Hopping between islands is easy – here’s how
Every day, Scillonian III’s arrival at St. Mary’s sees the quayside bustling with local boatmen, ready to carry visitors to the ‘off islands’ – Tresco, St. Martin’s, St. Agnes and Bryher. You’ll find blackboards advertising times and routes for these day trips on the quay.
Each island has it’s own boating company that can ferry you around. As well as local notice boards, most of the boat operators have a website, or social media presence, making it easy to keep up with the latest trips and events.
St. Mary’s Boatmen Association’s ticket kiosk
Morning opening hours 09:30 – 10:15
Afternoon opening hours 13:30 – 14:00
Tel 01720 423999 www.scillyboating.co.uk
Tresco Boat Services (serving St. Martin’s, Bryher and Tresco)
Tresco Boat Services run a range of boating services for the islands of Tresco, Bryher and St Martin’s, from scheduled trips to scenic tours and private hire.
Tel 01720 423373 www.tresco.co.uk/arriving/tresco-boats
St. Agnes Boating
St Agnes Boating operate daily scheduled services from St. Agnes to St. Mary’s and Scilly’s other islands. They meet the Scillonian III every day and take passengers from St. Mary’s to St. Agnes and also connect with Skybus flight for peace-of-mind transfers to St. Agnes.
Every Wednesday St Agnes Boating offer wildlife safari’s with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to see the islands’ seabirds, seals and puffins.
Tel 07990742982 www.stagnesboating.co.uk
You can also buy tickets from the Tourist Information Centre on Porthcressa Beach, many of the hotels and guest houses and several local shops. There are also boating companies based on several of the off islands, offering excursions as well as regular water taxi services throughout Scilly.
Winter Schedules For those staying on one of the off-islands and arriving by Skybus, please check with your inter-island boat operator to ensure that you can get to your respective island when arriving after 4pm.