As we all enjoy travelling, we’re all also becoming increasingly aware of the importance of leaving behind a light holiday footprint. The Isles of Scilly themselves are committed to protecting their beautiful natural environment and as tourists, there’s many ways to help.
Travel with conscience: The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, which operate the Scillonian ferry and Skybus air services are committed to ensuring that the Isles of Scilly have a resilient, sustainable and protected environment. Recognising that they are a contributor to the global CO2 emissions, they are committed to sustainable development and reducing emissions where possible, through reducing use of single plastics, carbon off-setting schemes and increased recycling.
Self-propelled power: Set off on foot or hire a bike and explore the many tracks and coastal paths. Indeed, as the majority of the inhabited islands are car free other than a few farm vehicles or pick-up trucks, self-propelled power is definitely all you need.
Stay sustainable: If you’re looking to stay somewhere that really takes their environmental responsibility personally, several properties are recognised by Green Tourism for their efforts to reduce environmental impact. Energy and water efficiency, recycling, minimising waste and use of local produce are all taken into account. Featured hotels known for their sustainability include St Mary’s Hall and Tregarthen’s.
Buy island food: You’ll find plenty of places to buy locally produced food – to enjoy on island and to take home too! St Mary’s offers a range of deli food outlets and every month hosts a Local Produce Market. Each off island has an excellent island shop stocking lots of local produce too.
You are what you eat: Nowhere is more local than the food and drink sourced, grown and reared across the five tiny, inhabited islands. It represents the ultimate in slow food and low food miles. On your travels around the islands, you’ll more than likely be able to point to the local fishermen or farmer who’s provided the food on your plate.