Lying just off the tip of Cornwall in England, the Isles of Scilly include five inhabited islands and around 140 more home to only birds and wildlife.
This archipelago boasts unspoilt nature, phenomenal ancient history, and an array of activities for all visitors.
Striking rugged coastlines are dotted with stunningly photogenic beaches and historic but tourist-ready towns.
Active travellers can look forward to excellent sailing, diving, hiking, and cycling opportunities, as well as the chance to join the locals for the ‘Scillonian national sport’ of gig racing.
There is plenty of heritage to discover here, including numerous archaeological sites, scatterings of shipwrecks, and the Old Man of Gugh statue at St. Agnes, enshrined in Bronze Age ritual legend.
Culinary enthusiasts will delight in the locally produced wines and artisanal goods on St. Martin’s Island (which also features a gorgeous flower farm).