNER: AN ARTIST'S STUDIO  Kath Watson Winner of the 2019 Isles of Scilly Photo Competition with more than 1,000 votes.

SUNSET DECK  Chris Jones


on Scilly is a delight for foodies and wildlife-watchers everywhere. Hedgerows bursting with berries; shorelines filled with edible seaweeds and islands alive with local produce – a perfect time of the year to tuck into a Taste of Scilly. Wild Scilly in October serves up five days of walks to experience the islands top to toe. Coastal hikes, garden strolls, nature safaris. Watch for migrating birds making their annual pilgrimage; look out for seals and their pups that line the rocky coast. The islands brim with wildlife at this time of year. And then, a sense of calm. The end of autumn brings lingering sunshine and moody storms in equal measure. A time for reflection; the ebb and flow of the tides and the weather punctuating our seasons on Scilly. visitislesofscilly.com



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is mild with stormy seas, driving rain and blowing westerlies that roll in from the Atlantic, interspersed with dead calm seas and clear grey blue skies. Fishermen occasionally head out to sea and flower farmers brave the elements amongst the sheltered fields of white and gold scented narcissi to ensure a year-round economy for the islands. Islanders hunker down or quietly go about their errands, held up since the h e a dy s u m m e r s e a s o n . They walk, they sing, they explore lesser-known secret spots. They watch the everchanging weather and reap its rich rewards - enjoying the solitude of island life. Serene, isolated, peaceful. 9



1st–10th April A celebration of expertly guided walks across 10 days, this uber-friendly festival brings the islands’ history, heritage and hidden gems to life.

Guided walks


1st–3rd May

Feast on the seabed

LOW TIDE EVENTS 10th April, 8th May, 21st August, 20th September When the lunar forces combine with spring tides, the channel between Tresco and Bryher becomes dry enough to cross on foot. It also offers the most perfect excuse to host ultra-mini pop up festivals – with live music and local feasts. Look forward to four opportunities in 2020, starting on Good Friday 10th April, and bank holiday Friday, 8th May.

Some 150 men’s and women’s teams, plus veterans and superveterans from across the UK, Europe and beyond descend on Scilly to compete for the most coveted prize in pilot gig racing – and then party long into the final night!

CREATIVE SCILLY FESTIVAL 11th–20th May Indulge in 10 days of whimsy and intrigue. Creative Scilly is a carnival of culture and creativity across the islands incorporating visual art, literature, comedy and the spoken word.

Scilly shout

SCILLY FOLK FESTIVAL 21st–26th May A lively Whitsun weekend of live music and dance at which everyone is welcome to join in, so bring your instruments!


WILD SCILLY 1st–5th October

13th & 14th June An amazing spectacle with an incredible vibe, the Ötillö swimrun tests the best of elite and keen endurance athletes to the very edge of their limits as they run the islands and swim between them.

TASTE OF SCILLY 1st–30th September A delicious and distinctive celebration of the islands’ fare. September is a time to tuck in to an islandhopping supper safari, join a pop up cookery course and indulge in a Scillonian feast.

Sea swimming fun

SCILLY 360 SWIM RACE 12th September A swim race around St. Mary’s (about 15km) which can be entered solo or as a team relay across four stages. Sea swimming at its very best!

A beautiful way to experience autumn on Scilly. Join us for five days of wonderful walks and get to know Scilly’s incredible landscapes, autumnal hues and fantastic wildlife.

DARK SKIES WEEK 3rd–10th October The inaugural Scilly Dark Skies Week centres around our amazing, unpolluted dark skies and the new community observatory on St. Martin’s. Join us for twinkly stargazing nights, guest speakers, meteor showers and more.

Music in the garden

WHAT’S ONS EVERY WEEK There’s lots going on all season – from guided walks, tours and talks, live gigs and visiting theatre, to outdoor cinema, shark fishing experiences, fêtes, beachcombs, supper boats, rockpool roams and wildlife boating safaris. Keep up to date by picking up our weekly What’s Ons at our award-winning Tourist Information Centre, and follow us on social media @iosTIC. 11

2020 ISLAND GUIDE St. Mary’s


Peninnis Head, St. Mary's

ST. MARY’S An island of great walks, a fantastic history, Scillonian culture and heritage – and the largest in the archipelago. For many visitors to Scilly, St. Mary’s is the first glimpse of island life. It’s the largest island in the cluster, but still very small; the entire circumference is little more than 9 miles. Rush hour here is when people flock to the quay to catch the inter-island boats or wander through its (tiny) capital, Hugh Town, with its charming cluster of cafés, shops, galleries and a museum, bordered on both sides by shell-scattered beaches. Hugh Town, a mere hamlet by mainland standards, is also just a pebble’s throw from spectacular coastal walks and places rich in heritage and history to explore at an easy pace. This is a place where children can roam free, artists abound and nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts can truly appreciate the island’s outstanding natural beauty. Head to the top of Telegraph Hill, pause for breath at Peninnis Lighthouse, seek out the secret paths through the tranquil Carreg Dhu garden or discover the Bronze Age burial chamber at Bant’s Carn and the ancient settlement at Halangy Down. Gaze at the unusual ‘loaded camel’ rock on Porth Hellick. Feel the sand between your toes on Pelistry Bay, and clamber over to Toll’s Island at low tide for a real Swallows & Amazons adventure. Or tread the boards and explore the hides along the Lower and Higher Moors nature trails.




Enjoy a guided tour by minibus or private taxi for an entertaining introduction to St. Mary’s, or hire a bike or golf buggy. Or simply head off on foot! Stroll to the rocky outcrops and lighthouse at Peninnis Head, discover the ancient village at Halangy, or head to the Garrison Walls for a slice of English civil history.



Meander through artistic St. Mary’s and meet a wonderful mix of artists and crafters who work in a variety of media - from lino printing to stain glass, from oils to watercolours, and from sculptures to jewellery.



The sheltered coves and gentle summer waters are perfect for a spot of wild sea swimming, kayaking or sailing. On St. Mary’s, it’s also possible to go bouldering and coasteering off the high rocks into our cool, clear waters. 13

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The island’s rich maritime heritage is woven through the very fabric of the landscape. Take in panoramic views from the Garrison headland – once the frontline of England’s defences and admire the enchanting Star Castle that harks back to the 16th Century. Step over to Old Town for the sheer beauty and quiet of Old Town Bay, flanked on one side by a tiny medieval candlelit church. Look out for the unassuming and secluded grave of the former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson amidst the ancient Scillonian gravestones with the sea in the background, stretching endlessly out into the distance. And of course, savour our sparkling shell-studded beaches – long stretches covered with swathes of fine white sand and none of visitislesofscilly.com

them ever busy, even during the height of summer. Discover the hidden bays glinting with a rainbow of sea glass and the smoothed pieces of pottery from years gone by. Wherever you find yourself, you’ll never be too far from somewhere to try some delicious local produce at cafés and restaurants, many with equally impressive views. From islandreared duck to freshly-landed lobster, mackerel and crab; for an island so small, St. Mary’s is laden with tasty delights. After a potter along the beach for sea treasures or a wander along the nature trails, discover an array of local eateries serving fresh cakes, cream teas, lobster lunches and fresh crab. There’s even a gin distillery, microbrewery and vineyard to visit. Enjoy!

“The Paper Shop” (CJ Mumford)

Juliet’s Garden Restaurant & Bar

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.

Perfect seaside eating – homemade and imaginative dishes served inside or out on our terraces, enjoying unrivalled views of the sea, boats and harbour. Multi award winning, we are open daily and into the early evenings. Fabulous food, fabulous view.

01720 422438 cjmumfords@gmail.com

01720 422228 julietsgardenrestaurant.co.uk

On the Quay

Phoenix Craft Workshops

A stay in IOS wouldn’t be the same without a visit to ‘On the Quay’ restaurant, bar, café, and new for 2020 pop up shop. Relax in our harbour view restaurant, enjoy the sun drenched balcony or the convenience of our grab & go café. Check out our special events through the year. 01720 423525 onthequay.com info@onthequay.com

Take a 10-minute stroll to Porthmellon Business Park 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. 01720 422900 phoenixcrafts.co.uk

The Beach

Has two locations to try delicious Apfelstrudel. One “in town” behind the Steamship office serving coffee, cakes and a stunning view over the harbour and one “up country” for lazy lunches in a sunfilled garden.

The Beach is Scilly’s first and only beachside BBQ restaurant, specialising in local seafood and rare breed meats. Enjoy a cocktail in a relaxed and informal shabby-chic interior as well as a balcony overlooking Porthmellon Beach and across the sea to the islands beyond.

01720 422440 strudelonscilly.com

01720 419438 bookatable@scillybeach.com

Strudel on Scilly


2020 ISLAND GUIDE St. Mary’s



The original Schiller Shelter on Porthcressa was built and named after the German oceangoing liner SS Schiller that was wrecked off Scilly in 1875 with the loss of 335 lives. Islanders rescued 37 survivors and the German Government wanted to offer their gratitude to the islands.

For generations, primary children have celebrated the arrival of spring with a special May Day celebration – including maypole dances and the crowning of the May Queen. Islanders and visitors flock to the park in Hugh Town to watch this fairy tale tradition.

On summer evenings, watch local rowers race for glory in historic pilot gigs, some dating back to the 19th Century when they were used to navigate ocean-going ships into St. Mary’s harbour.

FINDING HARRY’S WALLS Located at the far end of Porthmellon Beach, Harry’s Walls are the remains of an unfinished artillery fort, started in 1551 by Edward VI’s government. The Garrison was soon chosen as the site of the island’s main fortress, leaving the walls unfinished.


THE SCENT OF SCILLY All around St. Mary’s you’ll find tiny sheltered fields of flowers or bulbs grown on a number of farms. Scented narcissi are exported far and wide across the UK from October to March.

SMALLEST FOOTBALL LEAGUE Scilly is home to the world’s smallest football league, comprising just two teams. The Woolpack Wanderers and Garrison Gunners play each other in league and cup matches every Sunday between October and May.

Matt Cardy, Getty images


The Mermaid Inn 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 harbour-side restaurant and bistro. Open every day for food and drink. The island’s number one watering hole. 01720 422701 mermaidscilly.co.uk

Holy Vale Vineyard & Winery

Pelistry Bay

Situated on St. Mary’s, Holy Vale is open (March to October) weekdays, 12:30 – 16:30 for tours, tastings, “The Story of Wine” exhibition, Cellar door shop and Robert’s lobster lunch. Lobster lunches and weekend or evening visits must be booked in advance, please call to book. 01720 422317 holyvalewines.co.uk

Star Castle Hotel Star Castle boasts two award winning restaurants: The Dining Room and The Conservatory. Menus feature locally caught seafood, offer up to four 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 star-castle.co.uk

Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust Love Scilly? Love Wildlife? Protect what is important to you – Scilly’s animals, plants and stunning natural beauty need your help. Support our local, independent, conservation charity to keep Scilly special for future generations. hello@ios-wildlifetrust.org.uk ios-wildlifetrust.org.uk 17

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2020 ISLAND GUIDE Tresco


Old Grimsby, Tresco

TRESCO A stylish island escape with a layer of luxury and a world-class garden.

Tresco is Scilly’s second largest island and best known for its amazing sub-tropical Tresco Abbey Garden, a botanical paradise planted amidst the ruins of a Benedictine priory. Its incredible 20,000 plant species have been collected from as far and wide as New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and South America, and many of them can’t survive anywhere else in the UK. Red squirrels were introduced to the garden in 2013 and now can be seen hopping between branches and wandering along the winding paths. It’s also home to the fascinating Valhalla museum – a collection of figureheads collated from shipwrecks around the islands. However, the gardens aren’t the only attraction with international acclaim. Tresco’s Pentle Bay and Appletree Bay jostle for attention amongst the world’s best beaches, scattered with cowrie shells and edged by gently lapping waves. The migratory birds that flock to Great Pool attract ornithologists from all over the globe... come spring and autumn, it’s worth lingering a while on one of the benches to take a breath of calm and quiet. The island is filled with heritage too: discover a Bronze-Age tomb on Tregarthen Hill, climb to the top of Cromwell’s Castle that guards the channel between Tresco and Bryher, and explore King Charles Castle and the Blockhouse Castle at Old Grimsby. A magnet for gastronomes, the island is famous for the quality of the beef reared on its farmland, served up alongside delicious island shellfish and local produce at the delightful Flying Boat, the Ruin Beach Café and the cosy New Inn.




Visiting Tresco Abbey Garden and the magnificent Valhalla Collection of figureheads is a must! Give yourself half a day to admire this amazing place – home to more than 20,000 awe-inspiring plants from around the world.



Venture north and discover Tresco’s wild side around the coast to Castle Down. Enjoy fantastic views of Round Island, Teän, St. Helen’s and Bryher. Explore the beautiful lichen flora and discover castle remains dating back to the English Civil War.



Spend a few hours unwinding at the Tresco Island Spa – perfect for a lazy day! Lounge by the indoor pool or in the Jacuzzi and steam room, work out in the gym, and treat yourself to a luxury therapy. 19

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One of Britain’s greatest story tellers, Sam Llewellyn was born on Tresco. Many of his books and poems have been set or influenced by his early life here, including Hell Bay. He also wrote the biography “Emperor Smith: The man who built Scilly”.

The Flying Boat at New Grimsby was once the site of RNAS Tresco. Sea planes would patrol the archipelago’s western approaches towards the end of the Great War, providing an escort for convoys and spotting U-boats.

HIDE AWAY Tresco has three bird hides which provide excellent spots to watch dunlins, plovers and ducks. Visit in spring and autumn to see migratory birds including razorbills, guillemots and cormorants.

LOW TIDE POP-UP EXPERIENCE Head for the sand bar in the channel between Tresco and Bryher during ultra-low spring tides for two hours of live music, gin and Prosecco bars, paella served off the back of a beached boat and island salt-beef baps! There are four events to tuck into in 2020. visitislesofscilly.com

BLOCK HOUSE FUN The Old Blockhouse is a fortification built in 1548 by the government of Edward VI to protect the islands against French and Spanish aggression. These days, its fantastic nooks and crannies serve as a top spot for family hide and seek!

BEYOND PIPER’S HOLE Piper’s Hole is a deep cavern reached only by scrambling down a cliff at the foot of Tregarthen’s Hill (to the north of Tresco). Once a famous smugglers’ haunt, the small entrance widens to reveal a fresh water pool and a small gravel beach.

Ruin Beach Café Perched above the white sands of Raven’s Porth, enjoy lunch on the sun terrace with hypnotic views towards Blockhouse Castle and the Eastern Isles. The Mediterraneaninspired menu features sharing platters, wood fired pizza and indulgent pasta dishes – best sampled with a cocktail. 01720 424849 tresco.co.uk/eatingontresco

New Inn

Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco’s welcoming local pub, soak up the atmosphere in the Driftwood Bar and feast on classics such as fish & chips, Tresco burger and catch of the day, or stop off for local Troytown Farm ice cream and a pint in the sunny beer garden. 01720 423006 tresco.co.uk/eatingontresco

Tresco Island Spa The perfect destination for those looking to truly unwind. Our beautifully appointed Spa features an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and fully equipped gym. Friendly therapists are on hand to talk through our range of ilā treatments, from a simple pedicure to a marine flora body wrap. Day passes available. 01720 424075 tresco.co.uk/spa 21

2019 ISLAND GUIDE St. Martin’s


Lower Town, St. Martin's

ST. MARTIN’S An island paradise with miles of white sand beaches and marram-topped dunes. Saunter along the sandy expanse of Lawrence’s Bay, enjoy a jaunt around the vineyard, unpack a picnic on Bread and Cheese Cove or launch into the iridescent seas lapping Par Beach. St. Martin’s is edged in some of the best beaches in the UK, if not the world. With endless stretches of powder-fine sand, clusters of cowrie shells and clear shimmering bays, why not while away a perfect day on this paradise island? Beyond beach life awaits a spectacular coastal path where nature abounds, unwinding through wild flowers, heather and gorse scenting the air. Climb to the iconic Daymark atop Chapel Down and you’ll not only discover a scattering of ancient burial sites but you’ll also be rewarded with sightings of Guillemots, Kestrels, and Peregrines that play in the updrafts, as well as views across to the seal colonies that inhabit the Eastern Isles. And at night, behold the unpolluted dark skies and shimmering stars from the fantastic community observatory. Nowhere is better placed than Scilly for stargazing, boasting five dark sky sites in all - with St. Martin’s and its budding astronomy group leading the way. Its 130 residents are an enterprising bunch – you’ll find them tending flowers and grapevines, panning salt, snorkelling with seals, painting the landscape and creating beautiful jewellery. And once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Seven Stones Inn for some hearty island fare, Polreath Café for a cracking cream tea, treat yourself to lunch on the beach at Karma St. Martin’s, or fill your picnic basket with delicious delights from the Island Bakery.




Head to the Community Observatory behind the Island Hall, by day or (even better) at night. Discover the wonders of Scilly’s unpolluted dark skies and the amazing opportunities for stargazing and space exploration from one of the two resident telescopes.



Make time to discover St. Martin’s lesser known spots, on foot or by kayak, particularly along the coast that follows Great Bay from Wine Cove to Scilly Point and beyond. Enjoy the solitude and the expanse of beauty and wildlife around you.



Experience an amazing opportunity to snorkel with Atlantic grey seals in their natural habitat around the Eastern Isles. Although wild, these playful creatures are incredibly curious for a close-up encounter. 23

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THE SPIRIT OF ST. MARTIN’S TALE OF CHAPEL STONE Chapel Stone, known locally as “Billy Idol”, is located by an entrance grave on Chapel Down. This ancient stone was initially discovered in the 1940s being used in a field wall. Lost again, it was rediscovered just 30 years ago, following a bracken fire on the island.


SHIPWRECK REEF St. Martin’s only pub, The Seven Stones Inn is named after the Seven Stones reef, about seven miles from Scilly. It’s been responsible for some 200 shipwrecks, the most famous being the oil tanker, Torrey Canyon in March 1967.


Come autumn, head down to Great Bay and discover samphire and other riches to be found in the rock pools and along the coastline. Journey inland and you’ll also discover a wealth of fruits and edible spices too.

Scilly’s flower industry is second only to tourism. Churchtown Farm is a busy yearround business on St. Martin’s, where Scented Pinks are grown throughout the summer and Scented Narcissi thrive in the frost-free winters.



Although the blocked-up entrance to the Daymark notes the date 1637, this remarkable navigation aid was actually built in 1683. Initially painted white until 1822, by 1833 it was red. Finally, the colour scheme was settled: bands of red and white.

