Stunning Isles of Scilly

Suzanna Pinder on 24 July 2021
Only 28 miles off the coast of mainland Britain, the Isles of Scilly had long been on my bucket list to visit, so when offered the chance to sail there, I jumped at the chance!

Comprising of 140 islands and rocky islets, only 5 islands are inhabited, each offering their own uniqueness. St Mary’s is the main island and about as busy as it gets, Tresco is the stylish and cosmopolitan one, St Martin’s is considered best for beaches, Bryher offers a contrast of western rugged Atlantic Coast and eastern sandy beach calmness and St Agnes represents the remote and wild edge of Britain.

This magical archipelago is an outdoor lovers paradise. We enjoyed some beautiful walking, fabulous picnics on stunning white sandy beaches, refreshing swimming in the clearest seas, adored dazzling agapanthus displays and spotted some interesting wildlife (although sadly no Wally the Walrus).

Amongst my personal highlights were sleepy St Agnes and The Turks Head, the most south westerly pub in the UK* and offering possibly the most amazing pub views in the UK. Also, the Tresco Abbey Gardens were simply wonderful and we truly lost ourselves wandering the winding paths through the beautiful sub-tropical gardens.

Thank you Isles of Scilly for a fabulous few days. One of my new favourite places and I will definitely be back for further exploration on land and sea!

* The Channel Islands are excluded, being classed as Crown dependencies and not constituent parts of the UK - just to clear up any debates!