At the northern tip of Bryher, dramatic rock formations sharply punctuate the heathland of Shipman Head Downs, whilst at the southern-most point the small, but beautiful beach known as Rushy Bay looks out towards the uninhabited island of Samson.
One of the best views in all the islands can be found at the top of Watch Hill where islanders many years ago kept watch for ships in distress. The Bryher pilot gig ‘Czar’ was often required to guide ships up the South Western Approaches. The ‘Czar’ can still be seen racing in the summer, over 120 years after she was built.
The smallest community of the Islands, Bryher offers beauty and contrast: a hotel (with public bar), self-catering and camping accommodation, a shop, post office, cafe and restaurant.
Getting there and away
FOR VISITORS STAYING ON BRYHER
Bryher Boat Services normally convey passengers and their luggage to Tresco and Bryher.
Please check with your accommodation that your transfer has been arranged.
Bryher Boats also organise daily trips from Bryher to other islands or circular trips to see the birds, seals and uninhabited islands.
CONTACT: Bryher Boat Services - "Cyclone and Firethorn"
David Stedeford: (01720) 422886. Website: www.bryherboats.co.uk
DAY TRIPS TO BRYHER
Boat trips leave St Mary's each day to Bryher. Launches depart from St. Mary's Quay for the short boat trip to Bryher at 10.15 or 14.00, returning 14.15, 16.00 or 16.45. Please check pick up and drop off points as depending on tides Church Quay or Anneka's Quay could be used.
If you are travelling on Scillonian III the boatmen will meet your arrival at 12.15 and get you back in time on the 1600 launch, allowing plenty of time to enjoy your day.
CONTACT: St. Mary's Boatmens Association:
(01720) 423999. Website: www.scillyboating.co.uk
Things to Do
Walking is relatively easy going around Bryher but is a little uneven on the coastal paths. Follow marked tracks out to the wild Shipman's Head, or take a walk to the south end of the island along sheltered Rushy Bay with spectacular views over the uninhabited island of Samson.
There are boat trips to the Norrad Rocks where Puffins with their multicoloured beaks and unusual gait can be seen from April to July.
Private Boat Trips can be arranged through Bryher Boat Services, telephone (01720) 422886 for more details.
The local sport is gig racing, and races are held each week throughout the season.
You can hire small motor boats, sailing boats and kayaks from Bennett Boatyard. Hire available by the hour, day or week and all experience levels welcome. Explore Scilly's most beautiful waters between Bryher, Tresco and St Martin's at your own pace. Please get in touch for more information- w: www.bennettboatyard.com t: 07979393206 e: email@example.com
HELL BAY HOTEL
Guests and visitors alike can take advantage of the facilities of this secluded hotel, including mini golf course, gym, swimming pool and sauna. Also enjoy a leisurely lunch on the veranda overlooking Great Pool and Gweal Hill.
GOLDEN EAGLE STUDIO
Take a look in the art gallery of local artist, Richard Peace. His island inspired work is displayed for all to enjoy.