ESCAPE TO THE EDGE OF THE ATLANTIC
St. Agnes is the very tip of the British Isles. To the south west, there’s nothing but Bishop Rock lighthouse, three thousand miles of ocean and, beyond that, North America. As you’d expect, it’s unspoiled, and a little untamed – with mysterious, Bronze age archaeology, and rare bird species brought in on the Atlantic currents.
It’s also home to a community of 72 people, the famous Turk’s Head pub, and creamy Troytown Farm ice cream – made by just nine cows. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place.
Things to see and do
A pub with a viewThe Turk’s Head is one of Scilly’s most iconic pubs – and, overlooking Porth Conger, it’s arguably one of the most scenic in the UK. It’s popular with islanders and visitors alike, with a varied lunch and dinner menu, and range of real ales. Contact 01720 422343
See the islands, gigs and sealsSt. Agnes Boating has a full daily schedule of trips to other islands, and can take you out to the western rocks to see the resident sea birds and seals. And if you’d like a close-up view of the Isles of Scilly’s own sport, you can follow a pilot gig race without ever touching an oar yourself.
The Old Man of GughLow tide exposes a sandbar from St. Agnes to the neighbouring island of Gugh. Walk across, and at the top of Kittern Hill you’ll find a mysterious, Bronze Age standing stone. The Old Man of Gugh is a granite menhir, nine feet tall, and it’s believed it was used in druids’ rituals.
A twitcher’s paradiseBecause of the island’s location on the ocean’s edge, rare and exotic birds crossing the Atlantic tend to find St. Agnes first. And because this history of attracting species like short-toed eagle and grey-cheeked thrush, birdwatchers flock here too.
Search for treasure at Beady Pool400 years ago, a trading ship foundered on the treacherous rocks off St. Agnes, sending its cargo of Venetian glass and ceramic beads to the bottom of the sea. Ever since, the currents have carried these tiny treasures to a horseshoe-shaped cove – earning it the name Beady Pool.
Day trips on St. Agnes
For the best day trip from Cornwall to St. Agnes, choose a Fly+Sail ticket: simply park in Penzance, catch our free shuttle to the airport and fly to the Isles of Scilly with Skybus. Later, in the afternoon, catch the Scillonian III back to the mainland.