eight miles south west of Land's End you'll find the Isles of Scilly,
a group of beautiful islands with glorious beaches, magnificent views
and an abundance of wildlife. The
islands exude an air of peace and tranquillity.
There are good connections from the mainland with helicopter, aeroplane
and ferry services, also regular launch services link the individual islands,
with the inhabited islands offering an excellent range of accommodation
and amenities. Scilly is home to a working community of around 2000 and
much of the island's work is centred around tourism.
St Mary's is the largest island at 2.½ miles by 1¾ and the terminus for
transport links with the mainland. Although the capital, Hugh Town, houses
most of the town's facilities, accommodation, banks, sub post office,
health centre and a variety of shops it is little more than a village
in size. St Mary's has nine miles of roads and during the summer there
are various minibus, coach and vintage car tours as well as taxis and
bicycles for hire.
Tresco is the second largest island and has a wide diversity of scenery.
Up in the north the landscape is wild and barren and here you can see
and explore the 16th Century King Charles' Castle. The central part of
the island, where you will find the world famous Abbey Garden with its
collection of exotic plants, is farmland with green fields and cottages.
The southern and eastern end of the island has magnificent beaches and
there is accommodation available, a sub-post office and a general store.
Bryher houses the smallest community and has contrasting scenery, the
rugged west coast of the island faces the open Atlantic and is frequently
lashed by gales, whereas the east coast overlooks the sheltered channel
between Bryher and Tresco. The waters around Bryher are clear and safe,
making them ideal for snorkelling and diving. There is a range of accommodation
including self-catering cottages, a campsite, general store and a sub-post
St Martin's with its sandy sheltered beaches and crystal clear waters
is a quiet island with breathtaking views on all sides. Regular boat trips
go out to the uninhabited islands and at low water White Island is accessible
by foot. Accommodation is available on St Martin's as well as a post office
and other shops including a bakery.
St Agnes is home to the most south-westerly community in the British Isles
and is a very tranquil and peaceful island with the traditional occupations
being fishing and flower farming. There is a well stocked general store
and post office, guest houses, self catering cottages and a campsite.
The Western Rocks, the Norrard Rocks, the Eastern Isles, Tean, St Helen's,
Samson and Annet are all uninhabited islands and visitors can take trips
around them. Samson was actually inhabited up until the 1850's. The Norrard
Rocks are home to countless seabirds and colonies of grey seals. Tean
was once used for grazing cattle, but is now mainly overgrown with bracken
and fern. The rocks and islands of the Western Rocks have, throughout
the centuries, been the scene of countless shipwrecks. Annet is home to
the bird sanctuary and boat trips are available from April through to
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