The Scilly Isles Port is your gateway to the breathtaking archipelago of the Isles of Scilly, 28 miles southwest of Britain. It was officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1975. The Scilly archipelago is made up of 5 inhabited islands and around 140 small rocky islets; St. Mary’s Island is the largest and has the greatest population.
With evidence from the Roman times, it is believed that the island used to be a very large archipelago which later divided into smaller islands due to rising sea levels. You can go boating, join a guide tour of the islands or rent a bike to explore miles of pastoral views.
Shopping in Scilly is limited when compared to mainland UK. Do not expect huge commercial centers upon docking at the Scilly Isles cruise port. The islands’ main sources of livelihood are tourism and flower farming. You can buy local items like the St. Agnes wildflower honey, St. Agnes ice cream and Scillonian soap.
Most of the fashion shops are located in St. Mary’s Hugh Street. One store worth visiting for cheap finds is the 49 Degrees Shop.
Things to See
The Garrison Fort in St Mary’s stands offshore and can be seen from Garrison Walk, another must-see attraction. You can then proceed to the Telegraph Tower where a burial chamber dating back to 300 B.C. lies. Remains of an ancient village can still be found which goes back to the Iron Age. The Walls of Harry is an uncompleted fort designed to protect the harbor.
Learn more of the island’s flora and fauna by visiting the Hugh Town Village Museum. While you are in St. Mary, you can also drop by at the Old Town and hike to the old parish church that was built in the twelfth century. The Porth Hellick Down Burial Chamber is a Bronze Age burial ground that is also worth visiting.
After touring St. Mary’s island, you can proceed to the second largest island, Tresco. The Tresco Abbey is famed for its laid-out terraces, subtropical park and a collection of ship figureheads that were wrecked off the Isles. The Castles of King Charles and Cromwell are also located in Tresco and are open to the public. Remains of a gun tower can be found at the Old Blockhouse, overlooking the Old Grimsby Harbor.
Restaurants and Bars
The Blues Restaurant in Hugh Street has an outside courtyard with parasols and their house specialties include mushy peas and crab meat. Salads and sandwiches are best served at Juliet’s Garden Restaurant. They also serve meals in their terraced garden.
You can also enjoy casual dining with friends and family members at the Terrace Bar, housed at Tresco’s Island Hotel. Aside from the wide variety of food choices, they also offer an excellent line of wine. While dining, bask in the view of the nearby white sand beach and the lighthouse.
Dibble and Grub is a seaside café that offers lunch only overlooking Porthcressa Beach. You can order sandwiches, salads and their popular mushroom bruschetta with parmesan and garlic.