Bryher is one of those places that people name their children after – and when you visit, it’s easy to see why.

The island has a bit of everything: a rugged, Atlantic side with dramatic coastline and, occasionally, waves to match. But its sheltered, eastern shores, looking across to Tresco, are sandy and calm. On some tides, you can even make the crossing on foot.

You’ll also find sweeping views, a wide choice of accommodation, a well-known artist’s studio, some of the islands’ most sought-after eating experiences… and, who knows? pehaps some inspiration.


Find out why the whales came

See the views that inspired Michael Morpurgo’s book

Time to get messy

Hands-on seafood at the Crab Shack

World-renowned art

Visit Richard Pearce's Golden Eagle studio, converted from a gig shed.

Explore by boat

Discover neighbouring islands, and find your own deserted cove

Perfect, white sand

If you’re looking for the ideal beach, Rushy Bay takes some beating


Yes, this is really called “Hell Bay”

In the summer, it might look more like heaven – with Atlantic waves lapping the edges of the cove, and sandy beaches fringing the grass and wild flowers. On a still day, the terrace beside the hotel bar – overlooking the Great Pool – is the most peaceful place you could imagine.

But come here in a storm, when the breakers sweep in from the ocean and meet the first land for two thousand miles, and you’ll see Hell Bay is aptly named. It’s a majestic sight, revealing the power of the sea. And it’s one of the contrasts that makes Bryher so unique.

Things to see and do


Guided walking tours of Bryher

As Scilly’s smallest inhabited island, walking around Bryher is easy enough for most people. But to really understand the island’s highlights, you might like a guided tour from local resident Chris Potterton. Contact 01720 423467
Local food

Fudge, crab and fish & chips

Bryher his home to some of the Isles of Scilly’s most sought-after eating experiences – like Veronica Farm fudge, local Tattie Cake, and Jamie Oliver’s favourite seaside fish & chips. Meanwhile, the Crab Shack at the Hell Bay Hotel only serves crab, mussels and scallops: it’s fun, informal, and enjoyably messy… not to mention popular: you’ll need to book well in advance.
Arts and crafts

Visit Bryher’s artist-in-residence

Richard Pearce paints world-renowned art from his Golden Eagle studio: a converted gig shed, overlooking Great Bay. You can view dozens of paintings and prints of all sizes, or try your own hand, at craft workshops run by Richard’s wife Caroline. Great Bay, Bryher 01720 423665 (open Monday-Saturday 9 am – 5 pm , and Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm)
Boat hire

Cruise at your own pace

Hire a motor boat or catamaran, a sailing dinghy or a kayak from the island’s boatyard, and you’re ready to explore the waters around Bryher. You can find an island of your own, or hire a line and fish from your boat – all under the watchful eye of a regular safety patrol. Bennett Boatyard, Green Bay, Bryher 07979 393206 (open from 09:30 am to 6 pm)

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Family holidays on Bryher are relaxed and unfussy. Beaches, ice-creams, games, swimming – and the fun of exploring a small island that’s safe and almost entirely traffic-free.

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Combine gentle walking with dramatic, all-encompassing views. You don’t explore the landscape so much as immerse yourself in it.

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Escape, and spoil yourself

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