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Isles of Scilly Attractions and Activities

Water Sports

The Sailing Centre on Porthmellon beach, St Marys, and Ravens Porth, Tresco, is an RYA Training Centre offering windsurfing, sailing and kayaking for beginners and experts alike. Bennetts Boatyard on Bryher offers boat and kayak hire.

Gig Racing

The local sport is gig racing, and races are held each week on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the season. St. Mary's Boatmen's Association provide organised spectator boat for each race:

For more information about Cornish pilot gigs see:, or

Guided Tours

Island Bus and Walking Tours are available. Contact St. Mary's Tourist Information for details: (01720) 422536 or visit Also tours of the local brewery, 'Ales of Scilly', can be booked by contacting Mark Praeger on (01720) 422419.


Bicycles can be hired from: St Mary's Bike Hire, The Strand, St Mary's, or Book a Bike.

Boat Trips

Fishing and sailing trips are available and most boat trips are advertised on notice boards on St. Mary's Quay.

Work shops & Studios

Abundant Art Galleries and Studios are located on the islands, several of which offer tuition. From stained glass to felt making, paintings to pottery, see the Simply Scilly website for details.

Souvenirs and Shopping

There is a wide choice on St. Mary's including crafts, food stuff. For clothing try 49 Degrees, Seasalt or Sandpiper for local designs. Also Isles of Scilly Scented Narcissi for local flowers grown in the open air, handpicked to order and shipped just 28 miles to the mainland - for delivery direct to your door.

Diving and Snorkelling

Explore the underwater world of the Scillies. For competent divers visit Dive Scilly or Scilly Diving.

Or for snorkelling with the seals visit Scilly Diving or Island Sea Safaris.


Why not enjoy a pampered experience? Penlee Spa offers massage, facials, sauna and more.

Call our holiday team today: 01720 422431 or email