Scilly is the UK's smallest AONB - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - but as their website says "..... the islands possess a diversity of scenery that belies their small scale". We couldn't agree more and here are some of the 100s of images we have taken over the years.
The islands now have a succession of events that mark out the yearly calendar. Most should be running in 2019 and 2020. For up-to-date information go to the Isles of Scilly Tourist Information Centre web-site
Early April: Walk Scilly - Two weeks of accompanied walks with expert guides. Subjects include archaeology, birds, flowers and even ghosts!
May Bank Holiday week-end: World Pilot Gig Championships - The BIG event with 1000s of rowers and their friends. Pilot Gigs are rowed by 6 oars and a cox in the open sea.
Mid to late May : Creative Scilly - Participate in art, photography, cooking etc
Late May: Swim Challenge - Swimming in the open sea, island to island (with safety boats to accompany you)
Scilly Folk Festival - Local and visiting groups and performers, mainly at pub venues
Early June: ÖTILLÖ Swim Run - Incredibly brave (but slightly crazy) people running (in pairs) over open and rocky terrain interspersed with five long swims between the islands. In all about 40 kms (!)
September -all month : Taste of Scilly - Food takes centre stage across all islands, understanding, preparing & eating!
Late Sept through October: Bird migration - For keen bird-watchers hoping for major rarities.
Mid October: Walk Scilly - As in April, accompanied walks but just over a week-end.
Christmas: Experience a traditional community Christmas of church services, carols in the park and goodwill to everyone.
New Year: Bring your fancy dress to join in the celebrations or head down to the Charity Shop where you are bound to pick up a bargain