Uninhabited White Island lies off the northwest coast of St. Martin’s, to which is it joined by a tidal causeway. Scramble across at low tide to see a number of Bronze Age entrance caves and several cairns.


Seven Stones Inn

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Fay Page – Jewellery Workshop Beautiful gold and silver jewellery inspired by our island home and handcrafted in our workshop by the sea. Open all year and available online. Mon – Fri, April to Oct; Mon – Thurs, Nov to March. faypage.co.uk

Karma St. Martin’s 4* luxurious hotel Karma St. Martin’s features a prime waterfront location with panoramic views across white sand beaches. 30 Ocean View bedrooms & suites. Dog & child friendly. Open daily to non-residents for breakfast, lunch, snacks & dinner. 01720 422368 reception@ karmastmartins.com

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 scillyflowers.co.uk

The Island Bakery 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 made using the finest local and Cornish ingredients. 01720 422111 theislandbakery-stmartins.co.uk Daymark, Chapel Down


2020 ISLAND GUIDE Bryher

BRYHER Shear, rugged cliffs that face the vast Atlantic contrast with sheltered, glassy coves: this is the beauty of Bryher. Small on form but big on inspiration, Bryher offers plenty of charm for many a visitor to this tiny island - just one and a half miles long by half a mile wide. Countless island artists and creative types have committed the scenery to canvas and clay, while Michael Morpurgo, Kate Rhodes and Sam Llewellyn are amongst the authors who’ve penned Bryher into their novels. Indeed, Bryher is the location for the film When the Whales Came, filmed on the island back in 1988. Yet you don’t have to be a creative type for this petite island of contrasts to captivate your senses. Take a walk on the wild side and stormwatch atop the granite stacks of Shipman Head – next stop America. Or experience the serenity on the southern shore with its shell-strewn beaches lapped by turquoise waters. It’s easy to circumnavigate the entire coastline via Bryher’s seven hills – none of which rises above 150 feet – in a matter of hours. Immerse yourself in a chic coastal lifestyle at the award-winning Hell Bay Hotel, book into one of the wonderful self-catering cottages or indulge in the more elemental pleasures with a few nights under the stars at the island’s pristine campsite. Enjoy too an abundance of island produce. Indulge in Island Fish’s signature paella, tuck into some Tatty cake from Bryher Shop, or treat yourself to some delicious Veronica Farm fudge and Crab Shack delights. visitislesofscilly.com




While away a few hours on a kayak, dinghy or paddleboard in the sheltered sand flats around Green Bay. Stop in the shallows to enjoy some shrimping or starfish spotting.



Walk on the wild side of Bryher towards Shipman Head on the north and western flanks. Feel the coastal path and rocks below tremble under thunderous waves that undercut the real Hell Bay.



Tuck in to Bryher’s culinary delights. From fabulous local crabs, delicious tatty cakes, strawberries to die for, lobster dogs and piping hot paella, Bryher is the island for celebrating all things foodie!

Green Bay, Bryher


2020 ISLAND GUIDE Bryher


Hell Bay

THE SPIRIT OF BRYHER MORPURGO’S PASSION Celebrated author Michael Morpurgo loves Scilly and, in particular, Bryher. Many of his books are set here, including “Why the Whales Came” which was immortalised in a film shot on the island. In 2019, he wrote a special “Walking Story” for Bryher, called “Half a Man”.

GREAT POOL Between Hell Bay Hotel and Gweal Hill you’ll spot Great Pool, formed by people digging for peat. A leat was cut into it to ensure a regular influx of fresh seawater and to prevent it from turning into a stagnant swamp.



Old world charm is abundant on Scilly, nowhere more so on Bryher with its old red public telephone box. Only now, it’s a pop-up mini museum! Purchased by Bryher’s Community Association in 2017 for £1, each year the telephone box houses a different Bryher-themed exhibition.

There hasn’t been a school on Bryher since 1971 – the site is now the island’s Community Centre. Instead, Bryher’s younger school children travel by boat every weekday to and from the primary school base on Tresco.

TIMMY’S LOOKOUT Timmy’s Hill was once an excellent vantage point for approaching ships that required local assistance in navigating the dangerous waters. Look out for the remains of the unroofed shelter and curving wall of boulders at Scilly’s oldest (purpose-built) pilot lookout.

SEVEN HILLS Bryher derives its name from the Cornish word Breyer, meaning “place of hills”. This is no mountain range, however… although Bryher boasts seven hills, none is higher than 42 metres. Great Pool

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2020 ISLAND GUIDE St. Agnes


St. Agnes from The Cove

ST. AGNES A wild little isle, strewn with Bronze Age burial sites and barren heathland. Step onto St. Agnes where beauty and isolation are behind the independent spirit of this wild, windswept island. Every turn brings a different perspective – you’ll find stunning coves and contemporary cuisine juxtaposed with ancient field systems remains, a stone snow man and recycled sculptures! St. Agnes is the only inhabited isle to be separated from the rest of Scilly’s islands by a deep-water channel. And it is connected to the diminutive island of Gugh by a sand bar that is accessible only at low tide. Amble barefoot across ‘The Bar’ before the tide floods in and for a few hours you’ll be castaway on Gugh with only wildlife, Obadiah’s Barrow and the nine-foot-tall ‘Old Man’ standing stone for company. Beyond the shores of St. Agnes lies nothing but shipwrecks, seabird colonies, rugged islets and a 3,000 mile expanse of Atlantic Ocean. Indeed, St. Agnes was the scene of one of the worst shipping disasters ever – when four Royal Navy warships including HMS Association were shipwrecked after striking the Western Rocks on 22nd October 1707. Many of the 1,550 men lost at sea that howling night are said to be buried on the cricket field at St. Agnes Green. A magnet for wildlife, St. Agnes is also the location where Storm Petrels and Manx Shearwater chicks have started to breed again for the first time on Scilly in living memory, thanks to the highly successful Seabird Recovery Project Inspired by the magical landscapes and sea, St. Agnes is also home to galleries, musicians and artists.




Visit the St. Agnes Island Hall, the building itself an object of architectural beauty and within it a number of studios hosting talented artists, musicians and crafters. There are often workshops hosted too, if you fancy getting involved.



Take yourself on a hike to enjoy the natural wildlife – Gugh is an excellent starting point to see Gulls, Shearwater burrows and Oystercatchers, or book onto a Wildlife Boat Safari to enjoy a special afternoon out with the Wildlife Trust.



Work up an appetite on an island walk and go enjoy Westward Farm gin infused with islandgrown botanicals; icecream and delicious dairy produce from the Jersey herd at Troytown Farm; and local produce served up in the local cafés. 31

2020 ISLAND GUIDE St. Agnes



St. Warna, the patron saint of shipwrecks, arrived on Scilly from Ireland, living by St. Warna’s Well. Locals threw pins into the well, making a wish to either steer ships away from treacherous rocks or onto them so that the booty could be plundered.

Of the islands’ 85 residents, eight are “Mrs Hicks” – quite a challenge for the local post office, also run by a Mrs Hicks! Dating back some 500 years, the name is prominent on St. Mary’s too. However, the families are said to be unrelated.



Of all the beaches on St. Agnes, Periglis is a shell collector’s dream. Beachcomb the coarse sandy crescent boasts and soak up the breath-taking views to Annet, the Western Rocks and Bishop Rock Lighthouse.

The unmistakable tower of the now decommissioned lighthouse on St. Agnes stands tall and proud. Built in 1680, it is now a private home, but for nearly 230 years, it kept watch over the Western Isles' approaches.



This Neolithic Age grave on Gugh is named after a local farmer, Obadiah Hicks; its entrance aligned to where the mid-winter solstice rises. A 1901 excavation unearthed parts of a male skeleton, cremated ashes and twelve inverted urns.

Step inside the tiny church on St. Agnes and come face to face with a remarkable stainedglass window. Created by local artist, Oriel Hicks, it honours all the brave Scillonians who selflessly put out to sea to help others in danger.



The Quay

Troytown Farm


CELEBRATE ESSENTIALS There are six Anglican churches across Scilly, including one on each “off island”. Contact the Scilly Chaplain, Perran Gay on 01720 423911 or email scillychaplain@ perrangay.com. There is also a Methodist and Catholic Church, the Register Office right on Porthcressa Beach, St. Mary's and a host of licensed venues.

Chris Hall Photography I work professionally in many areas of photography and specialise in creating beautiful, contemporary images for any occasion and for press and PR. See examples of my work and contact me via my website and Facebook pages. Reduced rates for islanders’ weddings. 07748 404751 chrishallphotographyuk.com

Celebrate on Scilly St. Mary’s Your first port of call for weddings, civil partnerships, renewal of vows, and naming ceremonies is the Registration Service. Contact us for information about the legal preliminaries to civil ceremonies, venues, and much more. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. 01720 424501 registration@scilly.gov.uk scilly.gov.uk/ ceremonies-registration visitislesofscilly.com

Tie the knot on Scilly


ith a backdrop so relaxed and beautiful, it’s easy to understand why Scilly is a magnet for special occasions. The tiny islands, white sand beaches and shimmering azure waters couldn’t be a more perfect setting for anyone looking to get married, considering a civil or naming ceremony or planning to celebrate a particular anniversary. Absolutely everything can be organised for you on the islands in a laid-back, relaxed, bare-foot kind of way - from licensed venues and enchanting churches, to florists, caterers, jewellers, hair and make-up specialists, photographers and cake makers. So if you’re preparing to tie the knot, or hosting a special event, come and do it the Scilly way. visitislesofscilly.com/gettingmarried

 Natalie & Richard Burns at Porthloo beach by Lizzie Churchill lizziechurchill.com

SCILLY’S WONDERFUL WILDLIFE BIRDS IN PARADISE Spring and autumn are lovely times of the year to experience the exceptional wildlife on our islands, be it the arrival of migrating birds which augment our abundant feathered residents, or discovering our important colony of breeding Atlantic grey seals in their natural habitats. visitislesofscilly.com

The Isles of Scilly are famous for their birdlife. Author and leading resident ornithologist, Will Wagstaff, tells us what you can expect to see and when best to come.


early 450 different species of bird have been known to have graced these islands, including many great rarities. Indeed, the Isles of Scilly are probably the best place in the country to look for that unexpected vagrant. So whether you’re interested in watching some of our more common species going about their business or seeking out the next rare migrant, there are always some fantastic birds to look at throughout the year on Scilly. Breeding species such as Song Thrush and House Sparrow that are less common on the mainland are abundant here on Scilly. And quite bold too!

Out to sea and around the islands, Puffins along with Razorbills and Guillemots are present from late March to late July with nationally important numbers of Manx Shearwaters and Storm Petrels also breeding here. As the majority of birds seen on the islands are migrants, they can turn up almost anywhere irrespective of habitat. Some will only stop on Scilly for a few hours, others for weeks as they feed up ready to move on. Spring migration begins in March and continues through until early June with Swallows, Wheatears and various Warblers all making a welcome appearance, along with the occasional scarce species such as Hoopoe and Woodchat Shrike. These spring migrants, although fewer in number, tend to be in their breeding plumage and, hopefully, in song. Conversely in autumn, we hear very little birdsong. However, greater numbers of birds are seen in the autumn due to the presence of the immatures along with the returning adults. Some early return migrants will head south in late July but the main movement of migrants starts in mid-August, carrying on until early November. October is our most popular month for looking for rare birds - it’s the time we expect most to blow our way - but they can turn up in any month. If the wind is from the west from mid-August, there’s always the chance of an American vagrant such as Pectoral or Buff-breasted Sandpipers or an extreme vagrant such as a Red-eyed Vireo. An easterly wind will bring greater numbers of birds from the continent including scarce species such as Wryneck, Red-backed Shrike or Lapland Bunting and the occasional ‘mega’ such as a White’s Thrush.

Squacco Heron Stonechat

Pec Sand Oystercatcher

Song Thrush

House Sparrow

GET INVOLVED The Isles of Scilly Bird Group (scilly-birding.co.uk) is very active and posts daily logs of sightings as well as a comprehensive list of species to be found on Scilly. During October, there’s also a nightly log call and a regularly updated ‘Bird News’ board on St. Mary’s. And during the summer months you can join Will on one of his Island Wildlife Tours. 



INQUISITIVE SEALS On Scilly, you can visit some of the most confiding grey seals in the UK says University of Nottingham seal expert Dr Rob Lambert.


Curious seals


Taking to the water SWIM WITH SEALS Spend some time in the company of seal expert Anna Browne and Scilly Seal Snorkelling on St. Martin’s. A magical close-up encounter with local wildlife that will prove unforgettable. Your very own Blue Planet experience. visitislesofscilly.com

For boat-based sealwatching, join daily trips in season with St. Mary’s Boatmen’s Association to the Eastern Isles or Western Rocks. You can also head out on the smaller Endeavour fast RIB or the Sea Quest glass bottomed boat. The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust team runs sea safaris with St. Agnes Boating on Wednesday afternoons in high season.

he Atlantic grey seal (‘the hook-nosed sea pig’) is Britain’s largest land breeding mammal and was first protected by Parliament in 1914. Males can grow to 350kgs in weight, females to 250kgs. They can live for 35 years. The population of grey seals on Scilly is part of a wider mobile Celtic Sea population ranging as far as Wales, Cornwall and Brittany. Numbers vary seasonally on Scilly, from a low of around 260 animals in high summer, peaking at 750 in the winter months when young animals come into the archipelago looking for love and sheltering from storms. If you fly into the islands over the Eastern Isles and gaze down at East Porth beach on Great Ganilly, some will always be lounging there. Or better still, go out on a seal-watching boat trip to the seal strongholds of the Western Rocks or the Eastern Isles. If you’re looking for an intimate encounter with raw nature on the wild Atlantic edge, then you can swim or snorkel with seals off St. Martin’s. They’re inquisitive creatures, who are just as likely to check you out as you are them. Around 80 gorgeous white-coated pups are born in Scilly each year during the autumn. Holiday makers can contribute by counting the seals, as citizen scientists, and reporting figures back to the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust. So not only can you join in the fun of seeing these adorable creatures, you’ll be helping the animals at the same time. The wonderful grey seals of Scilly, naturally curious and engaging, speak to us all about our international responsibilities to protect and cherish marine environments for future generations.

A PLEDGE TO Keep Scilly Special A message from the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust.

Our Islands are a haven for both wildlife and people. Help Scilly to remain that way so that we can continue to offer a sanctuary in the modern world… RESPECT THE ISLANDS A number of areas and smaller islands are closed, seasonally or year round, for breeding seabirds, pupping Atlantic grey seals, or just to give nature space to thrive without human disturbance. Please respect the restrictions in place.

LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS Wild camping is not permitted in Scilly; please don’t have bonfires or barbecues on uninhabited islands either. Always clear up, take your rubbish with you, and NEVER use our archaeology as a base.

KEEP IT CLEAN Please consider a beach clean whilst you’re here. If you beachcomb for shells, please leave the tenanted ones be.

HELP REDUCE WASTE Bring your own reusable water bottles and keep cups; make use of Refill Scilly and discounts at some shops when using reusable cups. For more information and to support this amazing Island charity with a donation visit  ios-wildlifetrust.org.uk


BENEATH INDIGO SEAS By Piers Lewin Deep indigo seas refract the past; Prisms of inky stories split To a point of origin The wide water spreads Like chromatography over the sand flats And divides the world into islands Light sings in columns Through deep indigo seas Brings to the surface brief echoe Of cultures curled up in silica Music is hidden in the strata (Like the sound a fossil makes) To articulate these ancient bones We shuffle fragments of sonar on the page‌ Like a skull, the present is carbon dated; Our DNA joined up‌ Thus, the past is mapped into life Beneath deep indigo seas.


BEHIND THE CAMERA: SHOOTING STAR OVER GREAT GANILLY ď‚ƒ The Eastern Isles from Par Beach, St. Martin’s by Bruce Frank

A very clear, still and moonless night had drawn me to Par Beach. I walked half its length then set the tripod down and pointed the camera towards Ragged Island, where the Milky Way touched down and the stars were at their thickest. I fired off a large number of 20 second exposures, happy to gaze around the universe as I counted each one down. On flicking through them afterwards, I found this one had caught a shooting star above Great Ganilly. The bright star right of centre and reflecting in the waters off Par Beach is Sirius.


STARGAZING ON SCILLY Our tiny archipelago is blessed with truly dark and unpolluted skies, making it the perfect destination for stargazing. Charlie Payne from the Community Observatory on St. Martin’s tells us what we can look out for on Scilly.


hether you’re a beginner or aficionado, when it comes to astronomy, gazing at the stars, planets, galaxies and other objects in the night sky is a truly amazing sight – and nowhere more so than on Scilly. With no light pollution, the Isles of Scilly enjoy pristine night skies. On a clear night, the sheer number of stars is breath-taking; for many visitors, seeing the Milky Way arc across the sky is an unforgettable experience. Crucially, as islands, being surrounded by large stretches of water, stargazers on Scilly benefit from fantastic sightlines. Our long, low horizons mean you have the chance to see objects – particularly the planets – that you would miss in a built up area with tall trees or buildings. With the shorter days, autumn, winter and early spring offer the promise of an earlier glimpse of the heavens. For many, September marks the start of the annual stargazing season. October half term is an excellent opportunity for stargazing with lots to see and skies darkening by 8pm. Ideally, you need the sky to be truly dark and your eyes adjusted so the best time for stargazing is an hour and a half after sunset. Leave your mobile phones in your pockets (or on night mode) and if you need a torch, only »

Night watch THE COMMUNITY OBSERVATORY ON ST. MARTIN’S The Community Observatory on St. Martin’s opened in April 2019, the result of more than three years of fundraising by a group of local amateur astronomers. This island observatory is one of the most remote and certainly the furthest south west in the UK. The Observatory has two observation domes, one housing a 14-inch Meade telescope suitable for deep sky viewing; the other, a versatile 5-inch Altair telescope ideal for viewing the planets, sits alongside a solar telescope which is used for observing the Sun during the day. The observatory has a well-equipped warm room that includes computer equipment for astro-imaging.


