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Island Activities

Where better to find inspiration for your holiday than our personally recommended list of things to do on Scilly - from exploring to relaxing, dining to netting your own catch, there's something for everyone!

  1. Take a tour of the vines and taste the wine at St.Martin's own vineyardsign-of-the-vines.jpg

  2. Take a trip to Bishop Rock Lighthouse (recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's smallest island with a building constructed on it) with commentary from local boatmen and see the seabirds along the way

  3. Follow in the footsteps of Price Charles and have a drink in the dungeon bar at Star Castle Hotel, an Elizabethan fortbishop

  4. See the seals without a wetsuit and hop aboard Sea Quest, Scilly's own glass bottomed boat, the water is so clear here you can see an adundance of underwater life.

  5. Try beachcombing on the long white beaches on the eastern side of Tresco, collecting shells as souvenirsshell

  6. Practise your swing at St.Mary's nine hole golf course and don't get distracted by the sea views! _agw8864

  7. Discover Piper's Hole on Tresco, a massive underground cave, by candlelight

  8. Take a hack with St.Mary's Riding Centre and perhaps even paddle your horse through the shallow, crystal clear waters 01720423855awp_horses_227
  9. Cheer for your favourite crew at the gig race- Ladies on Wednesdays and Men's on Fridays between April and September, boat times on local boards

  10. Navigate Troytown Maze on St.Agnes, a labyrinth made of beach stones by a lighthouse keeper in 1729

  11. Follow the nature trail on St.Mary's and enjoy the peace and quiet

  12. Take an evening trip to St.Agnes or St.Martins for dinner and a stroll along the beach
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  14. Wander the magnificent Abbey Gardens on Tresco and marvel at the figureheads of shipwrecks at Valhalla 

  15. Visit the off islands on summer fete day, highlights include a water slide on St.Martins and dunk a hunk on Bryher

  16. Trek up to the Northern tip of Bryher and watch the rolling waves crashing in from the Atlantic at aptly named Hell Bay

  17. cycloneCruise around the Eastern Isles, picturesque uninhabited islands and stop for a picnic on the beach at Little Arthur

  18. Take the classic tour of St.Mary's on a vintage bus with light-hearted commentary 01720422131_agw4971

  19. Take a shrimping net into the shallows at low tide and catch some small prawns

  20. Visit Samson, Scilly's favourite uninhabited island, and relish the Robinson Crusoe fantasy

  21. Search beady pool on St.Agnes for glass beads washed ashore from a shipwreck in the 17th century paul-and-toby-of-seven-stones-and-st-martins-bakery
  22. Go to the Local Produce Market and sample island meat, fish and eggs or freshly baked bread from St.Martins

  23. Book a windsurfing lesson with the sailing club 01720422060

  24. Attend a seasonal exhibition at Gallery Tresco in the early evening with wine and canapés, call 01720424925 for details

  25. Feed the ducks in St.Mary's duck pond

  26. Go snorkelling with the seals with Scilly Seal Snorkelling

  27. Hire a bike and explore the quiet country lanes of St.Mary's

  28. Dine al fresco at Juliet's Garden on St.Mary's, and relish the magnificent view over the islands 

  29. Take a craft making workshop at Phoenix Craft Studios, St.Mary's gig

  30. Try out your rowing skills with one of the local gig associations
  31. Wonder at the clarity of the night sky by taking an evening stroll and stopping for some star gazing

  32. Delve into the past with a guided tour of the local archaeology with expert Katharine Sawyer 
  33. Try freshly caught lobster and crab available direct from local fisherman on Bryher at Island Fishhighshot

  34. Walk the coastal path to Cromwell's Castle on Tresco and climb to the top of the castle for a commanding view of the channel

  35. Have a traditional Cornish cream tea at Covean Cottage on StAgnes (Tuesdays and Thursdays), freshly baked scones in the conservatory and tea garden 

