Getting close to nature

The whole of Scilly is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Seals can be seen around the island and puffins breed on the neighbouring uninhabited island of Annet. In the Autumn St Agnes is often host to rare migratory birds. Scilly has very distinctive flora and fauna and clear waters giving the landscape a 'tropical' appearance.

Star-gazing - The clean air and lack of light pollution allows you to see the night sky with amazing clarity. On a clear night you can see dozens of shooting stars.


The island has many beautiful coves and bays including Pereglis, the Bar and Covean - St Agnes' secret secluded bay.

These are all great for sandcastles, sunbathing, rockpooling, wild swimming, shrimping or just sitting and watching the waves break. Search for beads washed up in a shipwreck in the middle ages at Beady Pool or see if you can build the highest stone tower on Whitepar.

Even in peak season, it isn't hard to find a cove entirely to yourself.

Cheering on the Locals

Gig Racing - Friday and Wednesday nights in summer see all of the islands compete in fiercely contested Gig races. Jump on a spectator boat and cheer on St Agnes' gig - the Shah.

Cricket - Most sunny Sundays see the island men compete in the rather more sedate sport of cricket. You might be lucky enough to catch the highlight of the season - when St Agnes, St Martins and Tresco compete for the coveted Triange trophy.

Eating Out

Coastguards café - offers excellent coffee and good, simple, locally sourced food, including lunches, cakes and cream teas alongside magnificent views to the Western Rocks.

Turk’s Head - the Islands only pub and probably the best pub in Scilly. Great food (lunches and evening meals), real ales, spectacular views and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Covean Tea Gardens - Breakfasts, lunches, cream teas, ice creams & drinks in a beautiful garden setting.


St Agnes Post Office - this little shop offers a good range of groceries including vegetarian and organic produce, plus an off licence, gifts, books and beach toys.

Pot Buoys Gallery - this beautiful shop is full of local art and crafts and other quirky treasures.

Rebecca Smith Studio - See the very talented work by islander Rebecca Smith in her jewellery workshop.

Walk across the sandbar to Gugh
St Agnes Lighthouse
Winter sunset behind bishop rock lighthouse
The sand bar linking St Agnes and Gugh
Pilot gig - raced by locals in the summer months
Narcissi are farmed on the island