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Beach | History & culture | Short break
The Scilly Isles are made up of many islands. Only five are inhabited, but they all have their own unique charm and character. Beautifully unspoilt and with very little traffic the outdoor life is there for all ages to enjoy. Delight in the inviting climate, outstanding natural history, empty white sandy beaches, turquoise seas, nature trails and ever-changing views. The islands are perfect for couples, singles and families alike.
St Mary’s is the largest and most vibrant of the inhabited islands and the Island capital Hugh town is an ideal base to enjoy mile upon mile of coastal paths and nature trails or to visit the other islands, all of which are accessible from the quay. St Mary’s has a wealth of traditional pubs, restaurants and cares in which to relax and unwind.
The sheltered east coast is ideal for swimming and boating with the island of Tresco a mere stone’s throw away. By contrast the unprotected west coast bares the landscape of severe westerly gales and fierce waters. The north is home to wild landscapes and rocky heath lands magnificently illustrated by Shipman Head. The south is dominated by the beach rolling softly to the uninhabited island of Samson.
Visible from all the other islands St Martin’s is dominated by glorious, uncrowded endless beaches. Most visitors here enjoy getting away from it all with gentle walks and long lazy days on the beach.
Tresco holds many attractions including amazing landscapes sculpted by the wind and waves, long silver sand beaches as well as historic sites from the 17th century Civil War and World War One.
On the UK’s most southwestern outpost, a whitewashed lighthouse meets the edge of the Atlantic and on the west side the coarse terrain and granite carns overlook rocky edges, marking the site of countless shipwrecks. Joined to its neighbour Gugh by a sandy causeway which creates two sheltered tongues of water that are havens for bathers, St. Agnes boasts a sea-front pub, fish restaurant, cafe’s, a campsite, B&B’s, self-catering accommodation, a post office and grocery store.
Even arriving on the Isles of Scilly is a special experience. Whether it is a helicopter, light aircraft, or passenger ship, getting here is just the start of a truly distinctive holiday experience.
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