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Coastal Holidays in the Isles of Scilly

If you're looking for the ultimate relaxing holiday, look no further than the Isles of Scilly, which are just 28 miles south west of Lands End and takes around 20 minutes to get to. There are good links to the Isles of Scilly from the UK mainland including ferries, fixed wing planes and the only dedicated helicopter service in Europe.
There are over 100 stunning islands just waiting to be discovered by you, five of these islands are inhabited and these are St Mary's, Tresco, St Martin's, St Agnes and Bryher. Each and every one of these Islands are extremely beautiful with both the coast and country all around you, this really is the perfect get away for a stress free holiday that everyone no matter what their age will enjoy.

St Mary's is the largest of the five islands and offers everything you could wish for from a peaceful, relaxing holiday with breathtaking views and stunning beaches, Pelistry beach, Porthcressa beach and Town beach are all extremely beautiful and are perfect for those who love the sand and the sea at their feet. St Mary's offers fantastic accommodation including hotels, B and Bs, guest houses and self catering cottages.

Tresco is the second largest island and also has much to offer its visitors, and it's on the Northern end of Tresco that you can explore the 16th century King Charles castle and you can visit the world famous Abbey Gardens which is located in the central part of Tresco, here you will discover exotic plants, quaint cottages and open farmland. The Southern and eastern parts of Tresco are home to gorgeous beaches that will please any beach lover. Tresco also offers lots of accommodation for its visitors.

Bryher is the smallest of the islands and has safe, clean, crystal clear waters which are great for diving and snorkelling, with a great choice of accommodation including campsites and self catering cottages, Bryher will surely delight.

St Martin's is a quiet island with sheltered sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and breathtaking views, boat trips are available here to visit the uninhabited islands and  at low tide you can discover White Island by foot, St Martin's also has a great range of accommodation to suit all needs.

St Agnes is a stunning island and is very peaceful and tranquil, perfect for a stress free, noise free holiday, with beautiful scenery and fantastic beaches, what more could you want and with a great choice of accommodation including a campsite, guest houses and self catering cottages catering for all requirements.

The Islands have been designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, because of the very unique landscape that is home on the stunning Islands. There are also 27 sites of special scientific interest that are yours to explore.
On the Islands you will discover prehistoric remains, more than anywhere else in the UK. Rare birds, wildlife and plants all thrive on these beautiful Islands, with many that are unique to the Islands alone. So don't forget to pack your binoculars! You never know what you might see.
If you love diving then you will be able to explore many of the historic shipwrecks that are all around the Islands, and also discover the deep blue and get up close to all the marine life off the Isles of Scilly.

The beaches are fantastic, with some of the best beaches in the UK, with sandy white coves and with magnificent granite headlands, lagoons, moorland sites and fields that are full of narcissi flowers which are a big industry on the Islands.

Fantastic activities and attractions

If you love your outdoor activities you'll love the Isles of Scilly, there are just so many to choose from including sailing, canoeing, horse riding, surfing, windsurfing, painting, coastal walking, cycling, sea fishing, photography, tennis, golf, rock climbing, diving with seals, boat trips to the uninhabited islands, speed boat rides and plenty of wildlife watching opportunities for nature lovers.

There are so many superb attractions including:
Bishop Rock Lighthouse which you get to by a boat trip and is located 7 miles west of St Mary's.
Tresco Abbey Gardens in Tresco, Isles of Scilly Museum in St Mary's, Halangy Down ancient bronze village in St Mary's, Penninis Lighthouse and rock formations in St Mary's, Cromwell's and King Charles castles in Tresco, Carreg Dhu community gardens in St Mary's, Napoleonic Day Mark in St Martin's, Watch Hill Viewpoint in Bryher, Old man of Gugh prehistoric site in St Agnes, to mention just some of the fantastic attractions on offer on these Islands.

Luxury accommodation

The Isles of Scilly offer a great choice of accommodation including self catering cottages, which are great if you want to discover the islands in your own time and are perfect if you're taking the whole family and maybe the family pooch with you on holiday, there are also many hotels, guest houses, B and Bs, campsites, holiday and caravan parks which offer brilliant entertainment. You can also stay in a castle or even a threshing mill.

The Isles of Scilly offer so much to their visitors, stunning scenery, golden sandy beaches, with great attractions for all with so much to see and do. The beauty of these islands will take your breath away and the peace of these special places will make you want to return again and again, the Isles of Scilly really are a must for everyone who craves peace and quiet with the sea, sand and wildlife all around them with views like no other, just awesome!

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