The sand bar connecting St. Agnes and Gugh, Isles-of-Scilly in September, Autumn

Autumn on the Isles of Scilly

A Quieter And Wilder Time

At this time of year on the Isles of Scilly, you’ll find something for foodies, walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and anyone seeking a little peace. The islands are quiet but still warm enough for days spent outdoors to enjoy the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery.

Autumn brings wonderful warm hues and an array of visiting birds to see; as the islands are near to the golf stream, they are warmer than the mainland which makes them a haven for migrating birds and spring flowers. Whilst the rest of the Narcissi crop in the UK won’t bloom until spring, the islands unique location means they have a brilliant climate for growing spring flowers that bloom much earlier.

With few roads and fewer cars, the islands are a walker’s paradise and also a great place to hire bikes. Enjoy exploring the vast number of coastal tracks and nature trails – often your footsteps will be the only ones to be found crossing the pale, sandy beaches.

In the evenings collapse in front of the fire at one of the hearty local pubs and try some local Scillonian delicacies, before heading outside with a blanket. The islands have virtually no light pollution and on a clear night the incredible dark skies allow you to see the Milky Way in all its splendour.

Start thinking about making new memories and discover how autumn can be the best time to build a love affair with these islands.

Top 5 reasons to visit Scilly in autumn

We think autumn is a beautiful time of year to visit Scilly. The islands are ablaze with warm hues and the wildlife is thriving with activity. Here’s our top 5 ideas to add to your Scilly bucket list.

Isles of Scilly -  Atlantic Grey Seal Pup


The seal pups

Atlantic grey seals thrive around Scilly and are a firm favourite with visitors. They can easily be spotted swimming or basking in the sun, but globally they are one of the rarest seal species; in the UK you’ll find more red squirrels! In the autumn it’s breeding season; take a boat trip to the uninhabited Eastern Isles to see their natural habitats and their fluffy white pups, or (in early autumn) you can still swim with seals on a guided trip around the Eastern Isles from St. Martin’s.

Dark Skies - Stargazing - St. Martins, Isles of Scilly


The dark skies

The Isles of Scilly are one of the best places in the UK for stargazing, with no light pollution Scilly enjoys pristine dark skies. As the autumn nights draw in, on a clear night there’s no better season to be captivated by the sheer number of stars that can be seen. For many visitors seeing the Milky Way arc across the sky is an unforgettable experience.

Health and Welness Autumn break on Scilly

Health & wellbeing

The peace & quiet

Autumn is often a time to reflect on the year passed and ease yourself into winter. If you’re not one for lavish spa’s the Isles of Scilly offers an alternative take on a wellbeing break for you to refocus and rejuvenate. Explore the deserted islands and hidden coves, whilst relaxing with someone you love and adjust to the gentler pace of island life.

Autumn Seasonal Produce

Food & drink

The seasonal Produce

Fresh local produce is in abundant on Scilly. There are many farm stalls dotted about all five main islands offering wonderful local seasonal produce and with a diverse range of pubs, restaurants, and cafés serving Scillonian delicacies you’ll never go hungry. Scilly is also a great place to have a go at foraging both inland and by the sea, we’d recommend reading one of foraging expert Rachel Lambert’s great books to help you get started.

Autumn storm watching - Shipman's Head, Bryher, Scilly

Weather watching

The Atlantic storms

Late autumn often brings ferocious and exciting Atlantic storms, so wrap up warm get outside and embrace some storm watching. Our favourite spot to watch the Atlantic rollers crash in, is on Shipman’s Head on Bryher.