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About the Isles of Scilly - St Agnes

St Agnes is one of those rare places which can honestly claim to be unspoilt. It is a small flower farming community which has not been robbed of its tranquility by commercialisation. Our beautiful island, about a mile across, welcomes those who want a simple holiday away from the stress and pollution of the mainland. The sea is crystal clear, ideal for snorkelling and diving, and at night the stars can appear remarkably bright in the clear air.

Walking around the island you will see very little traffic on our single track lanes, and there are many paths around the deeply indented coastline which provide a succession of views both varied and beautiful. The curving sandbar between St Agnes and Gugh is one of the finest beaches on Scilly, with fine white sand, contrasting with the magnificent granite outcrops on the wilder western end of the island. There are several other sandy coves with rock pools, including 'Beady Pool' where children and adults alike hunt for beads buried in the sand from a 17th century shipwreck.

The downland areas on both St Agnes and Gugh, where birds, butterflies and wild flowers abound are maintained, by the Isles of Scilly WildlifeTrust, as sites of special interest. There are also sites of archaeological significance. Take advantage of low off-season rates: in spring you can see daffodils flowering in every hedge and in autumn migrant birds frequent St Agnes, including many rare species.

There are guest houses, a variety of self-catering cottages and chalets and a camp site (see the where to stay on St Agnes page). There are two cafes, a pub, a bulb shop, Post Office / general store and the Island Hall can be rented for social functions, private hire or group activities. Available locally, depending on season, are organic fruit, vegetables and herbs from Tamarisk Farm, and fresh fish and shellfish. Products made on the island include soaps with locally grown essential oils, handmade organic chocolate, 'pop art' paintings and silver jewellery. A boat service provides opportunity to visit the other islands and to follow the weekly gig race. Longer trips are also available to see birds and seals. Fishing, tennis and cricket can be enjoyed by visitors to St Agnes. Church services are held regularly, weather permitting!
(Text taken from the St Agnes brochure)

St Agnes also has it's own community website


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