The Isles of Scilly can be found 28 miles off Land’s End, a uniquely beautiful archipelago of more than a hundred islands, with only five being inhabited.
A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to about 2,200 islanders, the Isles of Scilly are like a world apart, where daily life is governed by the tides and the weather. There is very little traffic on the roads making it a great place to unwind. And as you explore each island, you will find that each has its very own distinctive character and landscape.
St Mary’s, where you will find Tregarthen’s Cottages, is the largest of the islands and the hub for passenger boats to the off-islands. Only two and a half miles by one and three quarter miles, you can walk or cycle right round St Mary’s on the coastal paths and nature trails.
The nine miles of roads mostly date back to medieval times and as you cycle around you will hardly see a car. The “capital” of the Isles of Scilly is Hugh Town where you will find Tregarthen’s Cottages, located just a few yards from the Quay.
With its sparkling granite buildings and gardens bursting with flowering plants in season, Hugh Town is a wonderful place to explore. Dominating St Mary’s is the historic Elizabethan Garrison, offering a circular walk with panoramic seascapes. On St Mary’s you will also find the site of the Bronze Age village of Halangy as well as the Old Town Church, perched right by the sea, where Sir Harold Wilson is buried. To the East of Hugh Town, you will find ‘Harry’s Walls’, a unfinished fortification dating back to the 1540s and a brooding reminder of the turbulent history of the islands. St Mary’s Garrison was one of the last bastions of the Royalists during the English Civil War.