There are plenty of ways you can get out and about to enjoy Scilly, here’s just a few ideas of the activities on offer:-
Take to the water: Scilly is a playground of activities – have a go at kayaking, sailing or paddle boarding; coasteer the rugged coastline if you dare, venture out for a guided sea swim, go wreck diving, have a go at gig rowing, or perhaps book yourself a unique opportunity to swim with seals.
Wildlife watching: There are lots of opportunities to head out to sea to witness Scilly’s captivating wildlife up close! Depending on the time of year, you’ll be able to spot many stunning seabirds as they glide across the open water or perch precariously on the jagged rocks. Scilly is also well known for its fabulous colonies of grey Atlantic seals – which often pop up to say hello.
Island hopping: As a tiny archipelago, one of the greatest pleasures here is to island hop! Whichever island you’re staying on, there are loads of boating options – and it’s very easy to do an island in a day. From St Mary’s boats to other islands are run by St Mary’s Boatmen’s Association (SMBA), and you’ll find details online or on various blackboards around the island. The SMBA also operates the boat services from and to St Martin’s; Tresco Boat Services serve Tresco and Bryher whilst St Agnes Boating operates from St Agnes.
Walking: If walking is your passion, there’s no better place to indulge than Scilly. There are more than 30 miles of nature trails and walks on St Mary’s alone, while Tresco, St Martin’s, Bryher and St Agnes as well as some of the uninhabited ones all offer fantastic opportunities to walk their length and breadth.
Cycling: Another fabulous way to see the islands is to rent a bike and you’ll find cycle hire available on St Mary’s and Tresco.
Golf: The Isles of Scilly Golf Club has nine glorious holes and enjoys some of the finest views on the islands – enough to distract even the most conscientious of golfers.
Horse riding: With little traffic and plenty of off-road tracks, empty beaches and shallow waters, riding out on St Mary’s is an unbridled joy. Visit the St Mary’s Riding Centre for a riding lesson or an island trek for all the family.
Stargazing: Blessed with truly dark and unpolluted skies, Scilly is the perfect destination for stargazing. While you only need your naked eyes to stargaze, the Community Observatory on St Martin’s has two observation domes which can really enhance your experience.