The Beach Guide

Best beaches in Isles Of Scilly

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Isles Of Scilly as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Isles Of Scilly is The Bar. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Isles Of Scilly just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • The Bar Beach © Colin Park | BY-SA

    1. The Bar Beach

    The Bar is a unique beach, being essentially a spit of pale white sand, which at low tide connects the islands of St Agnes and Gugh. When the tide is out, it is an excellent spot for bathing in the beautiful, turquoise, shallow waters,…

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  • Rushy Porth Beach © Ruth Riddle | BY-SA

    2. 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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  • Covean © Oliver Dixon | BY-SA

    3. 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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  • Pentle Bay © John Rostron | BY-SA

    4. 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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  • Green Bay © Colin Park | BY-SA

    5. 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. Small…

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  • Porthcressa Beach © Colin Park | BY-SA

    6. 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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  • Pelistry Bay © Colin Park | BY-SA

    7. 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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  • Porth Hellick Beach © John Rostron | BY-SA

    8. 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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  • Old Town Bay © Bob Embleton | BY-SA

    9. 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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  • Appletree Bay © Colin Park | BY-SA

    10. 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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