Tresco in spring - Isles of Scilly

Spring on the Isles of Scilly

A spring break as relaxing as the rhythm of the tides

28 miles from Cornwall perched right at the UK’s south-west tip, you’ll find five sand-fringed inhabited islands and a host of others connected by a fleet of inter-island ferries. It’s where spring arrives first in the UK and it’s the most popular time to visit Scilly.

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the islands enjoys an especially mild climate along with a natural wildness which is utterly relaxing. Live life at a slower pace and escape everyday stresses with a return to a gentler way of life where old-fashioned values are championed.

In spring the evenings stay lighter, longer – even before the clocks change. It means more time to to see the wildlife, the flowers, and the views.

Start thinking about making new memories and discover how spring can be the best time to find out why Scilly is famous for enticing its visitors to return again.

Top 5 reasons to visit Scilly in spring

As winter starts to thaw and spring time blooms, there are so many reasons to visit this season. Spring comes early on Scilly and it’s the perfect time to explore the islands. Here’s our top 5 ideas to add to your Scilly bucket list.

Spring flowers in Tresco Abbey Garden, Isles of Scilly


The flora and fauna

A visit to Tresco in spring is a must for garden lovers. The world famous Tresco Abbey Gardens has flowering plants all year round with spring being a prime time to see the flora unfold. Described as the perennial Kew without glass you’ll see more than 20,000 species of plants from all over the world – it’s definitely a must see. As well as its world-famous plant collection, the Abbey Garden’s walled network of pathways and sculptures means there’s a surprise around every corner.

Spring walks on St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly


The walks

One of the best ways to explore the Isles of Scilly is on foot. The whole of Scilly is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and you’ll find miles of coastal footpaths. In spring you will discover a landscape full of surprises, shifting in a medley of colours and senses throughout the day. Whether it’s simply exploring under your own steam or joining organised rambles with expert local guides, this is the destination for appreciating the great outdoors.

Puffins return in spring to the Isles of Scilly


The puffins return

Every spring the puffins arrive back in Scilly until July, they come ashore to nest in colonies on some of the larger uninhabited island. Puffins are one of Scilly’s most popular seabirds and it’s one of only a few place in the UK where you can spot them. Their distinctive look and quirky character makes them fascinating to watch and there’s plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy these wonderful birds with regular sea safaris and boat trips.

Beaches in spring on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly


The beaches

Long coastal walks, leisurely paddles between the bays there’s no doubt Scilly has some of the most picturesque beaches in the UK. Home to more than 35 stunning white sandy beaches and magical hidden coves with crystal-clear turquoise waters. You’re rarely more than 10 minutes walk from one and there’s a good chance you’ll have it all to yourself. Our favourites include Great Bay on St. Martins and Bar Point on St. Mary’s.

Alfresco dining in spring on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

alfresco dining

The food & drink

The climate on the Isles of Scilly in spring is a few degrees warmer than the mainland making the picture-perfect Holy Vale Vineyard the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious alfresco lobster lunch (a regional delicacy with the lobsters having been collected from the harbour that morning) accompanied by a glass of their wine from March onwards in its outdoor café.