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The Isles of Scilly is a great destination for family holidays and attracts many tourists every year with its mild climate and scenic coastlines. All of the inhabited islands have a great wealth of activities and features for visitors to entertain and enjoy themselves. The Islands are very accessible so you can find several ways to visit should you be staying in a Cottage in Cornwall some way away.

There are many ways to explore the islands but by water is one of the most popular and convenient.  A very large number of boat trips are available from the islands ranging from circular tours of the archipelago to wildlife excursions on some of the smaller islands.  Fishing is a very large pastime for locals and visitors alike and the isles of Scilly can cater for most tastes with activities from full fishing boat charters to coastal fishing lessons. The world pilot gig championships are hosted every year on the isles of Scilly and prove a huge attraction to enthusiasts. With over 100 teams competing it guarantees to be a fun fuelled competition for spectators and locals alike.

Some people enjoy exploring the islands by foot and return to enjoy the glorious landscapes year after year.  The island of St Marys offers walkers luscious views and landmarks such as the eight pointed star castle known as the garrison.

St Agnes may not be the largest of the islands but has a wealth of sights and activities for walkers with wonderful beaches and coastlines to take advantage of. Low tide gives walkers the opportunity to cross the sandbanks of St Agnes and visit the island of St Gugh.

The island of Bryher takes walkers across its wonderful landscape to Hell bay which holds amazing views of the coastline and Atlantic Ocean. Visitors are recommended to travel back via the eastern shore where they can see Hangman Island, an island that was allegedly a gallows site during the civil war.

Many of the other islands have coastal walks through untouched surroundings with wildlife and views making the Isles of Scilly a wonderful place for walking on a Cottage Break Cornwall.

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