AN ISLAND OF CONTRASTS
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.
Things to see and do
Fudge, crab and fish & chipsBryher 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.
Visit Bryher’s artist-in-residenceRichard 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)
Cruise at your own paceHire 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)
Day trips on Bryher
With regular boats making the short journey to and from St. Mary’s quay, it’s perfectly possible to spend time on Bryher as part of a day trip aboard Scillonian III – in fact, it’s ideal for a seafood lunch. Or, for more time, you can always fly out and sail back.