Global Hotspot – The beatiful Isles of Scilly

This time Berlinagenten’s never-ending need for exploring trendy places world-wide has led us to a magnificient archipelago consisting of around 140 isles just off the coast of Cornwall. The Isles of Scilly. You might think it’s just another standard holiday destination but quite on the contrary, it really is much more than that.

The warm and mild climate sets the island apart from the rest of Britain, making the landscape home to exotic plants and wild flowers that are nowhere to be found on the mainland. The gorgeous wild flowers grow all around the year as the Isles hardly ever see frosty winters. White-sand beaches, purple moors and jade fields as far as you can see create astonishing landscapes, making you feel much more like you were in the midst of a Caribbean summer dream rather than a little more than 150 kilometers from Cornwall!

The Scillies invite you to stroll around the beaches, wander aimlessly through the mesmerizing countryside and to just forget your troubles for a little while. With a population of only 2000 in the whole area, you’ll easily find your very own private beach for the day. Naturally these settings draw the rich and famous like a magnet and with a bit of luck, you’ll stumble across one of the many celebrities who like to spend their vacation on the Scillies. Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Roman Abramovich and even the Royalty are known to lean back and relax in the Islands’ cozy atmosphere.

Having dreamt of going there for years, this year the time had finally come. Berlinagenten went Scilly!

The Islands

St. Mary’s 

The largest of the islands and it’s the perfect hub for exploring the other islands as the ferry traffic and boat shuttles pass St Mary’s harbour several times a day. The Capitol of the Isles of Scilly is also found on St Mary’s, Hugh Town at the heart of the island. Here you will find the biggest variety of accommodation but also banks, shops, galleries, beach cafes, a museum, a supermarket, pubs, restaurants and even a disco. Hugh Town sits in the middle of two beaches, hosts numerous water-sport and land activities and is just 5 minutes from the airport.

St. Martin’s 

The island boasts some of the best beaches in the British Isles. Coastal paths drop down to secluded white sandy beach with clear waters. A walk around the island offers breathtaking scenery with stunning views over the Atlantic. St Martins is Scilly’s most eastern inhabited island, you will find grocery shops, a bakery, gift shops, art gallery and even the chance of a vineyard tour.

Bryher 

Bryher is the smallest of the five inhabited islands. Dramatic rock formations define the north’s surface while at the southern-most point, the small but beautiful beach known as Rushy Bay offers safe clear waters for swimming and snorkling.

St. Agnes 

St. Agnes remains unspoiled and the only noise disturbing the silence are birdsongs and the steady murmur of the sea. There are secluded sandy coves, weathered granite tors, a 17th Century lighthouse and an impressive view over the Western Rocks. The island has many stunning coves and bays for you to enjoy, including Periglis, the Bar and Covean.

Tresco

Tresco is the second biggest island of the Isles of Scilly and is a true paradise for sun seekers who are looking for a caribbean-like blue sea, secluded bays and lush vegetation. A wealthy merchant banker, Augustus Smith, leased Tresco from the Duchy of Cornwall in the mid-1930’s and it still remains in the ownership of the Dorrien-Smith family today. The island also features a rich variety of landscapes, ancient castles, beautiful cottages, farmland, shops, art craft, supermarket, a deli, restaurants, sub-post office and the exclusive New Inn. The entire island is working like a huge resort where you can eat and drink in any place and get the bill on your room if you stay in one of the lodging facilities on Tresco. Few islands in Europe can offer the same tropical beauty as Tresco!

Best Hotels

You can find a list of all the hotels on the islands available here.

Our picks:

St. Mary’s Hall Hotel

This is the place where we stayed, an old mansion converted into a nice, comfortable hotel. We rented the big apartment with terrace and got to enjoy the seaview and unpolluted air every morning! The hotel also features one of the best restaurants on the island. Big plus: a picturesque garden.

Karma St. Martin’s 

The Karma St. Martin’s just opened their doors in August and comes with the promise of uncompromising luxury. A big plus ist the fact that all the guestrooms and public areas face the sea, inviting you to never lay eyes off those dazzling white-sand beaches.

Star Castle Hotel St. Mary’s

An old fortification and jail turned into a historical rustic hotel. The new rooms facing the sea offer one of the most magnificent sunsets! They also have a pool.

The New Inn Tresco

The New Inn offers 16 hotel rooms and award winning food and beverages. Its pub has been listed in the Michelin „Eating out in pubs guide“ and is guaranteed to keep you battling with your inner self: should I have another pint or finally go out and enjoy the island?! 

Hell Bay Bryher

Hell Bay offers great food, bright rooms and many colorful tales about the treacherous waters surrounding the island. Just like the New Inn, it’s owned by Tresco’s Dorrien-Smith family, providing solid service and a warm sanctuary after a long day out.

Best Restaurants

The Ruin Beach Cafe (Tresco) 

The Flying Boat Club (Tresco) 

Spero’s Beach Café & Restaurant (St. Mary’s)

Tides Reach Restaurant (St. Mary’s)

Spirit Restaurant (St. Mary’s)

The Galley (St. Mary’s)

Tanglewood Kitchen (St. Mary’s)

Adam’s Fish And Chips (St. Martin’s)

High Tide Seafood (St. Agnes)

For a large selection of good restaurants on the islands, be sure to check out The Little Scilly Food Guide

The Beaches

The Isles of Scilly could easily be called „the Caribbean of Great Britian“. With their turquoise water and shiny white sand, Scilly’s beaches are simply stunning. There are more than 35 such examples spread across the archipelago and it´s very easy to find your own private, secluded beach. Tresco and St. Martin´s offer the best beaches and the sand dunes below Blockhouse Point on Tresco are simply mindblowing!

Pentle Bay (Tresco) 

Green Porth (Tresco)

Blockhouse Point/Cook’s Porth (Tresco)

Par Beach (St. Martin’s)

Great Bay (St. Martin’s)

Watermill Cove (St. Mary’s)

Rushy bay (Bryher)

The Bar causeway (St. Agnes and Gugh)

All in all the Scillies make for the perfect getaway vacation. The isles’ isolation create a feeling of privacy and exclusiveness while the landscapes render you speechless time and time again. And once you’ve see the beauty of the Islands, one thing is for sure. You’ll be back.

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