Walking on the Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly
The group of islands sit about 28 miles off the British mainland and represent one of the most interesting places to visit in the whole British isles. The climate and the varied mix of landscapes are like a box of assorted chocolates, everyone good and each of them different.
The islands consist of five inhabited islands and around fifty more which are considered to be islands but are often looked upon as rocks sticking out of the sea. The islands are Britain’s smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and they are also recognised and protected as a Marine Park.
The human history on the islands can be traced back over 10,000 years and the small museum in Hughtown on St Mary’s is worth visiting to see the range of artifacts that illustrate life here. The museum also has displays recording some of the shipwrecks of which there are many.
Wildlife on the islands follow the seasons and the islands are a favorite for migrating birds. The famous nature guide Will Wagstaff is based on St Mary’s and he organises a wide range of nature walks and island visits. The whole eco system of the islands is intertwined with the tides and the seasons and a guided trip is a sensible way of getting the best out of your visit.
Life on the Isles is at a pace that we have long forgotten on the mainland. Try to slow down to about quarter the speed you go around at when at home and you will find that you are keeping pace with life here.
Getting There - Cars and trains and boats and planes
Walking on the Islands - St Mary’s, Tresco, St Agnes and Gugh
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