Isles of Scilly Heritage Coast
Twenty-eight miles southwest of Land's End lie the Isles of Scilly (or "Lyonesse" if you prefer your geography laced with Arthurian legend). The 140 low, rocky islands that make up the Scillies are blessed with the most gentle climate in Britain, and their relative isolation means that the islands remain unspoiled by the march of civilization.
The mild climate makes the Scillies an especial treat to visit in the spring, when daffodils and narcissi abound in the fields. For a more formal look at the fauna of the islands, visit the subtropical gardens at Tresco Abbey. Birdwatching and scuba diving are other popular outdoor activities along the coast.
The heritage coast is one of great contrast, from rocky reefs that have been the source of grief for many ships over the years to isolated sand beaches.
The most northerly island, St. Martins, is known for its long stretches of sandy beach. Daily boat trips leave St. Mary's for all the islands, and special sailings to the Eastern Isles focus on bird and seal watching. Snorklers at the Eastern Isles will get an opportunity to swim with the seals!
The Scillies have been named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as well as having the entire coastline given heritage status.
Area Countryside attractions:
Penwith Heritage Coast - Land's End
High granite cliffs skirting the Penwith peninsula create an irregular coastline of rugged beauty broken by small coves and narrow inlets. On the high ground inland from the coast this area is immensely rich in prehistoric remains. More ...
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Tourist Information Centre
The Old Wesleyan Chapel
Garrison Lane, Hugh Town
St Marys, Isles of Scilly
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