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Why visit the Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly are like nowhere else in England. Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt, they nestle just off the Cornish coast but seem like a world apart. The pace of life is slow giving the whole family the chance to indulge in simple pastimes like combing the seashore or enjoying leisurely bike rides.
There are five inhabited islands (and some 140 uninhabited ones) to explore, St Mary's, Tresco, St Martin's, Bryher and St Agnes. Aside from the deep sense of tradition, visitors are captivated by the sights and scents of the sub-tropical plants that give Scilly its distinctive landscapes; the array of birds and marine life; the long stretches of largely deserted fine white sand beaches and plethora of tiny inlets, coves and rocky outcrops that punctuate the more rugged coastlines.
Scilly has an amazing heritage with maritime shipwrecks, Bronze Age burial chambers and heavily fortified castles. History aside, Scilly has plenty of activities from exploring on horseback, playing golf, glass-bottom boat trips, diving and snorkelling excursions to nature trails and craft workshops.
Above all, Scilly gives you the freedom to do as much or as little as you like, in a breathtaking location.
What to see
Hugh Town: The capital of the island is Hugh Town, which sits between two sandy bays and comprises a clutch of shops, pubs and restaurants.
Old Town: The historic capital of the islands, Old Town nestles on a beautiful sandy bay on the south coast. Visit the artists' studios, or nature reserve and take a walk under the elms to Old Town Church, where services are held by candlelight.
Porthmellon Beach: This popular local beach is great for watersports. It's also the home of the pilot gigs (rowing boat). Regular inter-island races take place here every Wednesday and Friday evening during the summer. It also has a thriving co-operative of artists and craftsmen.
Abbey Garden: This sub-tropical horticultural delight is home to over 20,000 exotic species. King Charles' Castle, New Grimsby: Dating back to the mid-16th century this coastal artillery fort, was built to strenghen the defences of New Grimsby harbour. We can also offer holidays at The New Inn.
The smallest of the inhabited islands. Admire the granite stacks on Shipman Head - and get up close at low tide if you're happy to scramble the rocks; watch the Atlantic
rollers crash into Hell Bay and enjoy the calm and tranquillity of Rushy Bay, overlooking Samson.
We can also offer holidays at The Hell Bay Hotel.
The tiny island of St Martin's has some of the finest beaches in the British Isles. Try searching the rock pools in Lawrence's Bay or taking a dip in the water off sweeping
Par beach or simply relaxing on Bread and Cheese Cove, Great Bay or Little Bay. Additionally, there are sensational views along the heathery cliff path walks..
We can also offer holidays at The Karma St Martin's.
Totally unspoilt and astonishingly peaceful, this island has rocky outcrops on its exposed west coast and paradise beaches in its more sheltered coves. Periglis Beach is great for shell collecting; a lighthouse stands at the island's highest point and inland are quaint cottages and a patchwork of flower fields.