No island is the same ...
If you are looking for beautiful white beaches, exotic sub-tropical plants and a quality of life that is difficult to find in this busy World, then the Isles of Scilly are your destination of choice.
There are five inhabited islands in the archipelago, set amongst hundreds of smaller islands and rocky islets, which provide homes to numerous species of seabirds and marine animals.
The Isles of Scilly lie squarely in the path of the Gulf Stream, creating a considerable improvement in the climate - surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and warmed by the North Atlantic Drift - Scilly has a milder climate than the mainland creating a haven for many types of flora and fauna. Migrating birds also rest here during their travels, making this an ideal spot for bird watching.
The largest of the islands (2½ miles by 1¾ miles), and the main population and economic centre; home to about three quarters of the population, with facilities that you would expect from any town; hospital - health centre, shops and banks.
St Mary's is an island of hidden treasures set in a land of contrasting scenery. As you explore the island you will encounter sand dunes, whose marram grass covered moulds are enhanced by a profusion of wild African agapanthus flowers. Walkers will love the profusion and diversity of fauna and flora that can be found in the woodlands, heaths and marshland ecosystems of the island.
Packing in more than just staggering views, St. Agnes boasts a sea-front pub, fish restaurant, cafe's, a post office and grocery store. Farms sell milk, eggs, meat organic vegetables, honey and narcissi.
On the UK's most south-western outpost a whitewashed lighthouse and stone cottages tumble down to the farmland and flower fields, that meet the edge of the Atlantic. But this rugged little island doesn't sit alone at the edge of the country. It is joined to neighbour Gugh by a sandy causeway that bares itself to the ocean ebbs, creating two sheltered tongues of water that are havens for bathers.
St. Martin's offers you an ideal day out for the family with secluded, clean beaches and breathtaking scenery, with stunning views; such as across vast expanse of the Great Bay to the secluded tranquillity of Old Quay.
The character of the island, is very much like its neighbour Tresco, with habitats ranging from the rugged, heather clad, cliffs of the north shore - shaped over the centuries by the relentless action of the North Atlantic's winter gales - to the more sheltered southern aspect, characterised by small enclosed flower fields above sheltered sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.
Tresco,the second largest island in the group, features an amazing variety of scenery. Wild rugged granite outcrops and heathland to the north, with sub-tropical sandy beaches and the Abbey Gardens in the South.
History and Legend are deeply rooted in the islands culture. Many people believe that Tresco was the legendary 'Lyonesse' or 'land across the sea' - the final resting-place of King Arthur.
People have lived on the island since the earliest times, gradually creating the present day landscape as they carved out a living for themselves in this remote and sometimes harsh environment.
Bryher is a peaceful little island, home to the smallest of all the communities that can be found on the isles of Scilly. The waters around Bryher are very safe and clear and ideal for diving and snorkelling.
The character of this little island changes dramatically with the seasons; during the warm months of springtime, the island bursts into life with an abundance of colour filling the hedgerows and fields with the fragrant blooms of wild flowers - daffodils and narcissi.