When looking at images of the Isles of Scilly it is difficult to believe that you’re not seeing somewhere more exotic or further away than Cornwall. The seas are blue and visited by dolphins and seals, the sands are long and golden, and remote empty islands scatter the surrounding area; elements that come together to make an Isles of Scilly holiday seem like a whole different world. Forget going abroad for beach island holidays, dismiss any plans to go swimming in the Mediterranean, scrap walking adventurous in the jungle, and take a unique and much cheaper holiday on Scilly instead.
The Isles of Scilly has one of the mildest and warmest climates of the UK, and generally have a stable climate all year round. The summers are sunny but not too hot and the winters are traditionally the warmest in Britain, meaning the Isles are great for all year round holidays. Due to its climate, The Scilly Isles are an abundance of wildlife and stunningly beautiful scenery. Jagged and rough rocks, unprotected from the winds and battering seas, are fascinating to look at and ready to be explored. Long exposed sandy beaches are the ideal place to either relax and get a suntan, or to partake in water sports. Inland the hills and fields are green, with many rare plants and animals waiting to be found.
There are five main islands, and several smaller islands scattered around, but the main isles are where many holidaymakers spend most of their time. The big islands are called Bryther, Tresco, St Martin’s, St Agnes, and St Mary’s.
St Mary’s is the largest island and the gateway to the rest of the isles, but is still an area less than 2.5 square miles. Whilst not bustling it still consists of Hugh Town which is the central hub with shops, banks, restaurants and pubs, along with three beaches and harbours. Old Town is the other major settlement with an airport, more beaches and a nature reserve, along with all the other day to day essentials. Expanding away from St Mary’s the islands get more remote and spacious, but are all quickly interlinked by boats.
An Isles of Scilly holiday comes with options. With hotels, B&Bs, holiday parks, and self-catering cottages throughout the five islands there is always somewhere to stay. A group on a family holiday may enjoy a luxury hotel with spa treatments and swimming pools for complete relaxation inbetween family bonding days out. Couples on a romantic break can benefit from a cosy and quaint B&Bs, where a quiet night’s sleep awaits after a long day getting lost in the atmosphere and beauty of Scilly. Or maybe a dog friendly cottage, with log fires, four poster beds and a garden that opens up onto the beach is just the thing needed to make the most of an Isles of Scilly holiday.
Wherever you stay, a good time is guaranteed. For an Isles of Scilly hotel, holiday park, B&B or self-catering cottage browse our accommodation pages.