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.

  Around St Agnes

The Maze - An ancient labarynth said to have been built around C12th.

The Meadow - The islands cricket pitch is a camomile scented meadow. The perfect place to play and relax.

The Lighthouse - St Agnes’ most distinctive feature, its white-painted C17th disused lighthouse. It is not open to the public, but it can be seen from around the island.

Gugh -A small island connected to St Agnes by a sandbar. Visit the old man of Gugh and enjoy the totally unspoilt landscape, coloured purple with heather. It is cut off at high tide, so check tidetables before going over to explore.

The Nags Head - An ancient standing stone with a very distinctive form... confused visitors can be found wondering around the area looking for the pub!

  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.

Hightide - classy but informal restaurant offering fine dining for evening meals. A real treat.. Booking is essential.

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


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, 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.

  Sport & Adventure

The cool, clear waters around St Agnes are great for snorkelling, divng, fishing and kayaking.The many granite carns around the coastline are great for climbing, the island has an all weather outdoor court for tennis, football etc... available for visitors to use. Many of our visitors love running on the island as the views are unbeatable, so bring your running shoes!
Watersports - Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkelling gear can be hired next door to the campsite (call Rob on 07549 520062). It is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Wingletang - Take a walk on the wild side.

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.



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. If you are staying at Troytown they will prepare an order for your arrival which we will deliver to your let or tent.

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