Walking in the Isles of Scilly

By Paddy Dillon

A guidebook to 11 easy walks (2.5 to 16km) and 4 boat trips on the Scilly Isles. The routes explore Tresco, St Martin's, St Mary's and Bryher, as well as some of the smaller Scilly Isles, all designated as an AONB. The guide includes information on the history, geology and ecology of the islands, which are designated as Heritage coast.



Mild climate all year round. You should pre-book accommodation in August, as it gets busy.


Hugh Town, St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco, St Martin's


All easy, low-level walks
Must See

Must See

Wildflowers, Hugh Town Garrison, Tresco Abbey Garden, boat trips (including the 'Seabird Specials'), Bird Life
5 May 2015
11 Jan 2018
17.2 x 11.6 x 0.6cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook to walking on the Scilly Isles at the south-western edge of Britain includes 11 day walks and 4 boat trips, perfect for a fortnight away from it all. The walks are between 2 and 16km long, and explore the larger islands such as Tresco, St Martin's, St Mary's, St Agnes and Bryher as well as smaller islands in the archipelago. Alongside the walks, which are suitable for walkers of all abilities, are 4 Boat Trips which explore Annet and the Western Rocks, the Norrard Rocks, St Helens and Teän as well as the Eastern Isles.

    With their mild climate and relaxing atmosphere, the Isles make an ideal destination for a retreat, with stunning scenery, rich bird life and myriad wildflowers. Basking in sunshine, rising green and pleasant from the blue Atlantic Ocean, fringed by rugged cliffs and sandy beaches, they reveal their charms to those who walk the headlands, sail from island to island and take time to observe the sights, sounds and scents of the landscape. All routes are illustrated with OS mapping and contain lots of background information on the history, geology and ecology of the islands. There is also practical information on public transport services and accommodation.

  • Contents

    Ancient History
    Later History
    Recent History
    Getting to the Isles of Scilly
    Getting around the Isles of Scilly
    Boat Trips
    Tourist Information and Accommodation
    Maps of the Isles of Scilly
    The Walks
    Guided Walks
    Island Flowers
    Island Birds
    Island Animals
    Marine Park Wildlife
    Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust
    The Duchy of Cornwall
    The Plan of this Guide
    Safety Matters
    The Walks
    Walk 1 Hugh Town Trail
    Walk 2 The Garrison Wall
    Walk 3 St Mary’s Coast
    Walk 4 St Mary’s Nature Trails
    Walk 5 The Gugh
    Walk 6 St Agnes
    Boat Trip 1 Annet and the Western Rocks
    Walk 7 Samson
    Walk 8 Bryher
    Boat Trip 2 The Norrard Rocks
    Walk 9 Tresco
    Walk 10 Tresco Abbey Garden
    Boat Trip 3 St Helen’s and Teän
    Walk 11 St Martin’s
    Boat Trip 4 The Eastern Isles

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful contacts

  • Updates
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    April 2015

    A few website addresses have changed since this book went to print.

    Introduction/Tourist information and accommodation
    www.visitislesofscilly.co.uk > www.visitislesofscilly.com

    Walk 8 – Bryher, Facilities box:
    www.bryher-ios.co.uk > www.bryher-islesofscilly.co.uk

    Appendix B – Useful contacts
    www.visitislesofscilly.co.uk > www.visitislesofscilly.com
    www.isleofscillyholidays.co.uk > www.islesofscillyholidays.co.uk

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications, and has appeared on radio and TV. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.

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