When you first arrive on the Isles of Scilly, you may not actually believe that you are still in the UK. Lying off the coast of Cornwall (and you thought that Cornwall was laid back, didn't you?) life on the Isles of Scilly moves to the beat of a very different drum, a drum long lost to much of the UK. Of the five inhabited islands in the Scilly archipelago, we have identified three here as fabulous destinations for camping and caravanning. In spite of their alluring beauty, these islands are uncrowded, unspoilt and you will feel as though you have stumbled, inadvertantly, on a rather well kept secret. DIY wild-life safaris in the Scillys offer sightings of basking shark, puffins, seals, dolphins and any nuber of species of bord, some of them rare. You can sail, you can kayak, windsurf, fish, you can dive, horse ride, cycle, beachcomb... or you can just sit and unwind.
St Martins is the third largest of the Isles of Scilly and is the first land you see when crossing from the mainland by sea. Fine sandy beaches, safe bathing, secluded coves and fantastic coastal walking: St Martin's offers utterly picturesque surroundings in which to enjoy a quintessential summer holiday. Out of high season visits will also be rewarded though with flowers in Spring and bird life in Autumn. St Martin's offers a variety of island-related activities too: fishing, sailing, diving and snorkeling, clay pigeon shooting and canoeing. And, as with all of the Scilly isles, the welcome will be genuinely warm and heart-warming.
St Agnes is one of the smaller of the islands at only a mile across, with a community of 72 people. Come to St Agnes for clear waters, clean air that sweeps in straight off the vast sweep of the Atlantic, come here for astonishing night skies, for a fascinating coastline deeply indented by the ravages of the sea, for white sand and granite cairns. Yes, you can enjoy the odd band playing in the local pub on a Friday evening - this is a real working community. But purity runs through ever aspect of this unspoilt flower-island haven and no matter where you are on the island, you won't be far from a spot where you can hear nothing but the sound of the birds, the waves and the breeze.
Bryher, the smallest island at one and a half miles long and half a mile wide and by far the quietest of the inhabited Scilly Isles, had to feature as a hotspot because of its very remoteness. There's a post office, yes, and a bakery and small shop. But beyond that... but really, what else do you need? Bryher is an island of two halves: its west facing coast bearing the full force of the Atlantic Ocean (go to the aptly named Hell Bay to storm-watch and take your camera!) whereas the east coast is sheltered and far more tame. The clear water and fine white sand of Rushy Bay, and other beautiful secluded coves along the coastline are linked only by tracks and the views from the hill tops across the Scilly Isles will stay with you forever.
Here we have identified St Agnes Campsites, St Martin's campsites and Bryher campsites, all offering unique holidaying experiences that you will never forget. Use the details of each campsite to find the facilities and location to suit you and your family's needs.
Be warned: once you've been to the Scillys once, you'll be back!