Scilly: the magical English islands

The Isles of Scilly lie approximately 45 kilometers off the Cornish coast and enjoy the mildest climate in the UK. There are 140 mainly uninhabited islands and islets and 2,200 inhabitants spread over five islands: 1,800 live on the largest island, St. Mary’s; about 110 on Tresco and St. Martin’s, and fewer than 100 inhabitants permanently reside in Bryher and Sant’Agnese. Despite this, these five islands are all connected to each other, they can be reached with trips of a few minutes and, above all, every year on the archipelago, around 100,000 tourists arrive from Cornwall or with cruise ships that pass by here to admire the sea. crystal clear, beaches and the unspoiled natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly.

The nature

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Regardless of which island you choose for your stay, here the possibility to move and appreciate nature is really wide. The islands are many and very close to each other, which gives the opportunity to move easily while admiring all the beauties of nature. Depending on the time of year, you may encounter dolphins, puffins, cormorants, sea magpies and many other seabirds and maybe some Atlantic gray seals if you’re lucky enough.

Local products

On the Isles of Scilly every local product is truly “local” and made on the spot. In this small community, the products of the island are in abundance. On almost all the islands you can meet local farmers, fishermen or perhaps bakers, brewers, winemakers and more.

  • Island fish
    The Pender family has been fishing off Bryher for hundreds of years, supplying quality fresh lobster, crab, fish and shellfish to the Isles of Scilly.
  • Salakee duck
    A small St. Mary’s company raises small batches to ensure the highest welfare possible for the ducks.
  • Veronica Farm
    Family-run farm that uses local ingredients including St Agnes milk, butter and clotted cream, to produce the ultimate delicious, buttery vanilla fondant, all done by hand in the farmhouse kitchen
  • Hillside Farm
    Five acres of organic farm, growing fruit and vegetables alongside Devon cattle for beef, grass-fed year-round for tasty, eco-friendly beef.
    Sold at the farm gates
  • Troytown Farm
    Considered to be the smallest dairy in the UK A farm with 9 dairy cows, Troytown produces and sells milk, cream, yogurt and ice cream.
  • Westward Farm
    A small family farm in St. Agnes, They grow botanicals for their distillery by making premium gins (plus apple juice and cider) and a range of soaps that use essential oils.

How to get to Scilly

Getting to the Scilly is pretty straightforward and there are three options available: Airplane, ship, but also helicopter, should you want to try something different for your trip.
You can consult this link where you can choose one of the three travel options and search for all the information or go to the site dedicated to helicopter travel where you can receive information about it and book, if desired, a comfortable day trip.