A GUIDE TO SCILLY'S NIGHT SKY BEST SPOTS TO STARGAZE We’re spoilt for choice across all the islands, but here’s our top 3 picks:

use one with a red light setting. And unless the Moon is your target for viewing, you also might want to avoid the days around a full Moon, as its brightness can drown out all but the most prominent stars and planets. There’s so much up in the night sky that it can be daunting to know where to start looking. Use a star map to orientate yourself with the night sky and start by finding one Constellation you will remember, such as the plough. There are several brilliant mobile apps available too (Star Walk 2 or Sky Map) which use your location to tell you exactly what’s in the sky at any given moment. (Use on red light mode!) The excellent and free programme, Stellarium, for computer is a must for budding astronomers. You only need your naked eyes to stargaze, but adding a bit of magnification can really enhance your experience. A pair of binoculars is great for looking at the Moon or at stars within Constellations. Especially for younger stargazers, the chance to look at a planet such as Saturn or Jupiter through a powerful telescope adds a real ‘wow’ factor. And once you start, just keep going! The more you stargaze, the more you’ll be able to identify. The sky changes throughout the seasons so you’ve always got something to set your sights on. visitislesofscilly.com


Powerful telescope



Escape the lights of Hugh Town and head to Peninnis for stunning, totally dark views to the south and west. The Garrison offers a good, dark alternative if you’d rather stay closer to town.


Join the COSMOS team for regular stargazing sessions, informative talks and the chance to look through one of their powerful telescopes. On your own, Par Beach is a fantastic spot to lie back and stargaze above the Eastern Isles.

Young star spotters


Starry night


The highest spot on Bryher, the climb up rewards you with superb 360 degree views of Scilly’s horizons and swathes of starry skies.





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14th July

A partial eclipse of the Moon as it passes through part of the Earth’s shadow.

A nearly New Moon promises dark skies to spot meteors with bright, distinctive dust trails.

Giant Jupiter is at its brightest; the best time to view it and its many moons.

This is the optimum time to view stunning ringed planet Saturn through a telescope – a must!





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13th October

21-22nd October

13-14th December

One of the best meteor showers to watch with up to 60 bright, long-tailed meteors an hour.

The red planet Mars is at its closest to the Earth and will be visible all night long.

A waxing crescent Moon promises dark skies for a good show at this time of year.

Perhaps the best night time show of the year with up to 120 multicoloured meteors an hour.




Waxing crescent

Waxing quarter

Waxing gibbous


Waning gibbous

Waning quarter

Waning crescent







The Plough is a very recognisable shape. Being close to the north pole of the sky, it's always visible.

Polaris (North Star or Pole Star) is famous for holding nearly still in our sky while the entire northern sky moves around it.

The Milky Way is our barred spiral galaxy estimated to contain 100–400 billion stars and more than 100 billion planets.

Lyra is a small Constellation whose star Vega is one of the brightest stars in the night sky.



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There are extended families who return to Scilly for their holidays year after year after year – establishing life-long traditions going back generations. Meet two families who have made Scilly their annual summer pilgrimage. Creating special memories: the Brookes’ children now bring their own children.


Generations of the Brookes family have been visiting Scilly for 57 years.





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aroline Brookes is 69. She first came to Scilly as a 12-year old with her parents back in 1962. This year, she’s here with three children, the in-laws and four grandchildren. “The memories of holidays past keep drawing us back; there’s something indescribably special about Scilly. The children can have their independence and we can all go off and do our own thing, then come back together to Men a Vaur house on St. Mary’s later in the day,” she says. “There’s always something which takes us back to the simple pleasures in life. The islanders are so friendly, it’s a place just made for families. “We all find something special in each of the islands we visit… the children love St. Mary’s for the family cricket matches, and building creations on the beach out of stones and sand, and creating a pop up ‘shop’ with seaweed and shells. I find new things every time I visit Scilly and my daughter, Roseanne adores visiting Tresco each year. The grandchildren meanwhile love a spot of quay jumping on St. Martin’s, catching crabs, shrimp and sand eels, and finding starfish.” 47


The Ellen’s have stayed at Bryher Campsite every year for 32 years.



ill and Keith Ellen first came to Scilly in 1987. Since then, they've opted to camp on Bryher with their family every year. “We were on holiday in Cornwall looking across Penzance harbour over breakfast one morning, and saw the Scillonian and decided to hop aboard for a bit of an adventure! “We love the fact that the islands haven’t changed in all those years, and that as soon as you’re here, you switch off. We hire a boat every year and take ourselves off to empty beaches. The smell of the sea, the weather, the walks, the darkest of skies… “Our children are musicians and as teenagers would tour the islands playing gigs. They’d be roped into football and cricket matches with the islanders, too. The freedom for children to do their own thing… it’s incredible. Now the grandchildren are getting a taste – playing on the beaches, searching for treasures, catching crabs. And it’s lovely that old fashioned values continue, like the honesty boxes and creating art from your environment, and the fact that everyone says hello. The islands have a truly special place in all our hearts.” visitislesofscilly.com




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Early memories of loading the luggage containers!

Simple pleasures like boating and beachcombing bring the family together.


GET ACTIVE ON SCILLY There are plenty of ways to get out and about and enjoy Scilly. Here are a few ideas to get active and make the most of the stunning surroundings.



ith little traffic and plenty of off-road tracks, empty beaches and shallow waters, riding out on St. Mary’s is unbridled joy. The best place to ride – and the only island to have a fully licensed riding establishment – is St. Mary’s. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or first time novice, there’s a wellmannered horse just waiting to take you out. Hack through woods, take the horses along the coastal paths, canter the sands, paddle into the sea and soak up the breath-taking panoramic views.


ST. MARY’S RIDING CENTRE Book a riding lesson or island trek for all the family – a wonderful way to while away a couple of hours and experience a different side of St. Mary’s.

HIRING KIT Every inhabited island provides opportunities to hire kayaks, sailing dinghies, SUPs, fishing kit and more. Snorkelling with seals is based on St. Martin’s; coasteering on St. Mary’s. Check out options online at visitislesofscilly.com/ experience



hether you’re an openwa t e r a d r e n a l i n e seeker or a beginner who wants to master a skill in a sheltered bay, Scilly is the perfect place to try your hand at all manner of waterbased activities. Scilly is one of the finest places in the UK to spend time in and on the water. Dive the deep, snorkel with seals, coasteer our rugged coastlines, go fishing, take a guided sea swim, muck about in a dinghy, kayak or on a SUP, or have a go at Scilly’s greatest sport - pilot gig rowing. In no time, you’ll soon discover a very special Scilly that will set you up for an unforgettable experience.

SAFE SWIMMING If you’re new to sea swimming on Scilly, we recommend you join the local group of sea swimmers for your first foray, or stay close to the shore. Adventure Scilly also offers guided swims.

UNINHABITED ADVENTURES Kayaking offers the perfect opportunity to discover distant coves, and uninhabited islands at your leisure. Pack a lunch, check the tides and sea conditions, and set off on a mini quest.

SCILLY 360 SEA SWIM If you fancy a challenge, join the Scilly 36O Swim Race around St. Mary’s in September. Enter solo or as a team relay. 51




he Isles of Scilly is an archipelago that's perfect for exploring on foot. Unspoilt, untouched and truly peaceful, you can enjoy the spectacular coastal paths, nature trails, fields of flowers and top-to-toe island walks year round. Thereʼs nothing better than pulling on a pair of walking shoes, grabbing your rucksack and putting your best feet forward on the Isles of Scilly. Truly amazing views wherever you look, swathes of wonderful flora and fauna, uninhabited islands largely untouched and historic remnants to explore. Plus myriad birds and sealife, endless empty beaches to stroll, elm woods, nature reserves, and rolling Atlantic waves to watch on the exposed western shores. visitislesofscilly.com

Expert resident walking guides, naturalists and ornithologists offer guided walks across all Scilly’s islands throughout the season – a brilliant opportunity to appreciate island life at its finest.

WALK SCILLY & WILD SCILLY Make new friends and discover Scilly top to toe at our Walk Scilly festivals, guided by islanders for an authentic experience. The main event takes place 1st – 10th April, while Wild Scilly (previously Walk Scilly Weekend) takes place 1st – 5th October.

UNINHABITED HISTORY There are many opportunities to walk the larger uninhabited islands – Samson, Teän, St. Helen's – with the Community Archaeology Group, the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and with resident walking guides.

Carn Morval Point




W St. Martin's Head

ith cycle-friendly roads, and little traffic to worry about, cycling is a great way to see more of the islands. You can hire bikes of all shapes and sizes on both St. Mary’s and Tresco, or bring your own on the Scillonian passenger ferry. Discover unbeaten tracks, nature trails and pathways that’ll take you to unchartered island territory and the most spectacular of island views. And you never need worry about parking up your unlocked bike for a quick pit stop. You’ll find almost as many bikes as residents on Scilly – everyone cycles!

Camel Rock, Porth Hellick

You can hire bikes of all shapes and sizes on St. Mary’s and Tresco, including electric bikes, tandems, trailers and tagalongs. Get out for a great family adventure.

DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR Bikes on St. Mary’s can be delivered to your door, where you’re staying, or down to the Quay if you’re arriving on the Scillonian. Enquire about your options when booking with St. Mary’s Bike Hire.

OFF-ROADING Off-roading is part of the fun when cycling on Scilly. There are no formal cycle routes so take care when cycling off-road – keep an eye out for walkers as well as the wildlife.


Scilly’s Hidden History Island archaeologist, Dr Katharine Sawyer, unveils Scilly’s fascinating pre-historic past, dating back some 8,000 years.



cilly was first inhabited by hunter gatherers a few thousand years ago – 6,000BC to be a little more precise. Back then it was a seasonal affair, with Mesolithic occupants enjoying the warmer climate during the summer months as well as a lack of predators. Indeed, spared from wolves and bears that were prevalent on the mainland and across northern Europe, they introduced deer and wild pigs to Scilly and released them on the land. These bred on the islands, thus providing - alongside bountiful fish and seals - a living larder on which to feast. Fast forward to 2,000BC and we find evidence across the islands that Scilly was supporting a permanent population at this time. This was the Bronze Age, a time when Scilly sprang to life with an explosion of burial chambers and other monuments. Why? Because like a lot of the islands around what is now the UK, it was seen as a safe haven where children and livestock could roam safely. Neolithic inhabitants moved freely between Cornwall and

Burial chamber

Bant's Carn, St. Mary's

Scilly but increasingly settled into villages on Scilly’s larger land mass… back then, of course, the islands - with the exception of St. Agnes and Gugh - were one, albeit intertidal, island with an estimated population of between 200 and 300 people. The best examples of Bronze Age occupation can be found on St. Mary’s – the burial chambers at Porth Hellick, Bant’s Carn and EARLY FARMING

View from Halangy

Early forms of farming on Scilly in the Iron Age include early types of peas, beans and cereals, as well as domesticated cattle, sheep and pigs. These food sources supplemented wild foraged foods and fish. Even Great Auk bones have been discovered at Halangy Village. Dogs were domesticated later.



There are 238 Scheduled Ancient Monuments, as designated by Historic England. This is the greatest concentration of monuments anywhere in the UK, containing over 900 individual examples - from prehistoric ritual and burial monuments, field systems and houses to cist grave cemeteries and Romano-British settlements and shrines.

For her PhD, Katharine studied Scilly’s Bronze Age Burial Chambers and wrote a book entitled The Isles of the Dead?. This investigates why there are so many burial sites on Scilly and if bodies were brought to Scilly from elsewhere specifically to be cremated on the islands.

Innisidgen – although there are a number of splendid examples on Samson and Gugh. On Nornour, there is evidence of stone huts with hearths and sleeping platforms. Elsewhere, there are Bronze Age field boundaries, both on dry land and in the inter-tidal zone. There is no evidence for Roman occupation of Scilly, but the Romano British period (from 43AD to around 400AD) is still one of considerable importance for the islands. It is thought that traders travelling between France and continental Europe to the UK mainland would come and seek shelter in the channel between Nornour and St. Martin’s. Much of the archipelago was still one land mass at the time, and this location would have offered the first safe anchorage. Evidence suggests that the settlement on Nornour had been abandoned previously but the Romans left offerings such as brooches at a shrine there. Whatever the explanation, Nornour represents the most iconic archaeological site of anywhere on Scilly. 55


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The Bryher Sword, described as one of the most important ancient finds in the British Isles, was discovered at Hillside Farm in 1999 by chance by the local farmer Paul Jenkins. The stone-lined burial chamber on the island of Bryher also contained a bronze mirror. When found, the sword was still in its bronze scabbard, decorated with tiny iron rings that were still clearly visible.


On St. Agnes you can find the fragmented remains of a prehistoric field system and boundaries at Castella Downs. They are just visible on the downland north and south of Troytown Maze.


Chapel Down on St. Martin’s is rich in archaeological remains… just below the Daymark you can just about make out the foundations of a small 8th – 10th Century chapel. Further down the hill, set into the bedrock and standing just 0.6 metres high, is a small carved piece of granite in the shape of a human head and shoulders. This is “Billy Idol”.


Giant’s Castle on the south eastern coast of St. Mary’s is a classic example of an Iron Age Promontory Fort found on Scilly, dating back to the Iron Age, around 300BC. It’s a contemporary of Halangy Village, and also a Promontory Fort found at Shipman Head Down on Bryher.

Old man of Guh


The Old Man of Gugh is a leaning menhir standing 2.4 metres high, and Obadiah’s Barrow, also on Gugh, is an impressive entrance grave which was excavated in 1901. You’ll find both, and a kelp pit too around Kittern Hill, itself displaying the remains of round houses, field system and cairns.


Bant’s Carn is probably the most famous of the Scillonian entrance graves. It was excavated in 1900 by George Bonsor who found four piles of cremated bones at the far end of the chamber and fragments of pottery in the passage outside the entrance.

Bant's Carn

Buzza Hill


Although Halangy Village on the northern shores of St. Mary’s dates back to the late Iron Age/ early Romano-British Period (300BC to 300AD) there is, in the cliff-face of the bay below, evidence of circular stone huts that suggests the lower-lying village was occupied considerably earlier.

Visitors to Scilly are welcome to get involved… join Katharine on her regular Scilly Walks (and guided walking holidays) that cover all the islands. Katharine also delivers fascinating talks most Monday evenings during the season, at the Methodist Hall on St. Mary’s. scillywalks.co.uk There is a Community Archaeology group which works together with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to clear ancient sites. It meets very month and is open to all. Keep in touch via their Facebook page: Isles of Scilly Community Archaeology Group.


At low tide it is possible to see the Bronze Age field boundaries at East Porth of Samson.


Nornour hosts the richest evidence of pre-historic life on the islands, in particular the remains of 11 excavated circular stone buildings. Nornour was occupied from about 2000BC to 50AD and was probably home to one extended family.


Nournour settlement

A mould for

bronze pins has been unearthed on St. Mary’s, but not the pins cast. It suggests that metal working took place on the islands but that copper and tin would have been brought from Cornwall, since none has been discovered locally on the islands.

Western Rocks


St. Martin’s





Tresco Eastern Isles

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St. Mary’s

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THE RISING SEA: Scilly’s coastline has changed dramatically over the last 9,000 years. You can see the rise in sea levels from 7,000 BC to 2,500 BC to the present day.

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IMAGES I DID NOT CAPTURE WITH MY CAMERA An extract by Wyl Menmuir, Man Booker nominated novelist and short fiction writer. I began as a wild boy chasing down basking sharks, with neither time nor head room to dream. A king of the island, rifle-toting, snare-setting, drift-netting wild boy in a tiny pearl of a kingdom. I was always watching, looking out and looking in. I watched for ships through the brass monocular Mother said I wasn’t to take outside on account of it being a precious thing and with the other eye tried to uncover the workings of the island. I lay in the long grass where beetles spat bitter juice, shot rabbits and birds with the rifle Uncle gave me when I turned seven, crawled beneath the sill stones of buried entrance graves. During long afternoons, I sat with my back against the fallen two-faced Celtic idol in the gorse, let the white sky enter through my eyes and wondered what it would be like to have been here for hundreds of years, thousands. I had black eyes back then and I ate limpets raw from the rocks. That’s what I remember most about childhood, the cold, briny taste of it down the rails of my tongue. That and the day Stephen and I spotted nine basking sharks in the channel between the shore and Teän. Determined to catch one we were too. Images I Did Not Capture With My Camera is one of five “Walking Stories”, one for each inhabited island on Scilly, and each written by five highly regarded authors with longstanding personal connections to Scilly: Michael Morpurgo, Marion Molteno, Sam Llewellyn, Wyl Menmuir and Piers Lewin. As well featuring in a standalone publication, the stories have been narrated and set to original music. Read or listen to the stories on the islands for which they were created at visitislesofscilly.com Walking Stories was commissioned by Creative Islands, an initiative funded by Arts Council England and led by the Islands’ Partnership.   Listen to the stories online  visitislesofscilly.com/explore/walking-stories Illustration by Alex Bagnall 59

ESCAPE FROM THE CITY Need an adventurous mini-break not too far from home? Here’s how to do it on the Isles of Scilly.


hut down your gadgets, grab your bag and ready yourself for a stunning journey west! Arrive on Scilly, check into your hotel or B&B and head to Jack’s Bar for a cosy cocktail before supper on the beach. Spend your first day exploring St. Mary’s; best done by bike, we think. Head up to the amazingly well preserved Bronze Age villages, drop into Holy Vale vineyard, then “park up” at Pelistry Beach for a stroll across to Toll Island. Return via Old Town Bay, or stop off at Juliet’s Garden and soak in the incredible views with an early sundowner. In the evening, why not hop on the “supper boat” to St. Agnes or St. Martin’s? Eating out takes on a new meaning on Scilly! Hire your own kayak or power boat (with private skipper if you prefer) and set off in search of tiny coves and white sand beaches. Or how about some cool coasteering, amazing sea-swimming or hanging out with seals in the Eastern Isles? And make sure you don’t head home before you’ve sampled some tasty island produce and gazed up at our intensely dark skies…. Scilly’s starry nights are famed for being amongst the very best! visitislesofscilly.com

GETTING TO SCILLY To get to the islands from London… try one of these two speedy options: VIA PENZANCE Head to London Paddington station for a train to Penzance. Then hop across to the islands with Penzance Helicopters, with options into both St. Mary’s and Tresco.

VIA NEWQUAY Fly from London to Newquay with Virgin Connect (FlyBe) and onwards to Scilly in a 17-seater aircraft with Isles of Scilly Travel. You’ll land on the main island of St. Mary’s.

The adventure starts

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COCKTAILS & THE CRAB SHACK Feast on Scilly’s bounty, fresh from our Atlantic waters: lobster, crab, mackerel and more. There are plenty of places to enjoy a Taste of Scilly, washed down with local wines or cocktails made from island gin. Our top picks? Bryher’s Crab Shack, Karma’s beach barbecue on St. Martin’s, High Tide on St. Agnes, The Beach or Dibble & Grub on St. Mary’s, and Tresco’s Flying Boat.

UNINHABITED ISLAND FUN Hire yourself a powerboat for a couple of days or something a little more sedate – a kayak or SUP, perhaps, and island hop under your own steam. Seek out tiny uninhabited islands and find a deserted white sand beach all to yourself; perfect for a cool dip in the sea or a romantic champagne picnic.

