About St Agnes
The most south-westerly of the Islands, St Agnes is enchanting and tranquil, where the silence is disturbed only by birdsong and the murmur of the sea. Here you’ll find secluded sandy coves, weathered granite tors, a 17th Century lighthouse, and impressive views across the Western Rocks.
Flower farming and fishing are the traditional occupations and visitors can enjoy a stress-free holiday with the silence only broken by the natural sounds of sea or birds. A footpath follows the deeply indented coastline, revealing beautiful sandy coves, rugged granite outcrops, heath, downland, meadow and a freshwater pool.
This habitat attracts butterflies and moths and is often the first landfall for American vagrants or migrating birds. There is a profusion of wild flowers and lichens, testament to the unpolluted atmosphere and the brilliance of the night stars can be enjoyed on safe and solitary strolls.
There are guest houses, self-catering cottages and a campsite, a store and sub-post office, two cafes and a pub.
Getting There and Away
FOR VISITORS STAYING ON ST. AGNES
St. Agnes Boating also organise daily trips from St. Agnes to other islands and also weekly trips to the Western Rocks to see the birds and seals or special visits on request to the uninhabited islands such as Tean and St. Helen's
DAYTRIPS TO ST. AGNES
Walking is relatively easy going around St. Agnes but is a little uneven on the coastal paths. Follow marked tracks out to Beady Pool to search for Dutch terracotta and glass beads, or discover the Maze, just past the Nags Head granite outcrop. Alternatively visit Gugh on a low tide and really feel like you have an island to yourself!
Birdwatching is an interesting past time on St. Agnes, with local seabirds such as Oystercatchers, Gannets, Terns and Ringed Plovers.
There are also boat trips to Annet and the Western Rocks where seals and sea birds can be spotted. Puffins with their multicoloured beaks and unusual gait can be seen from April to July.
The local sport is gig racing, and races are held each week throughout the season.
Fishing Trips can be arranged through St. Agnes Boating. These trips are normally of two hours duration and cater for all levels of experience.
Enjoy a well earned break and a delicious locally made snack at COASTGUARDS CAFE, COVEAN CAFE, or ROSE COTTAGE CAFÉ. Alternatively you can soak up the view with a liquid refreshment at the UK's most south-westerly pub: THE TURKS HEAD.