Isles Of Scilly Swimming beaches

The beach guide has 17 swimming beaches listed in Isles Of Scilly. Check here for all swimming beaches in the UK

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    1. Rushy Porth Beach

    Rushy Porth, on Tresco, is a white sand beach overlooked by a sixteenth century blockhouse. The beach slopes up into dunes and offers panoramic views of St Helen's and Tean.

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    2. Covean

    This magical little cove is tucked away just around the corner from The Bar and St Agnes' little harbour. The beach is the white sand you come to expect on the Scillies which soon gives way to a boulder-strewn sea bed making it perfect…

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    3. Pelistry Bay

    Pelistry Bay is a very unspoilt sandy beach on the east side of St Mary's. Usually deserted, with fine views of the Eastern Isles and an excellent cafe less than five minutes walk away. Toll's Island can be explored at low tide.

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    4. Porthcressa Beach

    Porthcressa is a golden sandy beach at the back of Hugh Town, the main town on St Mary's. There is a promenade above the beach, with a grassy area popular for picnics. Calm waters, sheltered on both sides by rocky outcrops, provide safe…

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    5. Porth Hellick Beach

    Porth Hellick Beach lies in a sheltered cove on the south-east of St Mary's; the largest of the Scilly Isles. This lovely, rural beach faces south-east and has a good stretch of coarse light golden sand which curves around the bay, almost…

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    6. Green Bay

    Green Bay, facing Tresco across the New Grimsby Sound, is a sandy beach with clear and very calm waters, ideal for launching kayaks and rowing boats, and offering safe anchorage for yachts.

    Snorkelling and diving are both popular.…

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    7. Town Beach

    Town Beach is a sandy beach that looks north from Hugh Town onto St Mary's Pool, a large, natural bay, which serves as a harbour for many small fishing boats and yachts. The granite pier at the western end serves as the main ferry port…

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    8. Lawrence's Bay

    This delightful, sandy beach lies on the western coast of St Martin's in the Scilly Isles. It has splendid views over the rocks and islands which rise out of the waters between St Martin's and Tresco. The long stretch of pale, fine sand…

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    9. Arlo Porth Beach

    Small stretch of sheltered sand tucked in behind the harbour wall in Hugh Town. Overlooked by most visitors, the beach is usually empty on account of it requiring a climb down.

    The beach is only accessible during low tide and…

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    10. Pentle Bay

    Pentle Bay has everything you would expect from a Scilly island beach; white sand, clear blue sea and barely another soul to be seen. The half mile crescent of sand is backed by low dunes and faces into the shallow and sheltered waters…

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    11. Old Town Bay

    Old Town Bay lies on the southern coast of St Mary's- the largest of the Isles of Scilly. The crescent-shaped beach, which is seldom busy, lies in a very sheltered position being flanked by Tolman Point and Penninis Head. This south-facing…

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    12. Appletree Bay

    Set on the foreshore of Tresco Abbey with its sub-tropical gardens is Appletree Bay. This is yet another gem of the Scilly Isles with everything you would expect from these pristine beaches. The crescent of near white sand faces into the…

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    13. Par Beach

    Par Beach, also known as Higher Town Bay, is a rural, sandy beach on St Martin’s, the third largest of the Scilly Isles. The south-facing beach offers stunning views over the uninhabited Eastern Isles. What makes this place special is…

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    14. Periglis Beach

    Periglis is a west-facing sandy beach with great views of the Western Rocks. The most westerly beach on St Agnes and in Britain.

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    15. Rushy Bay

    Rushy Bay is located on Bryher, the smallest inhabited island of the Isles of Scilly. The bay lies along the island 's Southern coast, which is known for being much calmer and more tranquil than the island's wild Northern coast. Set at…

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    16. Great Bay

    Great Bay is a large expanse of white sand, recently voted the best beach in the UK. Located on the north side of St Martin's, Great Bay is remote and utterly unspoilt.

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    17. Porth Mellon Beach

    Porth Mellon (sometimes written as Porthmellon) is located just a short walk from Hugh Town on St Mary's, the largest of the Scilly Isles. It faces north-west and has views towards Tresco and uninhabited Samson. The beach here is backed…