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SNORKEL WITH SEALS! There’s no other experience like it – the freedom of being in the water with the islands’ most gracious inhabitants – Atlantic grey seals. Respect their habitat and space, and they’ll give you the thrill of a lifetime by playing close to you, studying your features with their puppy dog eyes and even nibbling at your fins!

SUB-TROPICAL HAVEN A visit to Scilly wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Tresco and its world famous Abbey Garden. 20,000 subtropical plants to admire amongst the most glorious of sun terraces, an incredible collection of figureheads and ships’ carvings dating back to the days of sail, and numerous friendly red squirrels and golden pheasants roaming the trees and lawns.

WHERE TO STAY ON ST. MARY’S We’d recommend the Star Castle or St. Mary’s Hall for a touch of history and glamour. Tregarthen’s and the Atlantic hotels are also good options being close to the Quay for catching boats to the other islands. Alternatively, how about one of the many guesthouses for a true Scillonian experience?

ON THE OFF-ISLANDS Lots of award-winning choices to be found on the Scilly’s “offislands”, including the fabulous Hell Bay Hotel on Bryher, the New Inn and Seagarden Cottages on Tresco, or Karma St. Martin’s hotel situated right on the beach at Lower Town.

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Time to learn & time to unwind

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If you’re looking for some “me” time or fancy learning a new skill, there are plenty of opportunities to come to Scilly in 2020 for a themed break and restore your peace of mind. When life becomes a rollercoaster ride, sometimes it’s good to get off, take a step back and try something new. Today, more of us are looking for new experiences when we go away – perhaps to learn a skill, to try something completely different, or simply to find some inner mindfulness and your wellbeing. So if that sounds like you, you’ll be spoilt for choice on Scilly for themed breaks this coming year. Read on as we take you on a journey of self-discovery – from learning to play the guitar, sketching and painting, mystery writing and more…



f painting and sketching sounds like fun to you, try a week’s sketching holiday with internationally-acclaimed artist Carole Baker. She’s hosting a week long break for just 10 people on 5th – 11th September. “We’ll be filling sketchbooks as we go,” says Carole, “capturing the sweeping sea views and undeveloped rugged coasts. Scilly is so evocative for artists – the light is fantastic and the colour of the sea breathtaking but, more than that, the islands are so empty you can really lose yourself in the wilds of Scilly. The islands bring out an incredible emotional response amongst my guests.”

“Scilly is so evocative for artists... you can really lose yourself”

MYSTERY WRITING Find inspiration for your blossoming novel or ignite your creative writing dreams amongst Tresco’s alluring landscape. Join this fourday Writing Retreat led by writer Hannah Dennison, whose expertise and experience includes a series of mystery stories set on Scilly. The course includes group writing sessions and one-toone tuition, from 30th September – 5th October.

DREAMY PHOTOGRAPHY Scilly is a landscape photographer’s dream: expansive seascapes, show-stopping sunsets and spectacular vistas. Why not hone your photography skills and enjoy some expert tuition with multi-award-winning photographer Ross Hoddinott on a brand new Tresco Photography Break taking place 6th – 10th October? 63


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esident ornithologist, Will Wagstaff guides a number of nature and wildlife holidays and breaks on Scilly, some based on Tresco, others on St. Mary’s. Numbers are kept small (maximum 20 people) so that everyone is able to make the most of his expertise and guidance as well as make new friends. “Whether you’re a birding enthusiast looking for a rare find or a complete novice just keen to learn more about the nature and wildlife around you, there’s always something to be gained from a wildlife holiday on Scilly,” says Will. “Spring and autumn are the best times to come – in spring, you see (and hear) lots of bright birds and butterflies; the autumn brings the migrant youngsters to the islands, including the odd rarity!” Choose between Prestige Holiday Tours who visit four islands and takes in a special seabird boat trip and a boat tour of the uninhabited Eastern Isles, or opt for a slightly shorter Nature Break and garden tour organised by Tresco Island. Hell Bay hotel also offers spring and autumn migration, flowers and butterflies breaks with David Rosair.

Join Scilly Walks and HF Holidays for one of nine six-night walking breaks taking place between 17th April and 24th September 2020. You’ll visit each of the inhabited islands for daily walks guided by archaeological expert, Dr Katharine Sawyer and stay at the Bell Rock hotel on St. Mary’s.

GRAB YOUR GUITAR! Indulge your passion for the guitar, whatever your level, and join expert tutor Stuart Marshall for a Guitar Retreat on Tresco, 20th – 24th March. Away from the usual interruptions and distractions at home, there’ll be two group guitar teaching sessions every day, plus postdinner jam sessions and sing-alongs. Learn a lot and laugh a lot and make some new friends along the way.

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DESIGN YOUR GARDEN Where better to learn the principles of garden design than at the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden? Join multiaward-winning landscape architect John Moreland and the garden’s curator Mike Nelhams for a fun few days (31st August – 5th September) and leave with a design for your very own garden at home.




f you need to restore a bit of calm in your life, why not try one of several yoga and wellbeing retreats in 2020? Adventure Scilly (adventurescilly.co.uk) is hosting a Reboot & Revitalise break on St. Mary’s for 10 people from 28th – 31st March which includes sea swimming, trail runs and wild yoga, whilst Tresco Island (tresco.co.uk/breaks) is offering a specialist yoga retreat with Lucy Aldridge from 8th – 13th May, and a Wellbeing & Yoga Retreat in October 12th – 17th with islander Gem Hansen and Billy Harrigan. Both include a number of yoga classes and complimentary spa massage.

Hell Bay Hotel is once again partnering Truro School Cookery (Cornwall’s only Leith’s School of Food and Wine partner) for a veritable feast of local island produce at the Crab Shack. Throughout the weekend 25th & 26th April 2020, there’ll be exclusive foodie demos and intimate meals accommodating just 12 guests.


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Melissa Hemsley is a cook, food author, British Vogue columnist and founder of the Sustainability Sessions. Her passion for sustainability, the environment and farming, local produce and community as well as wholesome, nourishing food could not be more in line with our own Taste of Scilly ethos, as she found to her delight on a visit to Scilly last summer.

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s I flew in over the tiny dots in the shimmering silver sea, for my first visit to the Isles of Scilly, it was very evident how precious and unprotected these little islands looked. I’d heard about all the lovely local produce grown and nurtured on the islands… this microcosm of sustainable living and lifestyle – it spoke my language, and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in! My first experience took me to the Low Tide event, on a sand bar between Tresco and Bryher. It only happens a handful of times a year during dramatic spring tides, and the channel between the islands is dry enough to walk between the two on foot. Never one to pass up a party, » 67

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let alone a unique foody affair such as this, I hitched up my summer dress, removed my sandals and headed for the sand bar. There was live music, pop-up bars with Processo and Hell Bay Gin, mussels and Tresco beef baps, but I headed for a green boat called Emerald Dawn, beached on the sand and lurched to one side – the aroma of lobster dogs and gently simmering seafood paella on its stern too much to ignore! There I met mother and daughter – Sue and Amanda Pender – doing brisk business, and no wonder. The lobster, crab and wet fish had been caught just hours before by Amanda’s brother Mark and son Shamus, with the additional fresh ingredients supplied by Bryher’s island farm. Food miles are virtually non-existent on Scilly; indeed the blackboard on the wall of Dibble & Grub on St. Mary’s displays a map of the islands depicting all the local produce used to create their delicious tapas dishes. Here Scillonian ingredients create mesmerising Mediterranean cuisine and the south-facing visitislesofscilly.com

There are no less than four Low Tide events to look forward to in 2020 – Good Friday 10th April, Bank Holiday Friday 8th May, 21st August and 20th September. Walk out from Tresco or Bryher and tuck into seafood paella, mussels, island gin and more.

beachfront views and vintage patchwork tiled tables more than lend themselves to a South of France feel. Even the wines are sustainably sourced, REGULAR LOCAL and brought to the PRODUCE MARKETS resturant by yacht Twice a month on a directly from France. Thursday afternoon, And on to the unu- throughout the season, sual award winning head to The Park in Tanglewood Table Hugh Town for our Taste of Scilly local produce in Hugh Town itself market. Lots of delicious – an intimate affair seasonal produce to in what was once the taste and buy! islands’ old Sorting Office, now home to the show kitchen and intimate table for just 8. Come with friends, or make new ones as you watch husband and wife Euan and Lindsay Rodger cook up a set fourcourse meal, determined by the local ingredients to hand but often including marinated


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Dine out at the beachfront barbecue at Karma St. Martin’s on a Friday lunchtime. Book a private Scilly lobster lunch at Holy Vale Winery amongst the sunny vineyards. Step back in time in the formal Dining Room at the Star Castle – once an officers’ mess.

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duck and local veg sourced from Salakee Farm up the road, crab from the Vicky Anna fishing boat and a delicious aperitif from Westward Farm on the neighbouring island, St. Agnes. Not only will you dine like a duchess, but Euan and Lindsay are a wonderful couple, happy to impart local folklore and Scillonian tales long into the night - an authentic island experience bar none. My final day on Scilly took me to St. Agnes – I needed to see where this delicious Westward Farm gin originated. Greeted by Grace and Aiden Hicks, and their gorgeous free-spirited children, we walked amongst the orchards of apples (for their cider), and pittosporum hedgerows that protected the tiny fields from the coastal breezes; we fed the chickens and picked island grown rose geraniums, gorse and elderberries – just some of the incredible botanicals that go into the production of this micro gin distillery. This family has a story, a lifestyle and a business that I would happily lift up and take back to Leytonstone!

High Tide on St. Agnes, with celebrated chef Mark Eberlein, serves up exquisite seafood in a relaxed setting with sensational Atlantic views. While away an afternoon at Tresco’s Ruin Beach, the best wood-fired pizzas, with views to match, or head to the Flying Boat for all day delicious dining. Treat yourself to dinner at Hell Bay Hotel’s Restaurant on Bryher - fine dining at its very best. The Crab Shack, a rustic little eatery on Bryher serving shellfish, served in Portuguese cataplanas straight from the boat. The Beach – by name and location, on St. Mary’s serving up dishes cooked over coals on the barbecue.

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THE MARQUE OF GOOD TASTE If you enjoy eating local produce on holiday, then look out for the Taste of Scilly marque in restaurants and cafes or at local stores and at roadside stalls across the islands. It’s our promise that the main ingredient(s) of what you’re purchasing or eating are grown, caught or reared on the islands. Nowhere is local food more local!

TASTE OF SCILLY Join us in September for a month-long celebration of food, drink and local produce on Scilly. Includes pop-ups and feasts, masterclasses, supper safaris, Taste of Scilly menus and farm tours.  visitislesofscilly.com/

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ROUND ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Sited on the most northerly isle of Scilly, Round Island Lighthouse was built by William Tregarthen Douglass. Completed in 1887, it was one of three lighthouses on the archipelago at the time, the others being on Bishop Rock and St. Agnes. Standing 19 metres high, the lighthouse was modernised in 1966 and automated in 1987. The only access, aside from a helicopter, is by a flight of steps cut into the solid rock. To discover more about Scilly’s lighthouses – including spectacular aerial footage, see visitislesofscilly.com/lighthouses



PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY Make the most of your holiday to the Isles of Scilly. Plan your travel and check out our accommodation listings. In this section of the guide, we invite you to check out our practical tips for getting to Scilly as well as browse the listed accommodation. And for first time visitors, this section also explains the practicalities and ease of island hopping around the archipelago. If, throughout this section, you need more information, inspiration or choice, or if you need specific help regarding limited mobility options and/or travelling with young children, then go on-line at visitislesofscilly.com, or call our friendly team at the dedicated Tourist Information Centre on 01720 620600.

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as memorable as the destination Choose to fly in one of our Twin Otters or sail over on the Scillonian III, you can be sure that the crossing will be a memorable beginning to an unforgettable trip. You can connect with the islands by plane from Land’s End, Newquay or Exeter on flights that take from 15 to 60 minutes and approaching the beauty of the islands from the air can be truly breath taking. If you would rather travel at a more leisurely pace, the ferry crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s takes around 2hrs and 45 minutes and gives you a unique perspective of some of Cornwall’s most iconic coastline. However you choose to travel, your welcome to the islands begins when your Captain says, ‘Welcome aboard.’



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SCILLY’S GATEWAYS Your journey west, travel connections and parking. There are four gateways to Scilly, all in Devon and Cornwall: Exeter, Newquay, Penzance and Land’s End. Both Exeter and Cornwall Newquay airports offer a range of connections to several other UK and European airports, including London, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow and Newcastle. Penzance (and Land’s End via regular shuttle) are well served by trains operated by GWR from London Paddington, Reading, Bristol, and Exeter whilst coach services, operated by National Express, also serve Exeter, Penzance and Newquay. For those driving, there’s plenty of secure parking at all of Scilly’s gateways including park ‘n’ ride options at Penzance. Remember, taking your car to Scilly is not an option.

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STOPPING OVER? If you’re thinking about stopping over in Cornwall or Devon on route to or from Scilly, have a look at some of our suggestions at visitislesofscilly. com/accommodation/ cornwall-stopovers

If you are travelling to the islands by ferry, the Scillonian Park and Ride is a great and convenient way to start your holiday. Park your car in the grounds of Trereife House, which is 1.7 miles or 6 minutes' drive from the Scillonian’s departure point. Then hop onto the shuttle service back to Penzance Quay. 01736 334220 islesofscilly-travel.co.uk

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Scilly Parking offers secure car parking for customers travelling on the Scillonian III ferry. Includes free transfers to and from the Scillonian quay for you, your passengers and your luggage. Overnight accommodation available on site. We welcome dogs. Book online or call for our friendly reliable service. Est 2007

Stay overnight at Scilly Parking for a relaxing start and end to your holiday. Our luxury ensuite lodges with king size beds sleep 2 people and include free WiFi, TV, Kitchen area with microwave, tea and coffee making facilities along with juice, cereals and toast for breakfast. We welcome dogs.

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GETTING TO SCILLY How you get to Scilly is all part of the adventure.



Skybus flights operate from Exeter, Newquay and Land’s End Airports and offer a memorable start to your Scilly holiday, with breathtaking aerial views of this unique cluster of islands. Dog-friendly flights from Land’s End take just 15 minutes to reach St. Mary’s, and operate year-round. Skybus also flies dog-friendly flights from Cornwall Airport Newquay all year round, which take 30 minutes. Skybus flights from Exeter Airport operate six days a week between March and October, reaching Scilly in just under an hour. Secure car parking is available at all three airports. A dedicated shuttle bus also runs between Penzance train station and Land’s End Airport.

Travelling on Scillonian passenger ferry offers a unique view of the West Cornwall coast and opportunities to see fantastic wildlife on route as it sails between Penzance and St. Mary’s six days a week (seven in the summer weeks). Scillonian operates between March and November with a sailing time of 2hrs and 45 minutes. Tides allowing, the ferry usually leaves Penzance Harbour every morning at 9.15am, arriving into St. Mary’s at 12 noon. It leaves again at 4.30pm arriving back into Penzance at 7.15pm. Dogs are very welcome on board.

New for 2020, climb aboard the state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter with Penzance Helicopters. Easily accessible from the A30, you will take off from Penzance Heliport before enjoying stunning views of the Cornish coast and reaching the islands in just 15 minutes. Penzance Helicopters fly to both Tresco and St. Mary’s, six days a week, all year round. The near sea-level heliport location and excellent aircraft performance offer resilience to a variety of weather conditions. Arrive at the Heliport by the dedicated shuttle-bus from Penzance train station or take advantage of the secure car park located on-site.

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If you intend to fly your own private aircraft to Scilly, you must make all your own necessary arrangements and comply with aviation regulations. Or if you plan to sail to the islands, please ensure you’re fully prepared for all weathers and sea conditions, and let the Harbour Master’s office know when you’re on your way: stmarys-harbour. co.uk. They’ll also be happy to advise on visitor moorings and anchorages.

Every flight on Scilly is met by a dedicated shuttle service that will take you and your bags for a small fee, directly to your accommodation on St. Mary’s or to the quay if you’re staying on an “off island”. Tresco Island and some hotels offer complimentary transfers. Private taxi transfers are also available, if preferred, but these should be booked in advance.


When travelling by the Scillonian III passenger ferry, clearly label your luggage with your name and holiday address. Then you won’t need to wait on the quay for it to be unloaded when you arrive into St. Mary’s. The local haulier will collect your bags for you and deliver them directly to your accommodation for a small fee (£1.50 per item in 2019).

NEED ASSISTANCE Visit Isles of Scilly and our travel partners always endeavour to support passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility. If you’re travelling to Scilly with Isles of Scilly Travel (Skybus/Scillonian), please call 01736 334220 or email customerservices@islesofscillytravel.co.uk

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If you’re travelling on the ferry, and staying on either Tresco, St. Martin’s, Bryher or St. Agnes, then pick up a colour coded luggage tag from Penzance Quay. Your bags will then be transferred automatically to the correct inter-island boat once in Scilly for the onward journey to your destination.

If you’re travelling to Scilly with Penzance Helicopters, please call 01604 817115 or email info@penzancehelicopters.co.uk If you need assistance regarding access to accommodation, getting around on Scilly, inter-island boating, etc. please contact our Tourist Information Centre on 01720 620600 or email info@visitislesofscilly.com 77

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New in 2020, fly direct to both Tresco and St Mary's! Climb aboard Penzance Helicopters’ state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter and prepare to be whisked away to the Isles of Scilly. Taking off from the Penzance Heliport, you can enjoy the stunning views of the Cornish coast before arriving at the picturesque Isles of Scilly in just 15 minutes! Book your flights today at www.penzancehelicopters.co.uk

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GETTING BETWEEN THE ISLANDS The insider’s guide to island-hopping on Scilly. Island hopping on Scilly is what one does! It doesn’t matter where you stay because all the islands are close together and journeys are short, so it’s easy to base yourself on one and visit a different island every day. From St. Mary’s, boats to the other islands are run by St. Mary’s Boatmen’s Association (SMBA). Look out for their trips online @scillyboating and on the various blackboards around the island, including day trips to the “off-islands”, landings on uninhabited islands, special trips to see Bishop Rock Lighthouse

ACCESSIBLE SCILLY Most people get around the islands on foot, but if that's not an option for you or one of your party, we recommend that you look at, and book, alternative options in advance of your holiday. You can hire pushbikes (with trailers), electric bikes and golf buggies (for those aged 25-75 years; driving licences required) on St. Mary’s and Tresco. There are also a number of private hire vehicles on St. Mary’s, a Community Bus and a “Buzza Bus” on St. Mary’s (for those registered to use it via Cornwall's Age Concern).

and wildlife, evening supper boats and opportunities to follow the gig races on Wednesday and Friday nights. Buy tickets on board, at the dedicated kiosk on St. Mary’s Quay or at the Tourist Information Centre. Private operators offer daily specialist excursions too. The SMBA also operates the boat services from and to St. Martin’s. Boats operate via St. Mary’s, with some direct services to the other islands. Tresco Boat Services serve Tresco and Bryher, whilst St. Agnes Boating operates from St. Agnes. You can check their schedules and island excursions online at @stagnesboating and @trescoboatservices or on noticeboards close to the quays and around the islands. Additionally, if you want a boat at a special time or to a special place, this can nearly always be arranged (tides and weather permitting!) via the boat services or various private operators.

