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.
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.
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
taken from the St Agnes brochure)
St Agnes also
has it's own community website www.st-agnes-scilly.org