15 Reasons why you will fall in love when you visit Isles of Scilly 

15 Reasons why you will fall in love when you visit Isles of Scilly 

Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly is somewhere we have talked about visiting for many years now. I am not really sure why it has taken so long to visit Isles of Scilly, but I am glad we waited and I am glad that we got to experience it as a family of five. We are not usually ones to plan but this year was different. We planned our Summer road trip well, with a few days in East Devon, a few days in St Agnes, a night in Penzance, before our visit to the Isles of Scilly on the Scillonian III for a five day trip to St Martin’s.

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Why you should visit Isles of Scilly

We stayed at Karma St Martins  during our Isles of Scilly trip. The Isles of Scilly now has a firm place our heart and I am seriously suffering from the post Isles of Scilly holiday blues…I miss the slow laid back pace of life… the people….the amazing beaches…the clear turquoise waters, and those incredible sunsets. Read on to find fifteen reasons why you will fall in love with the Isles of Scilly.

Scilly Isles

The Scilly Isles lie just off the Coast of Cornwall in the United Kingdom. There are a number of uninhabited islands, plus five inhabited islands: Bryher, Tresco, St Martin’s, St Mary’s and St Agnes.  All are so very different but all equally beautiful. We stayed in a beautiful resort on St Martin’s and it was a wonderful base to explore the islands.

You can read our full review of Karma St Martins here


If you are yet to visit these beautiful islands… here are fifteen reasons to head to the Isles of Scilly next year….

Beautiful beaches

The beaches are out of this world and you will be fooled in to thinking you are somewhere far away. The water is a beautiful shade of turquoise and the sand is sparkling white and actually leaves a dusting of glitter on your skin. The beaches are so picturesque and the water so clear, it is like you are in the Caribbean. Some days we had the whole beach to ourselves…

Incredible sunsets

Whilst we were enjoying a glass of wine one night, I looked out of the window of our Karma resort to see a number of people gathering outside on the beach with cameras. I headed outside and caught the most beautiful sunset I have seen in a long time, hues of pinks and purples and oranges that set across the sky and reflected upon the expanse of calm waters. I soon realised that this was not a one-off, the sunsets are incredible here, and you can’t help but stand there and just take in their beauty.

Wildlife on Isles of Scilly

The isles of Scilly has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty since 1975. During our visit we headed out with the children on a boat trip from St Martin’s in search of adventure and wildlife. The kids fell in love with those gorgeous cheeky seals….

seal spotting on our visit isles of scilly

History of Isles of Scilly

For such a small area of land, you will be surprised to learn that the Isles of Scilly is home to a huge number of historical sites including castle ruins, monuments, burial chambers and deserted villages.

reasons to visit Isles of Scilly including beaches, views and incredible food

Amazing food – fresh local produce

The food is incredible. Locally sourced, beautifully presented and totally yummy. No more words needed.

Peace and tranquility

Life is busy, even chaotic at times…but not on the Isles of Scilly. The moment you step off the boat, the peace and tranquility hits you. We stayed on St Martin’s, and we instantly adopted a slower pace of life – lots of walks, coffees with a view, scouring the beach for hundreds of shells and pure uninterrupted family time.

reasons to visit Scilly isles

reasons to visit Isles of Scilly

Family friendly holiday

The islands are so family friendly. The people here are friendly and welcoming. We spent many an hour chatting to the locals in the pub, on the beach or on a boat trip. They love the islands, and the relaxed way of life, and it is not hard to see why…. Head over to Tresco and you can hire a bike and a bike seat to spend the day exploring the island. Everywhere you go children are welcome. We spent an hour or two at the much loved play park, and the kids loved those beautiful beaches and the kayaks.

15 reasons why you will fall in love with the Isles of Scilly

Tresco Isles of Scilly

Abbey gardens is a sub-tropical garden established in the 19th century and brimming with exotic plants and wildlife. Spring comes early, Autumn stays around longer and Winter barely makes an appearance, meaning all these beautiful plants flourish – a visit to the gardens is highly recommended.. they are absolutely gorgeous.

