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Family Attractions

A family holiday on Scilly will lay down memories that children will treasure for the rest of their lives. Living on an island is exciting in itself; add the adventure of boat trips to other islands, tales of Arthurian myth and legend, and endless days on idyllic beaches, and they’ll love every minute of their time on Scilly.


There are more than 35 sandy beaches spread across the islands. Whether you are after a refreshing swim, serious sand-castle building, rockpooling, shell-seeking or the perfect picnic spot, the beaches around Scilly will delight.

Snorkel with seals

Get up close and personal with seals on a snorkelling trip. It’s a real thrill to watch these elegant and graceful creatures in their natural habitat. Suitable from age eight. Check out

Get wet and wild

If you are looking for a real buzz on the water, try a host of watersports, from sailing and kayaking to windsurfing and kite-surfing. Centres on two islands cater for all ages and abilities, and equipment can be hired from both. More details at and

Hire a boat

Hire a small motor craft, sailing boat or kayak and explore the magical coves and tranquil beaches at your own pace. More at,, and

Take a sea safari

Regular boat trips and RIB safaris visit the uninhabited islands to watch marine life and tour famous landmarks. You can even see underwater life through a glass-bottomed boat. More details from, and

Enjoy a horse-drawn adventure

Experience St Mary's at a different pace, in a Scilly Carriage drawn by a shire horse. It's a magical way to see the island.

Hire a bike

From easy lanes to more testing trails, bikes are a brilliant way to explore both St Mary’s and Tresco. Details at and

Gig rowing

Watch these six-oared wooden boats race in the waters off Scilly. Races take place on Wednesday and Friday evenings throughout the summer months and spectator boats follow the action. Details at, and .

Ride a horse

Enjoy the beauty of St Mary’s on horseback, riding along sandy beaches and through the shallows on the way. More details at

Travel through time

Delve into Scilly’s past on boat trips and guided walks that give you the low-down on the fascinating history and archaeology of the islands. Details at And don’t forget the fabulous Isles of Scilly Museum on St Mary’s, where tales of shipwreck and piracy will grip the imagination.

Indoor Attractions

When it's wet (yes, it does sometimes rain on Scilly!) and you need to get out, don't worry! There are galleries galore, potteries, craft workshops, an indoor pool, community halls full of equipment and a soft-play centre for the younger ones! See,, and

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  • Order or download your copy of the Isles of Scilly Brochure