The off-islands – Tresco, St. Martin’s, St. Agnes and Bryher – have only a mixture of concrete roads and unmade roads that are not suitable for public transport. They are only accessible by boat and getting on and off can be tricky with several steps. (The boatmen are lovely though, and will always assist where necessary). Pushchairs and lighter standard wheelchairs can be lifted onto boats – electric wheelchairs would be a challenge. Remember when booking your flights or the passenger ferry to Scilly, as well as your accommodation, to discuss your particular requirements. Check their access statements for more detailed information too.

St. Agnes Boating St. Agnes Boating offers scheduled and sea taxi services between St. Agnes and the other islands. Purchase your transfer or weekly pass online. Download our new boating App to view all of our trips. stagnesboating.co.uk 01720 422704

St. Mary’s Boatmen’s Association 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. 01720 423999 enquiries@scillyboating.co.uk

Tresco Boat Services Daily trips to explore the islands throughout the season, and year round transfers to your destination on Tresco, Bryher and St. Martin’s. Seek out birds and seals on our wildlife tours, take a trip to an uninhabited island, or hop on a Gig spectator boat to cheer on our local crews. 01720 423373 tresco.co.uk/boats 79

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STAYING ON SCILLY Ready to book? Then it’s time to browse our accommodation listings and find a great place to stay. Choose from period hotels, self-catering barns and cottages, B&Bs and guesthouses. Find out where you can camp out under the stars, or discover the perfect romantic bolthole.

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If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact one of the expert holiday providers based on the islands, or contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01720 620600. They all know the islands inside out and will be delighted to help find the right place for you, or even arrange your perfect holiday!

A family business established in 2000, offering a wide range of homes & businesses for sale, and quality holiday cottage rentals sleeping from 2 to 12 people. So, if you are looking for a permanent move, or just a week’s holiday, why not call Sibleys? enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com sibleysonscilly.com 01720 422431

Based on Bryher, we’ve been arranging holidays on the Isles of Scilly for 35 years. From finding the right accommodation and organising travel to setting up transfers and insurance, we’ll take care of everything – all you need to do is get in touch. Ask us for a quote on 01720 422200.

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The Isles of Scilly Approved Accommodation Scheme (IOSAAS) means that the properties have been independently assessed to meet industry “safe, legal and clean” requirements.

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.

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g Evening meals available to non residents h Special diets catered for i Packed lunches available j Licensed k Guest lounge l Tea & coffee making in lounge m Tea & coffee making n Real fire o Heating all rooms p Heating included in price q WiFi

r Broadband s Televisions t Washing machine u Tumble dryer v Ironing facilities w Dishwasher x Hairdryer 2 Children minimum age y Cot z Outdoor swimming pool Z Indoor swimming pool Y Gardens / patio X Linen hire W Linen provided V Electricity included in price U Dogs welcome / accepted by arrangement T Open over Christmas and/ or New Year S Midweek booking all season R Midweek booking early

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ST. MARY'S – Hotels

Star Castle Hotel & Vineyard HO | 38 Rooms and Suites | Mar-Oct | £75-£212 B&B PPPN £103-£240 DB&B PPPN


ST. MARY'S – Hotels


A world apart, but not a world away…

Enjoy a family-run gourmet hotel steeped in history that exudes a friendly and professional service. There’s a warm welcome waiting for you at this excellent four-star family run hotel. The castle began life back in 1593, when it was built in the shape of an eight-pointed star, occupying magnificent views of the surrounding islands. Back then it served to protect the mainland of Britain from invaders, and today the castle, and its views are much better enjoyed over a glass of wine or two from the castle ramparts. The Star Castle Hotel sits in four lush acres of secluded sub-tropical gardens and offers a range of facilities that include an indoor heated pool and unlimited complimentary golf and tennis. There’s a choice of beautifully styled accommodation providing guests with the choice of either pretty garden rooms (many with sea views, private verandahs or gardens) or historical rooms within the castle that ooze cosy character 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, collected daily from the hotels fishing boat. The Star Castle offers the perfect ingredients for a very special wedding celebration with licensed rooms, fabulous food and stunning photo opportunities.

Each day begins with a sumptuous breakfast, the dungeon bar offers a light lunch option as well as a Cornish cream tea and children will love the delicious high tea that is part of the family package offered. Even dogs are welcomed and catered for at the Star Castle! Hotel owner, Robert Francis, produces a selection of fine wines from the hotel’s vineyard and winery. Not only do these excellent Pinot Noirs, Pinot Gris’, Chardonnays and rosés now take pride of place on the wine list, but 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, a glass of chilled wine and fresh lobster for lunch, or they can admire the vines and soak up the very special atmosphere of the Star Castle’s HolyVale Vineyard. The Isles of Scilly are so peaceful and picture perfect that most people visit just to wander and marvel at the tropical setting and the whitest beaches you’ll find anywhere outside of the Caribbean. But, if you feel the need to be a little bit busy, there’s a host of events and activities to take part in throughout the year. The Star Castle Hotel offers special packages to make the most of these events, such as; Walk Scilly in April and Wild Scilly in October, Food and Wine Weekends in March and their very own full board packages in March and October.


Star Castle Hotel, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JA E. info@star-castle.co.uk T. 01720 422317/423342 www.star-castle.co.uk




ST. MARY'S – Hotels

St. Mary’s Hall Hotel


HO | 26 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £84-£153 B&B PPPN £104-£173 DB&B PPPN

Real Food - Real People - Real Scilly An elegantly refurbished townhouse set in its own Mediterranean style garden. Stay with us for a relaxing, revitalising and indulgent break. We are situated just minutes from sandy beaches and a 5 minute level walk from the town and quay. 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 S P I R I T o f S C I L LY

St. Mary’s Hall Hotel, Church Street, St. Mary’s TR21 0JR E. contactus@stmaryshallhotel.co.uk T. 01720 422316 www.stmaryshallhotel.co.uk

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ST. MARY'S – Hotels

Schooners Hotel


HO | 12 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £55-£106 B&B PPPN £86-£140 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 and 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 – 9 rooms have prime sea views over the harbour – 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 and 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 Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0LN E. stay@schoonershotel.co.uk T. 01720 422682 www.schoonershotel.co.uk E5


ST. MARY'S – Hotels

Tregarthen’s Hotel


HO | 32 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £80-£145 B&B PPPN £120-£160 DB&B PPPN

Breathtaking views and a warm welcome With outstanding sea views, great cuisine and the best position on St. Mary’s, just yards from the Quay, Tregarthen’s is a perfect base for a truly unforgettable holiday or short break. – Panoramic Sea Views – Restaurant with Fresh Local Food – Lounge, Bar and Terrace – Close to the Town and Quay – Free Guest WiFi – Luxury Self Catering Cottages

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. reception@tregarthens-hotel.co.uk T. 01720 422540 www.tregarthens-hotel.co.uk

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ST. MARY'S – Hotels / B&B

Bell Rock Hotel


HO | 23 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £59-£110 B&B PPPN £69-£130 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 our rooms and offers at www.bellrockhotel.co.uk & www.bellrockhotel.blogspot.com – Owned and personally managed by resident proprietors on Scilly and local Manager – Full English Breakfast cooked to order between 8-9.15am – Enjoy a wide choice of evening meals between 6-8pm – Comfortable lounge with books and games Free WiFi for guests is available throughout the hotel. Relax in our Lounge or Bar. All rooms are en suite with comfortable beds, TVs, radio alarms, tea & coffee, hair dryers, etc. Very convenient, quiet central level position. Relax in our lovely pool. Dine in our Restaurant and enjoy our Chef’s daily changing menus - NON RESIDENTS WELCOME - Excellent value – The most southerly hotel in England - A one bedroom flat for 2 adults is also available in the hotel with all facilities. Bell Rock Hotel, Church Street, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0JT E. contact@bellrockhotel.co.uk T. 01720 422575 www.bellrockhotel.co.uk



The Atlantic

IOSAAS APPROVED B&B | 21 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £150-£250 B&B PRPN

– Fantastic views over Hugh Town’s picturesque harbour – Close to the Ferry and Airport – Charming ensuite bedrooms – Waterside restaurant and terrace – Serving lunch & dinner every day The Atlantic is a quaint Inn with breath taking views nestled in the heart of Hugh Town. Enjoy delicious food, local ales, fine wines and endless sea views. The terrace makes the most of stunning vistas the perfect spot for dining alfresco! All bedrooms are ensuite with super comfy beds and many enjoy sea views. The Atlantic, St Marys, TR21 0PL E. atlanticinn@staustellbrewery.co.uk T. 01720 422417 www.atlanticinnscilly.co.uk



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

Carntop Guest House


Wingletang Guest House ★★★★ SILVER HB | 8 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £46-£53 B&B PPPN £71-£78 DB&B PPPN

HB | 3 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £58 B&B PPPN £78 DB&B PPPN – Quietly situated on the outskirts of Hugh Town – 3 beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms – Halfboard 3 evenings a week often using own produce Church Road, St. Mary’s TR21 0NA E. jenkins@carntop.co.uk T. 01720 423763 www.carntop.co.uk



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– Comfortable twin, double & single en-suite rooms – Tasty breakfast choices, cooked as you like it – Free WiFi, all rooms – Delicious, fresh home-cooked evening meals – Efficient friendly service Ideally situated close to sandy beaches, shops, churches, bus tours and harbour for boat trips. Traditional warm welcome and excellent value. Please contact us for more details: David Walsh & Jacqui Ramsden The Parade, St. Mary’s TR21 0LP E. enquiries@wingletangguesthouse.co.uk T. 01720 422381 www.wingletangguesthouse.co.uk

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B&B | 6 Rooms | Apr-Dec | £40-£52 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 | £40-£52.50 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. enquiries@the-belmont.co.uk T. 01720 423154 www.the-belmont.co.uk

Colossus B&B




– 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 WiFi and Beach Towels, Guest Fridge; BOOK ONLINE or for BEST RATES Call Carmen Stevens, Pilot’s Retreat, St. Mary’s TR21 0PB T. 01720 423361 www.colossus-scilly.co.uk

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B&B | 6 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £43-£53 PPPN – Visit England & AA, 4-star, silver, breakfast award – Hugh Town, moments from beaches, shops, restaurants and the quay – 6 en-suite bedrooms – Guest lounge with wood burner, perfect for curling up with a book or a game T. 01720 422968 www.crebinick.co.uk enquiries@crebinick.co.uk




ST. MARY'S – Bed & Breakfast

Evergreen Cottage


B&B | 5 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £48-£50 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 www.evergreencottageguesthouse.co.uk

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B&B | 3 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £49 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

Freesia Guesthouse

★★★★SILVER B&B | 4 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £82 Single occupancy £48 sharing Double/twin PPPN

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 – Continental Breakfast – All special diets catered for by prior arrangement – New roof terrace open for all our guests – Wet weather clothing, rucksacks and beach towels provided – £82 single occupancy/£48 per person sharing

Ian & Heather Stewart, Old Town, St. Mary’s TR21 0NH T. 01720 422045 www.scillyguesthouse.com

Carole & Peter Green, The Parade, St. Mary’s E. freesiaguesthouse@hotmail.com T. 01720 423676 www.scillyfreesia.co.uk



Pelistry Cottage



– 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. E.scillyhols@hotmail.com T. 01720 422506 www.scillyholidays.com

The Wheelhouse




B&B | 3 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £43-£53 PPPN

B&B | 4 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £47-£52 PPPN


Rose Cottage B&B




B&B | 9 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £55-£85 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.

– Sea views from every room – Four star rating with Silver Award & Breakfast Award – All rooms are ensuite – Perfect harbourside location – Free WiFi Our conversion of two traditional harbourside cottages provides purpose finished, high quality ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation. 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.

The Wheelhouse, Porthcressa, St. Mary’s, TR21 0JG  T. 01720 422719 www.thewheelhousescilly.co.uk

Karen and Jeremy Phillips Rose Cottage, The Strand, St. Mary’s E. jeremy@scillyrose.co.uk T. 01720 422078 www.scillyrose.co.uk









ST. MARY'S – Bed & Breakfast

Westford House B&B

★★★★SILVER B&B | 5 Rooms | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £41-£52.50 PPPN | Single Occupancy | £80 PPPN

– 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. – Friendly Scillonian proprietor – Sunny guests lounge with TV, window seat and lots of local information A warm welcome awaits you at Westford House Bed and Breakfast. Friendly accommodation in our 1820’s, 3-storey Georgian townhouse. Character combined with modern comforts and a relaxed atmosphere for a home-away-from-home feeling! Joanna Holwill, Church Street, St. Mary’s TR21 0JT E. enquiry@westfordhouse.com T. 01720 422510 www.westfordhouse.com VisitEngland

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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 bay & beach. Enjoy our award-winning breakfast! Mrs Anthea Roberts, Old Town, St. Mary’s TR21 0NH E. enquiries@bluecarn.co.uk T. 01720 422214

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B&B | 2 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £45 PPPN – Quiet location near Porthcressa Bay – Easy, flat walk to beaches, restaurants and quay – Simply-furnished rooms with a coastal feel – Visit England ROSE Award – Full English breakfast prepared with Cornish produce Rams Valley, St. Mary’s TR21 0JX T. 01720 422517 E. jenkins@nundeeps.co.uk www.nundeeps.co.uk



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B&B | 5 Rooms | Apr-Sept | £40-£50 PPPN

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. d-parr@sky.com T. 01720 423313 www.lynwoodguesthouseislesofscilly.com

The Santa Maria Guest House has a ‘Four Star Quality in Tourism Grade’ awarded by Visit England. We are centrally located within Hugh Town, St. Mary’s and have beautiful 180 degree Sea Views overlooking Porthcressa Beach and the islands beyond. We are a short distance from the shops, restaurants and 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 website listed below. Jackie Chesterman 44 Sally Port, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JE E. andychesterman123@btconnect.com T. 01720 422687 www.santamariaislesofscilly.com




B&B | 2 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £42-£48 PPPN


B&B | 4 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £46-£48 PPPN


Blue Carn Cottage





ST. MARY'S – Bed & Breakfast

Shamrock B&B


B&B | 2 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £45 PPPN sharing or £80 single occupancy



B&B | 6 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £41-£49.50 B&B 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. Tracey Guy, Shamrock, High Lanes, St. Mary’s E. scillyhorse@hotmail.co.uk T. 01720 423269



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.

Browarth B&B


B&B | 2 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £40-£44 PPPN

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.

– 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 – £62 single occupancy PPPN

Complimentary WiFi available. Anjeric is the perfect base to enjoy Scilly. Judy and Barry Archer Lower Strand, St. Mary’s TR21 0PS E. judyarcher@yahoo.co.uk T. 01720 422700 www.visitislesofscilly.com

Ram’s Valley, St. Mary’s TR21 0JX E. martynsmalley@hotmail.co.uk  T. 01720 422353 M. 07776 076975





B&B | 11 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £42-£62.50 PPPN




The Bylet Guest House

IOSAAS APPROVED B&B | 6 Rooms | Apr-Nov | £39-£45 PPPN

Fantastic peaceful location overlooking the harbour. Eleven light, airy rooms all en-suite, most with sea views. Lovely guest lounge and front terrace. À la Carte evening menu. Self catering three bedroom flat also available. Nick & Bryony Lishman E. stay@mincarlo.info  T. 01720 422513 www.mincarlo.info

defhjkmoqvx&yYWS Nancherrow Guest House



B&B | 2 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £41 PPPN - Small, friendly, family-run B&B - Peaceful location, island views

Miss Lisa Williams The Bylet, Church Road, St. Mary’s, TR21 0NA E. bylet@hotmail.co.uk T. 01720 422923/422479 www.byletholidays.com

- Close to beaches, town and harbour - Tastefully refurbished, double and twin, ensuite rooms - Excellent cooked breakfasts and special diets catered for - Wifi , Tea/coffee, TV and fridges in rooms E. nancherrow.scilly@gmail.com T. 01720 423072 M. 07901 793373


– 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





ST. MARY'S – Bed & Breakfast

Northwethel Guest House IOSAAS APPROVED Penhallow

IOSAAS APPROVED B&B | 4 Rooms | Jan-Dec | From £47 PPPN

B&B | 4 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £40 PPPN

– A warm, friendly welcome awaits you at Northwethel – Peaceful location – 10 minutes walk from the beaches, the harbour and local amenities – Modern, spacious en-suite rooms – Outside guest decked seating area Please contact Adrienne Robson T. 01720 423415 M. 07748 418267 E. northwethel.scilly@hotmail.co.uk www.northwethelguesthouseislesofscilly.co.uk

Guest House, 6 minutes from town centre. Comfortable bedrooms all en-suite, sitting room and large garden with seating. Room fridges, guide books, games and beach towels provided. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.




Cath and Kevin Sherris Pilots Retreat, St. Mary’s TR21 0PB T. 01720 422945 www.scillypenhallow.com


The Midas Suite

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

Enjoy a peaceful relaxed stay in our spacious suite. Private entrance into your lounge/ conservatory. Large bedroom and shower en-suite. Rural views across the Lower Moors from gardens and patio. Close to all amenities. Generous continental breakfast at your leisure.