Water activities near St Martin’s

You can’t visit the Isles of Scilly without trying out the watersports. We hired Kayaks for the day from St Martin’s Freedom hire. We took it in turns paddling around the shore with the kids, they loved it, but we may have loved it just a little more 😉

Island hopping Isles of Scilly

It is so easy to visit the other islands. We stayed on St Martin’s and the boat trips and scheduled times were advertised each day in the hotel depending on weather and sea conditions. The boat trips are affordable and give you the opportunity to spend a few hours on the other islands.

Walks and hikes

Explore the islands by boat, bike or foot. If you love to walk, then the Isles of Scilly is definitely for you. There are so many beautiful walking routes and nature trails, with the added bonus that there are many places to stop, re-fuel and enjoy a bite to eat and a coffee (or two).

Honesty Stalls

Everywhere you go you will find honesty stalls. Honesty stalls are dotted around outside people’s houses, by the beach, or outside the local school, selling anything from fresh produce, homemade jam, fresh flowers to painted shells. Browse the stall and pop your money in the honesty box before you go…such a beautiful concept.

Shopping on the Isles of Scilly

Okay those who know me know I love a shop, and there are so many lovely little shops that you will come across to mooch around and make a purchase or two. There is one shop in particular I fell in love with…Fay Page.  Fay and her small team are so welcoming and friendly. The jewellery is handcrafted in the Scilly Isles and absolutely beautiful. I bought a pair of earrings that I haven’t taken out since.

Those Views

Wherever you go the views are incredible. Team a view with a cup of tea, a glass of wine or an ice-cream and you will be sure to fall in love with the Isles of Scilly.

Travelling to Isles of Scilly

Lying around 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall, The Isles of Scilly is easy to get to. You can get to the islands by the four departure points; Exeter, Newquay and Lands End for all Skybus departures, and Penzance if you take the Scillonian III passenger ferry. We took the ferry from Penzance to St Mary’s, taking advantage of the great baggage allowance and giving us the opportunity to sit back and enjoy those sea views.

travelling to the Isles of Scilly

So there you have 15 reasons why you will fall in love with the Isles of Scilly.

yes the Isles have stolen our hearts….

Have you ever visited the Isles of Scilly?

If you are heading over to the Isles of Scilly this year, Karma Resorts on St Martin’s is a wonderful base to explore the islands!

To find out more head over to Visit Isles of Scilly   and  Isles of Scilly Travel Website 


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  1. November 6, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Wow, I never even knew the Scilly islands were so versatile. Really stunning. Thank you for all the info.

  2. November 6, 2017 / 10:14 am

    Your photos are stunning! The sand on the beaches looks beautifully pristine. Love the idea of hiring a bike or kayak. We really need to get to the Isles of Scilly!

  3. November 6, 2017 / 10:40 am

    The scenery looks beautiful. And so does the food… You have inspired my to plan a visit! #MondayEscapes

  4. November 6, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Oh wow Katy! You have well and truly convinced me that we need to visit the Isles of Scilly, I had no idea that the beaches were as beautiful as this. It’s incredible that its only 28 miles from the Cornish coast. Thanks for the inspiration Katy;)

  5. November 6, 2017 / 11:53 am

    The Isles of Scilly certainly look gorgeous. Those beaches look like the beach we visited in Puerto Rico. I’m pinning this for later. Thanks for sharing this beautiful place. #MondayEscapes

  6. November 6, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    What a gorgeous place to visit. I’ve seen some beautiful photos from the Isles of Scilly and this post confirms all t has to offer. I love the sound of the honesty stalls and the sunsets are stunning! What was the weather like when you were there?

