Isles of Scilly

The beautiful archipelago of the Isles of Scilly lies approximately 28 miles west south west of Land’s End and is a cruising paradise. Miles of white sandy beaches, acres of natural landscape and a long and fascinating history combined with a relaxed lifestyle and an exceptionally mild climate make it hard to leave. Only St Mary’s, St Martin’s, Tresco, Bryher, St Agnes and Gugh are inhabited and each island has its own unique character.

There are no marinas here, but moorings can be found in St Mary’s Harbour as well as several other locations and there is no shortage of good anchorages. St Mary’s is also best for marine services, banks and provisions. Good navigation is essential due to the number of rocks and shallows. Visitors should also be aware that weather can be unpredictable and change quickly so be prepared to move.

Navigation & Pilotage Notes

Please Note: Navigation and pilotage notes are provided for general information only and it is essential to use up to date charts and pilotage information  for navigation purposes.

If you really want to test your navigation this is the place. There are many, many rocks and a lot of them are uncharted. There are also many wrecks.  Good charts and pilotage information are essential. However, just as essential is a good look out in the bows for the uncharted hazards.

Alternatively, you can make life easier for yourself with a visitors’ mooring in St Mary’s Harbour and use local ferries to visit the other islands.

Isles of Scilly RCC PilotThe Imray Isles of Scilly Pilot has been revised and updated and provides the most comprehensive guide to the archipelago. The West Country Cruising Companion also offers extensive advice.

Admiralty Charts providing excellent coverage of the Isles of Scilly are number 34: Isles of Scilly and 883: St Mary’s and the Principal Off-Islands.

Imray’s 2400: West Country Chart Pack also covers the Isles of Scilly.

Admiralty Easytide provides tidal predictions for St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly for the next 7 days.

The islands are low lying and there is very little shelter in bad weather. Weather forecast information is available from the Met Office whose inshore waters forecast for Lyme Regis to Land’s End includes the Isles of Scilly. Windfinder provides a useful multi-day forecast for sailors. A forecast is also displayed daily on the noticeboard outside St Mary’s Harbour Office.