Sonia Fletcher, Santamana, Jacksons Hill, St. Mary’s T. 01720 423024 E. santamana.scilly@gmail.com

Debra Cole E. scillymidas@btinternet.com T. 01720 423052

IOSAAS APPROVED B&B | 2 Rooms | Mar-Nov | £39-£43 PPPN



Tolman Guest House



B&B | 1 Room | Apr-Oct | £45 PPPN




B&B | 3 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £35-£52 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 – 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/DVDs and hospitality trays. The bedrooms have a sea view as do the gardens and relaxing sunny lounge. In our light and airy dining room with superb views of the bay. Enjoy a hearty full english or a lighter option if preferred. Changing to a different accredited scheme formerly 4 Star Silver Award. 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. tolmanhouse@hotmail.co.uk T. 01720 422967 www.tolmanhouse-scilly.co.uk




ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

Holy Vale Farmhouse

★★★★★ GOLD



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £650-£2850 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 8 | £1025-£2120 PUPW – A beautifully presented former farmhouse, ideal for larger families – Spacious open-plan accommodation, Friday changeover – Private garden and terrace, perfect for al fresco dining – Lovely rural position overlooking vineyards

Beautiful interiors, equipped to the highest standard. Panoramic sea views of St Agnes, Bryher and Tresco, creating a genuine away from it all experience. Large private garden offers unrivalled sea views, various seating areas tucked amongst the Victorian gun emplacements.

E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com  T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com

T. 01579 346473 E. holidays@duchyofcornwall.org www.duchyofcornwallholidaycottages.co.uk

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Gatehouse Cottage



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £700-£2850 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 8 | £2400-£4450 PUPW

A charming property nestled against the Elizabethan Garrison walls above Hugh Town. Beautiful interiors, equipped to the highest standard with a private and sheltered courtyard garden with stairs leading to a higher level seating area with a sea view.

Offering spacious and stunning accommodation with beautiful interiors. Equipped to the highest standard with spectacular sea views. Situated on the historic Garrison, within five minutes’ walk of the amenities of Hugh Town, St Mary’s Quay and the Harbour.

Duchy of Cornwall T. 01579 346473 E. holidays@duchyofcornwall.org www.duchyofcornwallholidaycottages.co.uk

T. 01579 346473 E. holidays@duchyofcornwall.org www.duchyofcornwallholidaycottages.co.uk

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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £650-£3150 PUPW


GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 6 | £795-£1725 PUPW – Central location for shops and harbour – Stunning views from lounge and bedrooms – Well equipped and beautifully presented – Saturday changeover 3 Golden Bay, Thorofare, St. Mary’s T. 01720 422431 E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com www.sibleysonscilly.com



Customs House

★★★★★ | ★★★★ GOLD SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 5-6 | £675-£2130 PUPW

E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com  T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com



dnqw&yYW – 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

Enjoy panoramic views of the harbour and the islands of Samson, Bryher, Tresco and St Martin’s. Beautiful interiors and equipped to the highest standard, the Guard House makes a perfect base for exploring the unrivalled natural beauty of the islands. Duchy of Cornwall T. 01579 346473 E. holidays@duchyofcornwall.org www.duchyofcornwallholidaycottages.co.uk

3 Golden Bay




5 Harbour View Mansions ★★★★GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £650-£1250 PUPW – Spacious second floor harbourside apartment – Stunning sea views of St. Mary’s harbour, Samson, Tresco & Bryher – Central location for shops, restaurants and the Quay – Perfect for couples sharing or families – Monday changeover E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com




ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

9 Springfield Court


SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £595-£630 PUPW

Bella Self Catering Apartments ★★★★GOLD SC | 4 Units | Apr-Sept | Sleeps 2-4 | £594-£1300 PUPW

Recently refurbished. One bedroom, second floor apartment, sleeps 2 with choice of superking or twin beds. Quietly situated in Hugh Town, 5 minutes from beaches and amenities. Outstanding views. Thursday changeover. T. 01720 422431 E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com www.sibleysonscilly.com

Four Star Gold Award Winning Apartments

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GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £950-£1350 PUPW – Beautiful spacious 2 bed apartment with open plan living & kitchen – Luxurious, modern interiors with smart mod cons – Located on Church St, seconds from Porthcressa beach

All our apartments have WiFi 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 website listed below. Jackie Chesterman 44 Sally Port, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall TR21 0JE E. andychesterman123@btconnect.com T. 01720 422687 www.bellascilly.com

E. bookings@warleggan-association.com T. 07956 393057 www.warleggan-association.com

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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £525–£1230 PUPW



SC | 3 Units | Jan-Nov | Sleeps 2-3 | £400-£890 PUPW

Garrison House Apartment ★★★★ GOLD


★★★★GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 12 | £1235-£2950 PUPW

– Beautifully appointed 6 bedroom house. – Friday changeover – Central location with sunny garden and patio area – All bedrooms ensuite – Tastefully refurbished throughout – Ideal for large family gatherings or groups

T. 01720 422535 www.glandore.co.uk

T. 01720 422431 E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com www.sibleysonscilly.com U5


Men A Vaur

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 and country views, one on the ground floor with private entrance, garden and patio.



Phil & Kath Roe E. garrisonhouseios@gmail.com  T. 01720 422972 www.garrisonhouse.co.uk E6



Desirable Grade 2 listed Apartment on the Garrison. Stunning panoramic views to harbour and off islands. Private garden with deck and gas BBQ. Extremely well equipped incl. Free WiFi. Close to town and quay. 2 ensuite bedrooms: King & Super-king / twin.

E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com



SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2-4 | £700-£1700 PUPW

– Modern duplex apartment in the heart of Hugh Town – Bright and airy luxury accommodation – Handy for shops and restaurants. Only a short walk to quay and beaches – Perfect for couples sharing or families. Friday changeover

Glandore Apartments

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, Bella Maria and Bella Bryher, are finished to a high standard and have attained a 4 Star Gold Award quality standard by VisitEngland.



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Old Town Cottage

★★★★ GOLD

T. 01720 422431 E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com www.sibleysonscilly.com

T. 01720 422431 E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com www.sibleysonscilly.com




SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £460-£970 PUPW


E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com




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★★★★ GOLD

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £615-£1200 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £455–£700 PUPW

– A bright and airy ground floor flat with Tuesday changeover – Short level walk from all the amenities of Hugh Town – Fully refurbished and upgraded – Perfect for 2 couples sharing or families – A great base for a perfect Scilly holiday E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com

A spacious ground floor flat decorated and equipped to the highest standard. All linen and towels provided. Patio area with table and chairs. 3/4 acre tiered garden. Well behaved dogs welcome. Sue and Clive Kirby T. 01720 423657 M. 07824 381550 E. susan.kirby60@btinternet.com www.tean-ios.com




SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £700–£900 PUPW

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SC | 2 Units | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2-4 | £615-£1150 PUPW

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

Perfectly located, very comfortably equipped pair of apartments a stones throw from Porthmellon Beach. Both properties have sea views towards Tresco and outside space for BBQs etc. Neap Tide sleeps 2 in kingsize bed. Spring Tide sleeps 2 or 4 in kingsize and superking/twin. Luxury, bright accommodation.

Mrs Nan Fellows 3 Buzza Street, St. Mary’s T. 01527 66689 E. nan.fellows@btinternet.com www.tresillian-scilly.com


Shearwater House


– A large Grade 2 listed town centre house – 5 en suite bedrooms – Sunny private south facing courtyard – Ideal for large family gatherings, groups or clubs, Saturday changeover – Perfectly located and tastefully refurbished

John & Ann Derbyshire, Mount Flagon, Porthloo, St. Mary’s E. annderbyshire@hotmail.com  T. 01386 792065 www.samsononscilly.co.uk


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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.


★★★★ GOLD

– South facing traditional Scillonian cottage – Tastefully refurbished yet retaining many original features – Central location with private courtyard – A lovely base for families or couples sharing – Monday changeover

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. Ideal for couples or single travellers. Thursday changeover.

Samson at Mount Flagon


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £685-£1105 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £465-£665 PUPW

E. thetidesonscilly@gmail.com T. 01720422803 www.thetidesonscilly.co.uk G6

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No1 & No2 Porthcressa View 12 Silver Street


4 Rosevean House


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-4 | £430-£1130 PUPW

SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-6 | £739 – £1554 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. Mr M Littleford T. 01720 423102 www.4roseveanhouse.co.uk

– 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; 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. lesley@bradmill.freeuk.com T. 01923 270533 VisitEngland

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

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G.M. Osborne, Porthcressa, St. Mary’s T. 01720 422986 www.ardwyn-scilly.co.uk

Sue Richards T. 01720 422904 www.scillynumber6.co.uk




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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-6 | £650-£1450 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Feb-Dec | Sleeps 5 | £300-£1100 PUPW

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

Central location just 60 paces from Porthcressa Beach. King Size, twin and single cabin bedrooms. Modern nautical décor with a funky twist and an outdoor south facing courtyard. Welcome all ages. Saturday change over. Contribution to ‘Breast Cancer Now’ with every booking. T. 07905 845130 E. bikinitop.scilly@gmail.com www.bikinitop.co.uk



SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £550-£1350 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.

– Bedrooms: 2 Twin 1 Double – Very well equipped comfortable terraced 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


6 & 10 Harbour Lights


SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Nov | Sleeps 2 | £450-£570 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-6 | £450-£1100 PUPW

Bikini Top


E. jeremy@scillyrose.co.uk T. 01720 422078 www.scillyrose.co.uk D7



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Carnwethers Country House Cottages


SC | 4 Units | Mar-Nov | Sleeps 2-5 | £650-£1500 PUPW

Carnwethers is the perfect place for a peaceful and restful holiday on St Marys, just a 10 min bus ride or 35 min stroll through the nature trails into town. Set in an acre of 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 and laundry. Ideal for couples, families, walkers and wildlife lovers. Large group bookings for special events welcomed with exclusive use of facilities, call for details. Pelistry Bay, St. Mary’s TR21 0NX Mrs Rachel Knowles T. 01720 422723 M. 07989 567761 E. holiday@carnwethers.co.uk www.carnwethers.com



SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-10 | £860 – £2700 PUPW

Christmas House sleeps ten, situated on the Garrison, a family friendly property with beautiful views overlooking Peninnis Head and Hugh Town. Only eight minutes' walk to the quay, town and beaches. Holly Cottage sleeps four, situated on the Garrison, a dog and family friendly property overlooking Peninnis Head and Porthcressa Bay. Only eight minutes' walk to the quay, town and beaches. Jenni Burrows Garrison, St. Mary’s, TR21 0LS E. jenniaburrows1894@gmail.com T. 07789 892527 www.visitislesofscilly.com

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Light spacious first floor flat in quiet position behind museum in Church Street. Spacious lounge, kitchen diner, double bed, bathroom with electric shower. Friday changeover. Close to shops, beaches and amenities.

– 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 – Wednesday changeover

E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com

E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com




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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £870–£1775 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £475-£750 PUPW Sea views from every room. Tastefully modernised 1st floor apartment in quiet location next to Garrison Walls. Lounge/diner, kitchen, 2 shower rooms, 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. – Tuesday changeover

E. info@scilly-fairview.co.uk  T. 07974 139049 www.scilly-fairview.co.uk

E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com



SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £440-£635 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £705-£1645 PUPW

Fairview (5 Moonrakers)



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Lower Anchorage

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. ann@islesofscilly-selfcatering.com www.islesofscilly-selfcatering.com

– Beautiful, modern apartment right on the water’s edge – Expansive and uninterrupted sea views – Close to shops, restaurants and St Mary’s quay yet occupying peaceful harbour side location – Thursday changeover during season

★★★GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 5 | £660-£1,125 PUPW

Andrew Snowball E. asnowy@hotmail.com T. 07920 494974 / 01264 782582

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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £810-£1735 PUPW

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

E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com




Oystercatcher, 7 Godolphin House★★★★


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. Friday changeover.

Pednbean is a one bedroom flat with use of sunny garden set in peaceful surroundings, just a short walk away from the glorious north coast, close to sandy beaches, coastal paths and historical sites. Transport links close by.

E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com  T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com

Gill Osborne Pednbrose, Mcfarlands Down, St. Mary’s T. 01720 422986 E. withies@sailscilly.com

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £480-£995 PUPW


SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £430-£530 PUPW






SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £495 - £1250 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £450-£1000 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 very high standard, linen & Wifi included – Perfect location for a relaxing holiday Dave & Sarah Bulmer, The Bank, St. Mary’s T. 01720 422014 E. dave-bulmer@tiscali.co.uk www.pilotsgigflat.co.uk







SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £380-£625 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 – Friday changeover

Pilots Gig Flat



– 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. rosevearios@gmail.com T. 01720 422045



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Shamrock Cottages

Each cottage accommodates up to four adults and two children in two rooms each with a double and a single bed. In a quiet area with private patio and landscaped gardens. Small welcome pack provided. Electric provided. Free wi-fi. Dogs by prior arrangement - £40 per week.

Ideal central location for beaches, town, shops and launch boats. Overlooking tranquil park, you have uninterrupted views of the Garrison and Star Castle. Arthur and Hilary Miller E. hello@sericascilly.com T. 01720 422140 M. 07771 667544 www.sericascilly.com

Tracey Guy, Shamrock, High Lanes, St. Mary’s E. scillyhorse@hotmail.co.uk T. 01720 423269




The Crow’s Nest, 6 Spanish Ledge★★★★

The Hideaway

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

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

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £395-£635 PUPW

– Saturday changeover E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com  T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com



SC | 1 Unit |Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £420–£665 PUPW

5 Harbourlights, Thorofare, St. Mary’s E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com T. 01720 422431 www.sibleysonscilly.com

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SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £600-£950 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £950-£1600 PUPW



One the Wras



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £495-£775 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Dec | Sleeps 8 | £1600-£1850 PUPW

– Few minutes to sandy beaches, shops and quay – Seaviews and private rooftop terrace – Welcome basket, picnic equipment – USB Sockets, WiFi, Netflix, heated bathroom floor – Saturday changeover

– Large town house sleeps 8 – Easy access to shops and restaurants – Close to beaches – Handy for off island boats – View of harbour Mrs Rosemary Sharman E. info@treveanholidays.co.uk T. 01929 472181 day / 471210 evening www.treveanholidays.co.uk



E. lynnblackwell@live.co.uk T. 07881 620398 www.onethewras.co.uk E5



Sylina Self Catering

★★★★GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6/7 | £500-£2500 PUPW Sylina is the perfect place to stay for a relaxed, selfcatering get-away-from-itall holiday on St. Mary’s. Situated at the quieter north end of the island, it’s within striking distance of deserted beaches and wonderful coastal walks. Dog friendly, private secure garden.

Puffins arrive on the islands in April and leave in July. Take a boat trip out to Annet and the Western Rocks during these times.

Kate Hale, McFarland’s Down, St Mary’s TR21 0NS E. relax@sylina.co.uk T. 01720 422129 www.sylina.co.uk


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Peninnis Farm Lodges


SC | 7 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 5 | £575-£1445 PUPW – 2 bedrooms – double & triple room (max 5 guests) – Wood burner – Dishwasher – TV & WiFi – All linen and towels provided (inc beach towels) – Short breaks and low occupancy discounts available – Dogs welcome outside school holidays – Decked area with fire pit/BBQ Our custom designed wooden lodges are fully furnished with modern kitchens, comfortable bedrooms and stylish shower rooms. The farm enjoys a spectacular coastal backdrop with far reaching views to the horizon and is ideally located to enjoy and explore the magic of the islands. Hugh Town, the harbour and many of the island’s best beaches are just a 10 minute walk away. Children are welcome to collect their own eggs for breakfast with Farmer Dan and meet all the farm animals. Whether it’s a romantic retreat or a family adventure – we have an excellent farm holiday experience to offer!

Zenna May Peninnis Farm, St. Mary’s TR21 0NA E. enquiries@peninnis.co.uk M. 07584 655470 www.peninnisfarmlodges.co.uk


Sandpiper Holiday Apartments


★★★★GOLD | ★★★★

SC | 5 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-7 | £450-£2295 PUPW

Holiday in beautiful and superbly appointed self-catering apartments. – Beautiful holiday apartments equipped to the highest standards – Waterside locations (Hugh Town and Porthloo) – All bedrooms are en-suite – WiFi available throughout – Ideally located for boating, shops and restaurants – Owned, managed and serviced by a local resident family Our goal is to provide holiday homes that help enable our guests to relax and unwind in comfortable surroundings whilst enjoying all that Scilly has to offer. The apartments are situated in some of the finest locations on St. Mary’s, enjoying outstanding island views, including St. Mary’s harbour. Guests can enjoy easy access to St Mary’s quay and the islands restaurants, pubs and retail outlets. The apartments have complimentary WiFi access and come equipped with both washing and drying facilities. We believe that Sandpiper Apartments offer the best possible place to stay whilst you explore the islands. VisitEngland

Jill, Jon & Zenna May, Sandpiper Apartments, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0NA E. enquiries@sandpiper-scilly.co.uk T. 07584 655 470 www.sandpiper-scilly.co.uk





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Harbour Lights and Smugglers Ride

★★★★ | ★★★GOLD

SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 1-4 | £495-£1295 PUPW

– 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. Our weekend and out of season short breaks give you an ideal opportunity to enjoy our milder winters. Alternatively, storm watch from the comfort of your armchair as most flats have sea views. Alison Clifford T. 01202 722910 E. info@islesofscillyholidayflats.co.uk www.islesofscillyholidayflats.co.uk



★★★ ★★★★

SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps up to 6 | £400-£1500 PUPW

BEGGARS ROOST - Detached house in quiet location surrounded by gardens with fabulous views close to beach. Sleeps 6 and 1 dog by prior arrangement. 3 PORTH CRESSA - Modern terraced house, just a few steps away from the beach, sleeps 6 and 1 dog by prior arrangement. The properties are very different but both are conveniently placed for beaches, shops, restaurants, boats and walks with many returning visitors. Full details and video tour on our website below. We take bookings for 2021 from May 2020. Jill Peay, Men-A-Vaur, Main Street, Poundon, Bucks, OX27 9BB E. jpeay@btopenworld.com T. 01869 278926 www.beggarsroost-scilly.com



SC | 7 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £325-£510 PUPW Sleeps 6 | £800-£1300 PUPW

– 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 WiFi available – Open all year We have four flats at Albany and two at Thurleigh and a bungalow Waverley which sleeps six. Albany is in Church Street: a 200 year old house sympathetically converted into four flats. Thurleigh’s two ground floor flats are accessed from Porthcressa Road and a level walk from all amenities. Waverley is on Church Road with front and rear garden. Issy & Alfie Trenear, Thurleigh, Church Street, St. Mary’s, TR21 0JT E. itrenear@yahoo.co.uk T. 01720 422601 www.scillyflats.com WAVERLEY EXTRAS G6 F6 I6 VisitEngland


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Greystones 1, 2 and Cedar Cottage

SC | 3 Units | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 4-6 | £450-£1700 PUPW – Situated on the historic ★★★★ | ★★★ Garrison offering a perfect base for a peaceful stay on Scilly. – Excellent facilities and garden areas. – 10 minute walk from Hugh Town. – Stunning sea views from Cedar Cottage. – Dogs welcome in Greystones cottages. E. info@garrisonholidays.com T. 01720 422670 www.garrisonholidays.com



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Scilly Self Catering SC | 53 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-7


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Let us 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 have the perfect accommodation for you. We offer expert advice to help you choose your ideal holiday home. We provide the largest selection of holiday homes on St. Mary’s. We cater for all tastes and budgets. We can also organise your travel to the islands.

