I first visited the Isles of Scilly as a kid. Since then I’ve always found an excuse to stop over for a night when sailing by. This archipelago of no more than 140 islands lies just 24nm SW of mainland Cornwall and is home to some of the world’s most beautiful anchorages. Here are some of my favourites:
Porth Conger | St. Angus
This small anchorage can only fit a handful of vessels. For those lucky enough to nab a spot, take a tender ashore an enjoy a pint in the UK’s most westerly pub – the Turks Head.
West Porth | Samson
Lying on the west side of Samson, you’re treated to crystal clear waters and bright sandy beaches. Ashore you can walk amongst the island’s old eerily ruins. The island has been uninhabited since 1855, so don’t expect any facilities!
The Cove | Teän
I’m not entirely sure what this bay on the North of the uninhabited island of Teän is called, but we like to call it “The Cove”. Picking your way through the rocks can be challenging, but the rewards are great. Not a sole around, but plenty of fish to catch!
Old Grimsby | Tresco
Head away from the busier side of the main island of Tresco to Old Grimsby. Out here, you’re treated to stretches of golden sand dunes towering over pristine beaches. The experience is usually flat, clam and idyllic.
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