Isles of Scilly

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The Isles of Scilly lie 28 miles south west of Cornwall's Land's End.

To fully appreciate the unique atmosphere of the islands you must visit them. The experience is breathtaking as you approach them by either sea or air and it is not a feeling which can easily be captured in words.

The Islands are officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB) with a very special mix of plant and animal life. A species of shrew exists in the Islands which is not found in any other location - the Scilly Shrew.

The Islands are famous for their birdlife, particularly for Puffins and Storm Petrels, who breed here. Rare migrants are an important feature on the Islands, particularly during the Autumn migration but rare birds are seen on the Islands at other times of the year.

For those visitors with an interest in botany, the Isles of Scilly have a great diversity of plants including the rare Dwarf Pansy.

There are 56 small islands but only 6 of them are inhabited: St Mary's, Tresco, St Martin's, St Agnes, Bryher and Gugh.

Dogs on the Isles of Scilly

Dogs are welcome on the Isles of Scilly.

St Mary's has some dog restrictions during the summer months.

Tresco does not allow dogs to stay on the island. You may visit as a day visitor but your dog must be kept on a lead at all times.

The other islands offer more freedom to dogs. They have no laws to restrict dogs on public land and dogs are allowed to roam free.

Dog bins are located on St Mary's but not on the off-islands so when visiting the off-islands please clean up after your dog and place the bag in a dog bin on your return to St Mary's.


Islands managed by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust that are closed all year include Annet,Western Rocks, Norrard Rocks, Men-a-Vaur and the eastern of the Eastern Islands - Menawethan, Great and Little Innisvouls, Mouls and Hanjague.

Other sites which include important breeding and roosting sites for birds are closed from the15th of April to the 20th August and include North Hill Samson; the southern shore of Samson; White Island, Green Island and Stony Island - Samson; Shipman Head; Carn of Works and north-east shore of Gugh; the south of Great Ganilly; and also Peashopper, Foreman's Island and Crow Island.


Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust


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Further Information:

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB) Tel: +44 (0) 1720 423486

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust Tel: +44 (0) 1720 422153

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