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The Isles of Scilly  -  A World Apart

The Isles of Scilly are like nowhere else in England. An outstandingly beautiful cluster of islands off the coast of Cornwall, Scilly is a world apart from every day life.


Flying in by small plane or arriving by sea, you know immediately that you’re somewhere very special.


Scilly’s natural history means it looks and feels quite different from the rest of Britain.


Washed by the Gulf Stream - and with the UK’s mildest climate - over 100 small islands are clustered around a shallow turquoise sea, with white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, exotic plants and star-filled skies.


It’s uncrowded and unspoilt, and life here moves at a different pace. 2,000 people live here, on five islands and St Agnes is the smallest - and we think the best! There are few roads or cars. Yet the sea is busy with colourful launches ferrying locals to and fro, and taking visitors island-hopping and on excursions to see Scilly’s wonderful wildlife.


There’s space and freedom. And the choice to do a lot – or do next to nothing – in this spectacular setting.


People come specially to see basking sharks, puffins, seals, dolphins and rare birds. They sail, kayak, windsurf and fish, dive among wrecks, swim and wade between islands. They walk, cycle and ride horses along coastal paths, explore local history and archaeological sites, learn painting, photography or cooking, do yoga, take spa treatments, visit artists’ studios and Tresco’s famous tropical gardens. They eat fresh seafood at stylish cafes and have beach barbeques. They enjoy the friendly Turks Head pub. They picnic and beachcomb on beaches that are near-deserted, even in the height of summer. Or just sit and watch the tides, the sunsets and the stars......

The Isles of Scilly - A World Apart

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