  7. November 6, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    I visited the Isles of Scilly as a child but really want to go back. Your photos are beautiful. The beaches look as if they should be somewhere other than the UK! #MondayEscapes

  8. November 7, 2017 / 11:28 am

    That water is just gorgeous. My grandparents went when we were tiny children and brought us all back jumpers with “I am a Scilly Child” on the front! 😀 Definitely on my list of places to go!

  9. November 7, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Just the beaches and food have me convinced. Every time I read about your Isle of Scilly trip I wonder why or why have be not been already! Thanks so much for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  10. November 7, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Great post! I’ve never been to the Scilly Isles. But, wow, they look amazing! It’s definitely on my list now!

  11. November 7, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    This looks amazing. My two would love being on a boat and seeing wildlife on the rocks, what a great experiences. The gardens look so beautiful as well.

  12. November 7, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    It really does look lovely. Living In Devon it would be easy for us to reach – so another places to add to our must visit list! Thank you for the inspiration #Monday Escapes

  13. November 7, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    im desperate to visit scaly for all these reasons

  14. November 7, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    Wow this is beautiful. I’ve fallen in love just from reading this, definitely somewhere I would love to go!

  15. November 7, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    WOW the Isles of Scilly look amazing and the perfect place for a UK family break! I can’t believe I haven’t been before but would love to plan a trip their in the not too distant future!

  16. November 8, 2017 / 10:07 am

    The Isles of Scilly are one of the top location on my UK travel bucket list, they look beautiful

  17. November 8, 2017 / 10:31 am

    I have never been here before, it looks beautiful. Love the colour of the sea. I want to go now 🙂

  18. November 8, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Wow, It looks beautiful. A childhood friend always had summer holidays in the Isles of Scilly but it was somewhere I had never looked at going until now. I’ll definitely be taking a look at it for next year. Thanks.

  19. November 8, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    This looks such a beautiful place. As a sea dweller I can so see the attraction. Those beaches and the light looks incredible.

  20. November 8, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    I have always wanted to visit the Isles of Scilly! Avid wildlife lovers here so the seals & rare birds they often get would be amazing to see! x

  21. November 8, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    WOW! Your photos are absolutely stunning, I have never even thought to visit the Isles of Scilly but I feel as though I’ve been missing out! Just gorgeous!

  22. November 9, 2017 / 5:28 am

    You have definitely sold it to me! The food looks divine and the kids would love the wildlife #mondayescapes

  23. November 9, 2017 / 6:31 am

    Looks beautiful! I’ve fallen in love just with the scenery!

  24. November 9, 2017 / 8:19 am

    It looks so beautiful, I think I need to explore this destination x

  25. November 10, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    The photos in this are absolutely beautiful and you have really made me want to visit! I genuinely would love to! #MondayEscapes

  26. November 11, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Your posts from the Scilly Isles were so tantalising. It looks and sounds like a beautiful place. It actually reminds me a little of the Glenan Archipelago, off the coast of Brittany – I guess that they lie just a little south of the Scilly Isles. I’m desperate to visit now!

  27. November 12, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    What a lovely trip! I would love to visit The Isles of Scilly one day 🙂

  28. November 13, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Wow it looks stunning! I would love to take our two there one day 🙂

  29. November 13, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Your phots have made me fall in l;ove with it too!

  30. Laura Martin
    November 13, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Wow my in laws are looking at taking us here, this post has convinced me

  31. November 13, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    I always wanted to visit The Isles of Scilly and that sunset just got me for good. I do need to go to that part of Britain. Beautiful guide. Thanks!

  32. November 14, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Wow! The Isles of Scilly seems so charming and picturesque travel destination. I wonder how I haven’t heard of this place sooner. I will definitely add it to my bucket list!

  33. December 23, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    We’re off to the Isles of Scilly next summer, I’m so excited! How did you find the ferry crossing? We’ve booked the ferry as it’s way cheaper than flying but after rough crossings to Jersey and Bilbao I’m not looking forward to it!

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