★★★★ | ★★★★★

4 - 5 star holiday homes An Treath Bay Tree Cottage Beach Moorings The Cabin, The Bank Far Horizon, Pentland 4 1 Minalto 2 Minalto

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

3 Minalto 4 Minalto Tean Verona Escallonia 4 Silver Street The Cabin, Pentland 1

Sleeps 2 Sleeps 2 Sleeps 2 Sleeps 6 Sleeps 6 Sleeps 6 Sleeps 2

Avoca, Hoopers Church Hall Cottage Trevessa Manilla 2 Prospect Flat 2 Spanish Ledge 3 Spanish Ledge 5 Spanish Ledge Safe Harbour White Cottage White Cottage Flat

Sleeps 2 Sleeps 5

★★★ | ★★★GOLD

3 star holiday homes Altamira Ground Flat Altamira Top Flat Anchor Cottage Armorel Cottage 2 Buccabu Jasmine Cottage Lower Ganilly 4 Myrtle Cottages 4 Spanish Ledge 1 Springfield Court Avoca, An Tigeen

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


1 - 2 star holiday homes Lifeboat View Merrick Porthlow Chalet 1 Porthlow Chalet 2 3 Prospect Flat 3 Buccabu Seaview Moorings 1-5 Sunny Creek 14 Silver Street

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

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Tremellyn Vean Watermill Barpoint Gulls Way Trefusis 2 Godolphin Street The Annexe, Pier House Pier House

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Scilly Self Catering Back Lane, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JR E. enquiries@scillyselfcatering.com

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Seaways Farm Holiday Homes

★★★★ | ★★★

SC | 5 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-5 | £500-£1475 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, 2 properties with big gardens – 4 Cottages adjacent to the popular Juliet’s Garden Restaurant (WiFi available) – Children and Dogs Welcome/Centrally heated for winter holidays. – Broadband available in all properties (except Summer House) Our converted farm buildings are beautifully restored. Choose from The Loft, Orchid, Barley or Summer Houses, which are all a fifteen minute walk from Hugh Town, or choose Standing Stone, set in rugged isolation at Bant’s Carn, which is a 40 minute stroll to the quay. 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. office@seawaysfarmholidayhomes.co.uk T. 01720 422845 www.seawaysfarmholidayhomes.co.uk



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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-3 | £490-£770 PUPW

Bounty Ledge


★★★ GOLD

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-6 | £575-£1250 PUPW Fully equipped, spacious maisonette at a beachside location. Fantastic sea views, with a panoramic view of St Mary’s harbour. Three bedrooms, double, single and a twin with a fold up bed. Shops, beaches and quay all within a few minutes walk. Mrs Jackman T. 01720 422124 E. info@scillonianpropertiesltd.com www.scillonianpropertiesltd.com

– Spacious flat, centrally situated – Near beaches, good views – Underfloor heating, non-smoking


Godolphin House is a modern block of nine selfcontained 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. VisitEngland

Mrs. A. S. Hogg Church Road, St. Mary’s TR21 0NB E. scillyholidays@btconnect.com T. 02476 450455 T. 07875 849427

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Jolly Rock View (2 Moonrakers) ★★★GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £666-£1010 PUPW Enjoy the harbour and lighthouse views from this light and spacious 2 bedroomed apartment. In a quiet position by the historic Garrison walls yet close to shops, restaurants, beaches and the quay for exploring the other islands and wildlife trips. Jolly Rock View, 2 Moonrakers, Garrison Lane, St Mary’s, TR21 0JF E. enquiries@come2scilly.com T. 01720 423523 www.come2scilly.com




ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

Kirklees Holiday Flat


SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £550 PUPW


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £410-£515 PUPW

A 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 Wednesday. Free WiFi.

– Town centre studio – Thoughtfully refurbished – Ideal base for a couple or single traveller – Small, but perfectly formed! – Thursday changeover

T. 01720 422623 E. kirkleesholidayflat@btconnect.com www.stayatkirklees.co.uk

T. 01720 422431 E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com

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SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £310-£580 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. Julie Havlin, Church Street, St. Mary’s TR21 0JT E. jhavlin@hotmail.com T. 01720 422377 www.trelawney-ios.co.uk

Good to know Scilly is great for dogs, with ample coastal and inland walks. Please note that they are not permitted on Porthcressa Beach, Porthmellon Beach or Old Town Beach from May to September. Dogs must be kept on leads on Tresco.



SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-12 | £400-£1270 PUPW

– Ideally placed close to Porthmellon Beach – Double-fronted property with shared gardens – Spacious, excellently furnished and 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 | £490-£695 PUPW

– Attractive cottage near Porthcressa Beach – Centrally situated – Comfortable and cosy, non-smoking – WiFi 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.

Careful owners of dogs welcome by prior arrangement in the House and Chalet (but not Flat) Porthmellon, St. Mary’s E. 2bayviewterrace@gmail.com T. 07999 856128 www.2bayviewterrace.com

Mrs. A. S. Hogg St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0HX E. scillyholidays@btconnect.com T. 02476 450455 T. 07875 849427




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ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

Aft Cabin


SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £365-£650 PUPW

Ajax is a superb flat, accommodating four people. Perfectly situated just a stroll from Hugh Town, Ajax has stunning, panoramic views across Town Beach, out towards Tresco and the off islands. Regularly used by the owners, Ajax is maintained to high standards, and includes a modern fitted kitchen and bathroom.

Sarah McBride E. aftcabinholidays@gmail.com  T. 07867314792 / 01720 423162

T. 0208 6589426 E. ajaxholidays@gmail.com www.ajaxholidays.co.uk




Captain’s Cabin




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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £300-£595 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £250-£630 PUPW

A light, airy one bedroom studio loft apartment, in the heart of Hugh Town. With stunning views over Town Beach and St. Mary’s harbour to the front, and Porthcressa Beach to the rest. Ideally located on Church Street, St. Mary’s, just a one minute walk from the beach.

– Central, modern furnished first floor flat – Sleeps 4, double and twin bedrooms – Lounge/diner, shower room Flat 1, Spanish Ledge, Hugh Town, St. Mary’s E. clarepascoe@hotmail.co.uk T. 01872 271387 M. 07735 205566

James Knight  T. 07773 481662 E. kenwyn4@outlook.com




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SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-5 | £400-£1050 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £650-£700 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.

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.

Jane Chiverton, Kistvaen Flat, St. Mary’s TR21 0JE E. chivy4002@gmail.com  T. 01720 422002 www.kistvaen.co.uk

Penny Rogers T. 01720 423077 E. info@lunnonfarm.co.uk www.lunnonfarm.co.uk



Captain’s Cabin, Rams Valley, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0JT E. peggyrowe123@gmail.com  T. 01720 422966 www.captainscabinscilly.co.uk

Liz Osborne E. bluehunter@sailscilly.com  T. 01720 423066



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

– WiFi – Centrally located for shops, restaurants and beaches – Children welcome – Close to quay for all your boating needs – Friday changeover

Kistvaen Flat

dopQstuvwx5WVT SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Nov | Sleeps 2-4 | £500-£830 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Nov | Sleeps 4 | £525-£900 PUPW

Flat 1, Spanish Ledge


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £525-£825 PUPW

A well-equipped 1 bedroom flat. Peaceful, sunny location, 2 minutes’ walk from town beach, shops and quay. Table and chairs available on a south facing sun deck, the perfect hideaway for guests.

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ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

Minmow Holiday Flats



Relax in a tranquil country location. Close to Bants Carn, Bar Point and golf course. Bus stop 2 minutes’ walk. Restaurants 15 minutes.

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. Mr. K. Simpson, The Strand, St. Mary’s T. 01720 422561 E. dksimpson@hotmail.com www.minmow.co.uk

Jane Lishman McFarlands Down, St. Mary’s TR21 0NS T. 01720 422897 www.morgelyn.co.uk

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SC | 2 Units | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2-4 | £380-£480 PUPW

SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £325-£500 PUPW



SC | 2 Units | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2-6 | £350-£850 PUPW

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SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £820–£925 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 and 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.

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

Mrs M.C. Feast 1 Little Porth, Hugh Town, St. Mary’s T. 01527 893619 www.pennlyon.co.uk






Revenue Cutter, No 9 Harbour Lights★★★

Riviera House ‘Top Flat’

– 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 minute walk to beach, 5 minutes’ to quay – Highchair and travel cot available Chris & Debbie Etheridge T. 07977 175677 www.islesofscilly-holidays.co.uk

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

AK Athawes E. aathawes@convar.co.uk  T. 01634 290210 www.stayonscilly.co.uk




SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-6 | £395-£1350 PUPW


Seascape, 1 Moonrakers

The Mizzen, Harbour Lights

A two bedroomed apartment with breathtaking panoramic sea views. In a quiet location below the Garrison wall, but close to the quay, beaches, restaurants, pubs and shops. Visit England’s Gold Award for ‘exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service’.

–Excellent location – Direct access to town and beach – Free WiFi – Laundry facilities available. Linen and towels provided Deborah Smith Harbour Lights, Hugh Town, St. Mary’s, TR21 0LN T. 01326 373921 E. themizzenscilly@btinternet.com

★★★GOLD SC | 1 Unit | Feb-Nov | Sleeps 4 | £630-£955 PUPW

E. enquiries@scillyselfcatering.com T. 01720 422082 scillyselfcatering.com/Property.aspx?itemid=282





SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 3 | £430-£730 PUPW




ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

2 Silver Street

2 Rosevean House

– Luxury, stylish, centrally located 4 bedroom accommodation – Very spacious throughout – Patio area and south facing balcony – Two large bathrooms and downstairs loo – A few minutes’ walk from beaches and quay

– Located in a quiet area just outside of town – A modern, spacious and well-equipped first floor flat – Convenient for beaches, town and harbour – Free WiFi – Sleeps up to 4, perfect for couples, families or friends

Richard and Ann Tudor T. 07795 322242 www.silverstreetscilly.co.uk

Sonia Crompton E. sonia_crompton@yahoo.com T. 01720 422854

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Sep | Sleeps 8 | £1000-£2500 PUPW



IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | May-Sep | Sleeps 4 | £500-£720 PUPW



4 Golden Bay Mansions

6 Harbour View Mansions IOSAAS APPROVED

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

A spacious, airy second floor flat with stunning views across the harbour and to Morning Point. An ideal island exploring base for families or friends to share, under 5 minutes to shops and beaches. All towels, linen and bathrobes provided.

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £400-£1300 PUPW

T. 01720 422510 E. goldenbay@selfcateringinscilly.co.uk www.selfcateringinscilly.co.uk



SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Nov | Sleeps 4 | £670-£1010 PUPW

Fiona Maybrey E. dmaybrey@btinternet.com  T. 01720 423344



6 Myrtle Cottages

10 The Strand

– Fully equipped, spacious house with a real home from home feeling. – Three bedrooms, double (sea views), large twin and small twin all with fitted wardrobes. – Quiet area, but perfectly placed for beaches, quay and amenities.

– Panoramic sea views, overlooking the beach. – 200 yr old characterful fisherman’s cottage with courtyard garden. – 5 minute walk to local shops and restaurants. – Fully equipped kitchen, TV, WiFi, DVD etc. – Dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6-7 | £500-£1050 PUPW

Alison King, Longstone Farm, St. Mary’s, TR21 0NW E. alisonguy@hotmail.co.uk T. 01720 422895


IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £600-£1600 PUPW

Tracy Murray T. 07941 975670 www.10thestrand.co.uk S7




Beaches & Lemon Tree IOSAAS APPROVED

– Aldersyde is an immaculately presented, attractive 3 bedroom granite cottage – Full of period features and comfortably furnished – Yards from Town Beach – Close to amenities – Spacious living areas including lounge, 2 dining areas, conservatory and sunny courtyard E. aldersydeonscilly@gmail.com T. 01720 423474 www.aldersydeonscilly.com

– Both properties have stunning sea views and private decking area – Spacious and well-equipped – Quiet and convenient location – All linen, towels, electricity and central heating (Beaches) included – Use of indoor swimming pool at Bell Rock (Mar-Oct)

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £550-£1900 PUPW

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SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-6 | £395-£1945 PUPW

E. beachesandlemontree@hotmail.co.uk T. 07766 822180 www.beachesandlemontree.co.uk G6



ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

Bell Rock Flat

Bylet Holiday Homes

– Beds can be made up as a twin or super king – Use of heated indoor swimming pool at Bell Rock Hotel – 100 metres from Porthcressa Beach – Saturday changeover – WiFi, electricity and linen Included

Don and Judi look forward to welcoming you to wellappointed 1st floor accommodation with distant sea views and garden. Low season short breaks available, advice for travel.

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £450-£875 PUPW

D. Williams The Bylet, Church Rd, St. Mary’s TR21 0NA E. bylet@hotmail.co.uk  T. 01720 422479 www.byletholidays.com

E. contact@bellrockhotel.co.uk T. 01720 422575 www.bellrockhotel.co.uk


IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £345-£610 PUPW



Chy Carn

Clarence House

– Luxury extremely well appointed five bedroom house – Spectacular views, perfect location, large garden. – Monday changeover – Minutes from beaches, town, quay and coast walks

– Attractive period house located close to the centre of town. Thursday changeover. – Private sunny walled courtyard – Ideal for large family groups or 2 families sharing – Benefits from a ground floor bedroom – A great location for a Scilly holiday

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 10 | £1850-£3065 PUPW

Hospital Lane, St. Mary’s www.sibleysonscilly.com E. enquiries@sibleysonscilly.com T. 01720 422431  



IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 8 | £930-£2010 PUPW

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Clemy’s Cottage

Colossus Apartment, Warleggan

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.

– Sunny ground floor IOSAAS APPROVED apartment sleeping 2 guests – Close to beaches, harbour and coastal path – Private sun deck – Quiet location – Level 2 min walk into Hugh Town

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6 | £800-£1350 PUPW

E. tean1@hotmail.co.uk T. 07837 291285

Hannah Cattran E. cattrandevelopments@live.com www.clemyscottage.co.uk


SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £550-£655 PUPW


Isles of Scilly Country House Flats



Eagle Flat, Warleggan

SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 7 | £650-£1500 PUPW

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £475-£595 PUPW

The two flats are nestled IOSAAS APPROVED in the countryside near Watermill/Pelistry beaches. Both are appointed to a very high standard, with either a large garden or balcony/ seaview. Each sleeps up to 7 people and can be combined for a larger group.

Lovely spacious ground floor studio apartment in quiet Hugh Town location. Beaches nearby. Shops and quay just a short walk away. Comfortably furnished. King size bed. Full-size bath with shower. Separately partitioned galley kitchen area. Free WiFi and USB charging point. Shared courtyard garden.

Sabine Schraudolph T. 01720 422440 www.scillycountryhouse.com

T. 01720 423523 E. enquiries@come2scilly.com www.come2scilly.com

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ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

Fisherman’s Arms, 7 Smugglers Ride

‘Flatlet’ Church Street

– First floor apartment located on, and with direct access to, Town Beach, with views over the harbour – Book Tuesday – Tuesday – Linen and towels included in price – Free WiFi available for visitors

– Ground floor studio flat, central location – Private patio garden – Laundry facilities – Free WiFi – Visit our website for details, vacancies and prices

SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2-3 | £500-£640 PUPW IOSAAS APPROVED

Mrs Jackman Maritime House, St. Mary’s E. info@scillonianpropertiesltd.com T. 01720 422124 www.scillonianpropertiesltd.com

Angela Walker, Bute Lodge, 182 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AD T. 020 8940 9808 E. bute.lodge@btinternet.com



SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £445-£460 PUPW




Harry’s Lookout

Island View Holiday Home IOSAAS APPROVED

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. Mr P Lethbridge, Garrison Hill, Hugh Town, St Mary’s E. peterm.lethbridge@hotmail.co.uk T. 01720 422245

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



IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-4 | £875-£1075 PUPW



IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £500-£950 PUPW Bright, spacious and airy flat. Situated ten minutes’ walk from town, near Porthmellon Beach. Sleeps four in two double, en-suite bedrooms. A balcony runs the length of the property with views of the sea, islands and Lower Moors. Belinda Lawrence T. 07922 038119 E. belinda293@btinternet.com



Schiller Holiday Suites

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 2 Units | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £495-£695 PUPW – Changeover day Saturday or Monday – Modern, spacious accommodation for 2 people – Luxurious bathrooms – WiFi in all rooms – 10 minutes’ walk from beaches and the quay


Debbie Edwards T. 01720 422955 E. benrockyhill@yahoo.com www.islandviewscilly.co.uk K2

Lyonnesse House

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 5 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-4 | £430-£1050 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

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 online availability can be found on our website. Mrs M Woodcock, Lyonnesse House, Strand, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0PS E. lyonnesse-scilly@hotmail.co.uk T. 01720 422113 www.lyonnesse-scilly.co.uk

Sarah McBride E. schillerholidaysuites@gmail.com T. 01720 423162 M. 07867 314792


SC | 1 Unit | May-Sep | Sleeps 4 | £750-£1060 PUPW




ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

Little Avalon

Quarter Deck

– Stunning view – Comfortable accommodation – Private garden – Easy access to quiet beach, town and coastal footpaths – Friendly neighbours

– Spacious two level apartment in Grade II listed town house – Private south facing courtyard – Central to amenities and 150m to beaches – Professionally serviced providing towels and linen for twin or super-king – Complimentary superfast WiFi, Freesat TV.

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £597-£955 PUPW

Susan and Murray Hodgson Little Avalon, Thomas Porth, St. Mary’s T. 01720 422641 E. suebhodgson@gmail.com


IOSAAS APPROVED SC | Sleeps 2 | Jan-Dec | £455-£630 PUPW

E. quarterdecktudor@gmail.com  T. 07768 205087 www.quarterdeck-scilly.co.uk T5


Rocky Hill Chalets

Santamana Suite

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

– Stunning, well-appointed, self-contained suite with private patio – Sea views over Porthmellon Beach and out to Old Town Bay – Large en-suite bedroom – Spacious kitchenette/ sitting room – Great location, close to all amenities

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 2 Units | May-Oct | Sleeps 4 | £470–£720 PUPW

Debbie Edwards T. 01720 422955 E. benrockyhill@yahoo.com www.islandviewscilly.co.uk


IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Nov | Sleeps 2 | £500-£595 PUPW

Sonia Fletcher, Santamana, Jacksons Hill, St. Mary’s T. 01720 423024 E. santamana.scilly@gmail.com U5



Strand House

IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 10 | £1000–£2800 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. Saturday changeover.

