UK, Wanderlust

Scilly in pictures: 39 reasons to visit the Isles of Scilly

There are so many reasons to visit the Isles of Scilly – but two of the biggest are hard to sum up in words.

Girl on the beach in the Isles of Scilly

Firstly, the atmosphere. It’s so relaxed, welcoming, a really magical place which seems to operate slightly outside the world. I had to keep reminding myself it’s part of the UK.

Secondly, it’s beautiful. So beautiful. The beaches are the kind of pale white sand you see in the Caribbean, or golden stretches that seem to glow in the sun. The sea is palest clear turquoise, deep indigo blue and every shade in between.

I could pull out every adjective in my arsenal, every superlative I know. But really, you need to see. So here’s a taste of why Scilly is so stunning. I defy you not to look and want to book…

St Mary’s is the biggest island – population 1,800 and slightly under 2.5 miles, with the biggest towns as well as clifftop paths, plenty of beaches, nature trails and quiet roads.

Unspoiled St Agnes, meanwhile, is around a mile across, joined to its neighbour Gugh by a sandbar at low tide. This one is the most south-westerly.

Tresco is the glamorous one – home to the subtropical Abbey Gardens as well, it looks over to Bryher.

Bryher itself has sheltered coves on one side and the wild, windswept crashing Atlantic views of Hell Bay on the other.

And peaceful St Martin’s which has some of the most spectacular bays I’ve ever seen.

Plus the scenery out at sea too – no trip is complete without at least one boat tour, and we spotted birds, seals and gorgeous blue waves as far as the eye could see.

Then there’s great food – Tregarthen’s hotel, where we stayed, was fantastic but we had wonderful seafood and homecooked meals across the islands.

scilly-isles-marys-tregarthens-foodLast but not least… the journey. Even getting to the islands (and then very begrudgingly leaving again) is an experience, with some fabulous views.


Disclosure: My trip was courtesy of Tregarthen’s Hotel and Isles of Scilly travel. All opinions, superlatives and ability to take a million photos are my own.


All images copyright MummyTravels/Cathy Winston

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