  36. Study the marine life with a rock pool ramble organised by the Wildlife Trust

  37. Take a dip in Normandy swimming pool

  38. Relax with your favourite novel in the sacrabbingnd dunes

  39. Go crabbing off the quays at high tide

  40. Stand on the rocks at Droppynose Point on Bryher and watch for seals bobbing their heads out of the water

  41. Walk across the sand at low tide from Pelistry Bay on St.Mary's to Toll's island

  42. Catch your own supper and try mackerel fishing, perfect on the barbecue with garlic butter and a handful of fresh herbs

  43. Grab a hot chocolate in a cosy pub on a windy day and watch the sea spray surge from the crashing waves

  44. Take a guided walk with Will Wagstaff local ornithologist and tick off the species in your bird book
  45. Trek to the Daymark on St.Martins and enjoy panoramic views over the eastern isles and glimpse Lands End on a clear daypicnic

  46. Have a picnic on Rushy Bay on Bryher and enjoy views of Samson and the Western Rocks

  47. Sink your feet into the sand at Great Bay on St.Martins, voted the in the UK's top ten best beaches by Seasalt, Yahoo Travel and The Sun

  48. Go diving and discover the shipwrecks such as the Association, the Eagle and the Firebrand with Scilly Diving

  49. Enjoy a locally brewed pint from Ales of Scilly, in various pubs and bars across the islands

  50. Enjoy a range of watersports like paddle boarding and kayaking with Hut 62

  51. Spot a puffin-emblematic of the islands-recognisable by its colourful beak

  52. Bask in the sunshine in a traditional bucket and spade day out at the beach

  53. Visit the final resting place of Harold Wilson, former British Prime Minister, in Old Town Churchyard

  54. Try homemade ice cream from St.Agnes dairy

  55. Sit on Holgates Green and take in the buzz of St.Mary's harbour       

  56. Find serenity in the bird hides at Tresco's Great Pool and watch the wading birds in their natural habitat 

  57. Have a Tresco beef Burger in the New Inn pub garden
  58. Host your own sandcastle competition at Periglis beach on St.Agnes, and get creative with the flotsam and jetsam washed ashore

  59. Browse the art galleries at Porthloo, St.Mary's and purchase greeting cards with scenes of Scilly or handmade jewellery made with local shellstrescocastle

  60. Relax with a range of Spa Treatments available at Tresco Spa 

  61. Walk across the sandbar from St.Agnes to Gugh and search for the Bronze Age boundary markers and burial chambers

  62. Take a boat trip to the jagged rock formations to the North or West of the islands and spot birds and sealssail

  63. Sail to Appletree Bay on Tresco, a beautifully sheltered beach with fine white sand

  64. Watch the surf rolling over Golden Ball and through the crevice of Men-a-Vaur from the top of Gun Hill on Tresco

  65. Spot rare breeds of bird in the hedgerows in Octoberphotocomp 022

  66. Stop off at Innisidgen Burial Chambers, Bronze Age remains on the St.Mary's coastal path which are open access set amongst the natural surroundings

  67. Take the kids to St.Mary's playpark, complete with pirate ship

  68. Watch open air Shakespeare with travelling theatre companies who visit Tresco and St.Mary's in the summer months

  69. Pay a visit to Carreg Dhu local community garden on St.Mary's

  70. Walk the channel between Tresco and Bryher on a low tide, across the sandy sea bed that you will cross by boat later     kayak                                                                                  agw_fchips_325                                                                                                

  71. Pick your own blackberries on the bramble bushes (September)
  72. Paddle in the shallows at dusk on Green Bay, Bryher and look for the luminous phosphorescence on the surface

  73. Visit the most southwestery pub in England Fraggle Rock on Bryher

  74. Wander in the woods on Tresco and see brilliantly coloured pheasants stalking aroundrowing

  75. Watch the islands cricket teams strike it out on a Sunday afternoon

  76. Buy organic vegetables from the farm stalls across the islands

  77. Fly a kite in the sea breeze… lots of open spaces to choose from!

  78. Examine the greens for miniature wild flowers such as the endangered species of dwarf pansy

  79. img_1448Stop at Veronica Farm on Bryher and buy the creamy farmhouse fudge from their roadside stall

  80. How about a bracing dip in the Atlantic? Sea Swimming 




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