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Euan Rodger T. 07799 706573 E. stay@strandhousestmarys.com www.strandhousestmarys.com

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Schiller Warleggan

Self catering holiday flats, sleeping four, four and two persons, open from Easter to October. Located in the centre of St. Mary’s, one mile from Hugh Town. Pleasant walks in all directions to beaches, coastal footpaths, nature trails and moorland.

– Modern apartment in the heart of Hugh Town – Equipped with a super king bed – Ground floor flat with French doors to communal garden – All linen, beach towels, bathrobes and WiFi provided

SC | 3 Units | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 1-4 | £360-£750 PUPW

E. scillyonion@hotmail.co.uk  T. 01720 422903 www.sunnysideflats.co.uk



IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Apr-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £450-£550 PUPW

Tina Hayes E. schillerwarleggan@outlook.com M. 07919 657865 V5




ST. MARY'S – Self Catering

The Crow’s Nest, Smuggler’s Ride

4 Bay View Terrace, Cove & Teeki

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

– Charming coastal IOSAAS APPROVED cottages beside Porthmellon beach – Convenient for town, harbour, coast and country walks. – Sea views (except Cove) – Enclosed gardens – Family owned, managed and serviced

SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-6 | £220-£1700 PUPW

SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 1-2 | £250-£580 PUPW

Stella Carter T. 01235 520317 E. stella@bakehouse.supanet.com 



E. hannahscilly@gmail.com T. 07974 438172 www.bayviewcove.co.uk www.scillyhouse.co.uk



Lew’s Place

The Barn

– Stunning views of the beach, harbour and up to Tresco – 2 large bedrooms, one king size with sea view and one twin or super king – Well equipped kitchen – Wednesday changeover

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

IOSAAS PENDING SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £600-£1000 PUPW

Sonia Fletcher 1 Harbour View Mansions, Thorofare, St Mary’s, TR21 OLN E. lewsplace1hv@gmail.com T. 01720 423024

IOSAAS PENDING SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £480-£775 PUPW

Louise Parker E. louiseandrich@hotmail.co.uk T. 01720 422594 www.scillyselfcaterthebarn.webs.com



Mount Flagon House

The View, Harbour Gaze

IOSAAS PENDING SC | 1 Unit | Feb-Nov | Sleeps 2 | £1000-£1750 PUPW


IOSAAS PENDING SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 2 | £450-£800 PUPW

- 1 bed detached house in private gardens - En-suite bedroom - Quiet location - Kitchen, lounge, conservatory - Modern, 5 star standard Ron & Jan Crawford E. info@mfhscilly.co.uk   T. 07899870568 www.mfhscilly.co.uk

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IOSAAS PENDING SC | 1 Unit | Mar-Oct | Sleeps 6 | £650-£1200 PUPW - Fantastic harbour views - Central location in St. Mary's - 3 double bedrooms - Recently refurbished

The View, Harbour Gaze, is a detached and very private studio suite with separate bedroom that can be either a twin or super double. Superb views, five minutes walk to the quay and town and restaurants. Wifi included as well as a welcome pack, beach towels and a private decking and superb gardens for you to enjoy. – Stunning views – Welcome pack including tea, coffee, sugar, fresh milk, fruit cake and a bottle of wine – Free wifi – Fresh flowers for your stay

Nic Boyd Flat 1, The Watch House, St. Mary's E. nicboyd4@gmail.com www.scillywatchhouse.co.uk

Bridget Larn The View, Harbour Gaze, Buzza Hill Road, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly E. bridget@theview-scilly.co.uk M. 01720 423679 www.theview-scilly.co.uk



- Literally on the beach!



TRESCO – Self Catering

Flying Boat Cottages, Tresco


SC | 12 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 6-10 | £2275-£6835 PUPW

You couldn’t stay closer to the water’s edge if you tried. These beautiful New England-style beachfront cottages provide luxurious selfcatering accommodation with stunning sea views; most provide direct beach access. – Gorgeous, contemporary cottages right on the beach – Balconies and terraces for long summer days and wood burners for cosy winter nights – Includes access to the Tresco Island Spa facilities and Tresco Abbey Garden This lovely clutch of beachfront cottages takes its name from the seaplane base sited here a century ago. Today, whilst mindful of their history, the cottages provide contemporary seafront luxury with oak flooring, wood burning stoves, original artwork, WiFi, satellite television and spa facilities located right on the doorstep. The most dazzling aspect of these cottages, though, is their outlook as uninterrupted views across New Grimsby Harbour lead the eye to Bryher, Samson and the distant Bishop Rock lighthouse.


Tresco Island Office, Tresco TR24 0QQ E. contactus@tresco.co.uk T. 01720 422849 www.tresco.co.uk



Sea Garden Cottages, Tresco


SC | B&B | 9 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-4 | £305-£405 PUPN SC | 16 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-10 | £1095-£7345 PUPW

Designed with their incredible outlook in mind, these stylish cottages perched on Tresco’s eastern fringe make the most of their location with dazzling views and the ultimate in waterfront luxury. Choose from romantic one bedroom apartments offering open plan livng and dining with private terraces and balconies or large cottages sleeping up to ten people - perfect for sharing with family and friends. – Stylish, spacious and luxurious cottages sleeping up to ten people – On the water’s edge with panoramic sea views from picture windows – On site leisure facilities with indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym and tennis courts – Moments from beautiful beaches, Tresco sailing school and the Ruin Beach Café With stylish interiors and picture windows making the most of the dreamy sea views, these are seriously special holiday homes in the most spectacular location. Calming colour palettes, original artwork, solid oak flooring, WiFi, satellite television and log burning stoves in the larger cottages make these the ultimate escape. Tresco Island Office, Tresco, Isles of Scilly, TR24 0QQ E. contactus@tresco.co.uk T. 01720 422849 www.tresco.co.uk/staying



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Traditional Cottages, Tresco


SC | 65 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-10 | £840-£12,500 PUPW

Each one completely unique and full of character and charm, these traditional cottages are scattered across the island. Many enjoy breathtaking sea views whilst others nestle in peaceful, secluded countryside spots. – From one bedroom traditional fishermen’s cottages to beautifully decorated characterful houses for up to 10 people – Many cottages enjoy unrivalled sea views; others enjoy wonderfully tranquil countryside locations – Includes access to Tresco Island Spa facilities with indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym and tennis courts Our traditional cottages have the history of the island at their heart, making each one unique. Choose from welcoming coastal hideaways, idyllic woodland retreats or cosy country cottages overlooking the rolling pasture at the centre of the island. Every cottage has been carefully restored, providing all the modern comforts but without detracting from the individual character that makes the cottage special. All cottages include WiFi, with many featuring satellite television and wood burning stoves.

Tresco Island Office, Tresco, Isles of Scilly, TR24 0QQ E. contactus@tresco.co.uk T. 01720 422849 www.tresco.co.uk/staying


New Inn, Tresco


B&B | 16 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £175-£265 PRPN

The New Inn is our comfortable and cosy island pub. Offering award-winning accommodation, food and drink, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind into island life. – Ensuite Bed & Breakfast accommodation by the night, or for longer breaks – Enjoy the bustling bar or relax in the welcoming Residents’ Lounge – New for 2020: includes access to the Tresco Island spa & leisure facilities with indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna & steam room – Occasional live music, ale and cider festivals All our rooms are light and airy; many enjoy sea views across the harbour. Little treats like freshly ground coffee, homemade biscuits and REN toiletries make our rooms the perfect retreat. Savour our hearty Cornish breakfast before exploring the beautiful private island of Tresco, or meander along the harbour front to the Tresco Island Spa facilities, now included for New Inn guests from 2020. Our accommodation quality has been recognised by the AA and Visit England; our food and drink by the AA, CAMRA and the Michelin Guide. Tresco Island Office, Tresco TR24 0QQ E. contactus@tresco.co.uk T. 01720 422849 www.tresco.co.uk





ST. MARTIN'S – Hotel

Karma St. Martin’s


HO | HB | 30 Rooms | 15 Ground floor rooms | Apr-Oct | £75-£300 PPPN

Karma St. Martin’s is a stone’s throw from the beach and a world apart from everyday life. The 30-bedroom hotel on St. Martin’s island features stunning views across the Isles of Scilly, and a 2 Rosette awarded restaurant. – Choose from 30 bedrooms (twin or king) including ocean views, family connecting rooms and suites. – Al fresco dining in sub-tropical gardens, or relax by the fire of an evening.

Karma St. Martin’s is the perfect holiday destination for those searching for peace, tranquillity and an abundance of natural beauty at their fingertips.

Blending luxury and comfort with breathtaking views of the neighbouring islands, the hotel is family and pet friendly, just metres from white sand beaches with – Wine Lounge with ‘Wine Emotion’ Dispensing Machine pure turquoise waters. – Day visitors welcome, with a Restaurant & Bar serving Snorkel with Atlantic Grey seals, dine al fresco in breakfast, lunch, all-day snacks and dinner, take away subtropical gardens and relax with a Karma Spa options available. treatment. – Ultimate library collection and vinyl record collection.

– Award-winning pet-friendly V.I.Pet Hotel, with pet menu available.



Step off the island boat onto our own private quay; you’ve arrived, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome you. Paradise awaits at Karma St. Martin’s…

Scott Fisher Karma St. Martin’s, Lower Town, St. Martin’s, Isles of Scilly, TR25 0QW E. reception@karmastmartins.com T. +44 1720 422 368 www.karmastmartins.com

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

Polreath Guest House


B&B | 3 Rooms | Apr-Sep | £65-£70 PPPN

A Scilly Fact

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. Guest evening meals Fri. Mon. Thurs. Locally renowned Tea Room.

At the lowest tides the sea becomes shallow enough for people to walk between some of the islands...  visitislesofscilly.com

E. sjpolreath@aol.com T. 01720 422046

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SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £700-£2300 PUPW

Churchtown Farm ★★★★ | ★★★★GOLD SC | 2 Units | Feb-Nov | Sleeps 3-6 | £540-£1555 PUPW

– 2 minutes from Lower Town Quay, beach, hotel and local pub – Amenities beyond the standard expected – Quality bedding, towels, robes and beach towels – Personal service - meet and greet, pre-arrival collection of provisions – South facing decking with sunbeds, teak table, chairs and large parasol

Set in the heart of Highertown with fabulous views across Scilly. The cottages are furnished in a relaxed, comfortable, modern style and are double glazed and heated throughout - perfect for spring and autumn breaks.

Dawn Bradford St. Martin’s, TR25 0QW M. 07379 119035 E. info@stmartinsselfcatering.com

E. info@scillyflowers.co.uk  T. 01720 422169 www.churchtownfarmholidays.co.uk



Middletown Stable

Merrions Holiday Cottage & Chalet


SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £300-£790 PUPW

– Warm and cosy all year round – Sheltered garden – All linen and towels provided – Washing machine and tumble dryer Jo Williams E. moonshadowdiving@yahoo.co.uk www.middletownscilly.co.uk

★★★★ | ★★★

SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4 | £425-£750 PUPW Cedarwood chalet and traditional granite cottage. Both modernised to a high standard. Large private gardens and breathtaking views to the South across Highertown Bay. Two mins to nearest beaches and amenities. Comfortable and well appointed. A warm welcome awaits you. Val Thomas www.stmartinsvineyard.co.uk T. 01720 423418 E. valandgraham@hotmail.co.uk



Carron Farm Self-Catering Holidays

The Stables, St. Martin’s

– Stunning sea views from IOSAAS APPROVED all three properties – Two traditional granite cottages and one Scillonian chalet – Beaches just two minutes’ walk away – Each property has its own garden – Linen included

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.

SC | 3 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 4-5 | £510-£730 PUPW

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

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IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 2 Units | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2-4 | £645-£1325 PUPW

E. john@sharkbayfilms.com T. 01326 563811 www.thestables-stmartins.uk


BRYHER | ST. AGNES– Hotel / Self Catering

Hell Bay Hotel


HO | 25 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £95-£320 B&B PPPN

Comfort, beauty, peace and seclusion. The stylish and relaxed award-winning Hell Bay Hotel is the highest rated hotel on Scilly and stands on the western shores of Bryher, surrounded by white sandy beaches. – 3 Rosette restaurant – Treatment room – Outdoor heated pool – Sauna and Jacuzzi

– Seasonal pop-up Crab Shack – Yoga Studio – Captivating sea views – 3 par golf and tennis court

Hell Bay is a haven for relaxation with handsomelyappointed rooms and fine cuisine complimented by one of the most established private art collections in the South West; New England and the Caribbean meets Cornwall. The head chef uses local, seasonal and regional ingredients to create classic combinations of fresh, uncluttered flavours. During the summer months, the pop-up Crab Shack offers the freshest crab from local waters along with scallops and mussels. Early booking is essential.


Hell Bay, Bryher TR23 0PR E. contactus@hellbay.co.uk T. 01720 422947 www.hellbay.co.uk



IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 8 | £1300-£5000 PUPW A fantastic 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. 07927 421268 E. moyatosh@gmail.com www.chaffordonscilly.co.uk

A Scilly Fact The Isles of Scilly is home to the smallest football league in the world, just two teams - The Garrison Gunners and the Woolpack Wanderers!  visitislesofscilly.com

PfnqrstuwxYWUTK Troytown Farm Cottages IOSAAS APPROVED SC | 3 Units | Sleeps 2-5 |Jan-Dec | £430-£1075 PUPW

ACCOMMODATION ON SCILLY Search more than 300 accommodation options Visit the official website  visitislesofscilly.com

Troytown Farm has three holiday cottages located at the heart of the farm, on the breathtaking Atlantic coast. St. Agnes is a tiny, unspoilt, friendly island community; the perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday at any time of the year. Laura Hicks E. stay@troytown.co.uk T. 01720 422360 www.troytown.co.uk

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ST. MARY'S – Alternative Accommodation

GLAMPING & HOSTELS If you're looking for alternative accommodation or somewhere different to stay, Scilly now offers hostel accommodation, shepherd huts and farm lodges as well as special, away-from-itall retreats. Whether you opt to hunker down or glam it up - the choice on Scilly is growing!

95 Watermill


AA | 1 Unit | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 2 | £650-£800 PUPW

95 Watermill is a luxury shepherd hut hideaway providing a magical, romantic escape. Nestled in its own secluded garden, near some of the most breathtaking beaches on the islands, 95 combines luxury with minimal impact on its special environment. Gareth O’Neill T. 07760 661627 E. 95watermill@gmail.com



Longstone Lodge

IOSAAS APPROVED AA | 9 Rooms | Jan-Dec | Sleeps 25 | £28-£40 PPPN Offering all year round hostel accommodation on St. Mary’s. Ensuite singles, twins and 4 person. Family 5 and 6 beds. Shared six bed dorm. Optional extra child beds. Accessible shower/ WC. Communal kitchen and lounge/diner. Guest laundry room. Whole hostel booking available. Book online from only £28pppn. T. 01720 422410 E. longstonelodge@yahoo.com www.longstonelodge.co.uk

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Bryher Campsite


CS | Apr-Sep | £11.50 PPPN (Under 4s free) Bell Tents | Sleeps 5 | £350-£565 PUPW

Get back to basics or go fully catered: camping on Scilly is a treat. Nights under canvas beneath the twinkling stars doesn’t get any better!

– Telegraph & i Newspaper’s Top Coastal Campsite – Stunning ocean views, spacious fields and a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere – Bring your own tent or rent a fully-equipped Bell Tent – Moments from the beach

Garrison Campsite - St. Mary’s

CS | 120 Units | Mar-Oct | £11.50-£13.60 PPPN min. 3 nights Readi-Tents | Sleeps 2/4 | From £165/£275 for 3 nights – A peaceful site with views across Porthcressa. – Various size fields offering space, shelter and level pitches. – A relaxing holiday base to explore the Islands. – Fully equipped, ready erected family tents to hire. – Excellent facilities including electric hook-ups. E. info@garrisonholidays.com T. 01720 422670 www.garrisonholidays.com

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CS | 50 Pitches | Apr-Sept | £11.50-£12.50 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, cafes and bistros, 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. camping@stmartinscampsite.co.uk T. 01720 422888 www.stmartinscampsite.co.uk



Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Cromwell’s Castle, Bryher Campsite is the perfect base for exploring Scilly. This friendly little site offers excellent facilities, five spacious camping fields, a separate games field and an easy luggage transport service from the quay. Bryher’s beautiful beaches, rugged clifftops, shop, gallery, pub, boat hire and honesty stalls are all within a short walk. “You might find yourself coming back forever” – MoyaW29, TripAdvisor Jo & Tom Matthews Jenford, Bryher, Isles of Scilly, TR23 0PR E. relax@bryhercampsite.co.uk T. 01720 422068 www.bryhercampsite.co.uk

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CS | Mar-Oct | £10.25 PPPN Bell Tents | 5 Units | Sleeps 4 | £350-£515 PUPW

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 water’s edge, the campsite enjoys incredible panoramic views of the ocean. For truly carefree camping, fullyequipped 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. stay@troytown.co.uk T. 01720 422360 www.troytown.co.uk VisitEngland














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A great big thank you to all of the Scillonians and friends of Scilly who have modelled, written, proofread, ferried, guided, taken great photos and given permission to use others, dug deep and bent over backwards to make our beautiful guide possible. Buying local is as important as ever and our marketing, creative and production teams are all based in Scilly and Cornwall. We have tried hard to make sure the information in this guide, including the adverts, is accurate. Sorry, but the Islands’ Partnership can’t accept any liability for errors, omissions, or any inconvenience you may have been put to as a result.

Photo credits Adj Brown Aerial Cornwall Aiden Hicks Anthony Greenwood Bruce Frank Carolyn Garman Chris Hall Duchy Cottages Gareth Tibbs Isles of Scilly Travel James Darling Photography Jen Rogers Photography Karma St. Martin’s


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Kath Watson Katharine Sawyer Lisa Houston Lizzie Churchill Matt Cardy Megan Gallacher Melissa Hemsley PT Creative Rachel Greenlaw Rough Island Band Tanglewood Kitchen Tim Allsop Tresco Island Will Wagstaff

Design & production Wolf Rock Marketing Editor Carolyn Garman Cover illustration Nick Hayes Print Deltor, using vegetable based inks on paper from a sustainable FSC certified source.

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Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt, the Isles of Scilly are an astonishing archipelago that lies just off the coast of Cornwall...

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