More discoveries on Britain’s treasure islands

In the second part of Britain’s Own Treasure Islands John Boyle turns his attention to the smaller inhabited Scilly Isles. Starting with St. Agnes, joined to Gugh by a sandbar at low tide you get a real taste of the views and the pace of life that makes the islands so attractive. A walk around the coastline of St. Agnes takes around one hour and if you are taking the local boat to one of the other islands chances are you will await the boat’s arrival at The Turk’s Head pub at the top of the slipway.


St. Martin’s, the other side of St. Mary’s has the attraction of secluded, empty sandy bays. Plus, (for such a small island) its own bakery and vineyard.

Bryher the smallest of the inhabited islands, also features the highest point on any of the islands at its northern end, 140ft above sea level. Most of Bryher’s 90+ inhabitants live in the south of the island.


We end with a close up look at the seals that inhabit the islands and a trip to the famous Bishop Rock lighthouse, the most westerly point of the archipelago.