Things to do on the Islands/Local Attractions

The Isles of Scilly is made up of 5 inhabited islands St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martins, Bryher and St Agnes each with there own special something to offer the first time visitor, plus several uninhabited  islands such as Samson which occasionally you can take a trip to with the Boatmans Association.

Old Town
While you are staying with us in Old Town there are a few local craft places you can visit here which are only a few minutes walk down the road from Tolman Guest House. Chris Perry is a local painter, also John Bordeaux specialises in pottery and they all showcase unique ranges of artwork and pieces to take home as a memory of Scilly.

Carreg Dhu Gardens
Carreg Dhu gardens are down the road about 10 minutes walk from us nicely kept gardens used to be an old quarry, beautiful flowers and birds so tame they literally eat out of your hands!

Pulpit Rock
Penninis coastline with Pulpit Rock is just across the bay from us and a great scenic way to walk to Hugh Town.

Places to eat in Old Town
•  Old Town Cafe open in the daytime and closed on Saturdays.
•  Tolman Cafe open 7 days a week daytime and evenings.
•  Old Town Inn open most days and evenings and serves local ales.

Hugh Town
In Hugh Town there are plenty of places to eat, pubs, restaurants whether looking for a pub meal or something more special. Taxis are available if you prefer not to walk and there is a torch in all of our rooms for that evening stroll

If you would like to do an off island trip we are 15 minutes walk from the quay walking up the main road, if you would rather not walk there, a community bus stops just outside Tolman Guest House beside the bay and will drop you into Hugh Town near to the quay in time for the boat departures, there are all the direct return boat trips to the islands to choose from plus special trips to the Eastern Rocks to see the seals and to the Western Rocks to to see the puffins.

On a really calm day you may get the opportunity to take a trip to the Bishop Rock lighthouse 7 miles out this can only be done on a calm day. You might also want to use the community bus for a getting on and off service around the island for a small charge each time.

Supper Boat Trips:
Subject to weather and tides there are supper boat trips in the evenings leaving from the quay to the off-islands for a chance to sample some local foods and different scenery, which can be booked in one of the local shops or direct on the quay.

There are several bus tours which depart from Hugh Town on the strand with an interesting on board commentary of the islands and its history, and of course there are lots of walks to various parts of the islands with lots of beautiful beaches and inlets to explore.

The Garrison 
The Garrison is one of the places we always recommend to people who are visiting the islands for the first time as you can walk the whole circuit and view all the off islands on the way and learn the history as you walk.

In Hugh Town at the Church Hall there are slide shows every week and the museum gives an in depth look into the history of the islands and the many shipwrecks that have happened over the many years.

Also there are various local crafts people in and around Hugh Town making a selection of products unique to the islands.