Exploring the lighthouses of the Isles of Scilly
Discover the lighthouses of the Isles of Scilly. The islands are an archipelago located 25 miles off the southwestern tip of Cornwall.
The main islands are St Mary’s, St Martin’s, Tresco, St Agnes and Bryher.
You can travel on the Scillonian ferry from Penzance Harbour to reach the islands, a trip lasting just under 3 hours. If you’re lucky, you may spot Longships or Wolf Rock Lighthouses and the Sevenstones Lightvessel as you cross. It is also possible to fly to the islands.
There are very few cars on the Isles of Scilly, but it is easy to get around. There are plenty of boats linking the islands and many day trips, so it’s easy to visit the lighthouses, as long as the weather is kind. Generally, the climate is much milder than in mainland England, but the waters can still get choppy from time to time!
Take a boat trip out to Bishop Rock Lighthouse, which marks the southwestern tip of the English coast. Near to Bishop Rock Lighthouse is the uninhabited island of Rosevear, which was used in the construction of the lighthouse.
The lighthouse of St Agnes is dominated by its lighthouse, built in 1680, the oldest of the Scilly lights. St Agnes Lighthouse is no longer operational and is privately owned, but is easy to see.
There are some beautiful walks around the islands. You can walk around the island of St Martin’s to the daymark – there are some incredible views from here.
If you get the chance to visit the beautiful Abbey Gardens on the island of Tresco, you will spot, among the figureheads, the brazier formerly used in St Agnes Lighthouse.
Please note that some lighthouses offer holiday accommodation, or may be privately owned.
Please take care not to trespass or drive on private property.
Find out more in the Lighthouse Directory