Our campers always comment that a holiday on Bryher is always relaxing, but never boring!

If you want to chill out and truly relax, Scilly is the ultimate place to do just that – but there’s also plenty to do when you want to get active! Parents never cease to be amazed by just how much children love the freedom and adventure of Bryher, which in turn means parents are free to relax and unwind.

As Dan of Bennett Boatyard puts it: “Bryher is beautiful, peaceful and has lots to do, in a don’t-have-to-do-anything sort of way!”

Below is just a taster of some of the activities on offer on Bryher and around the islands.

For information on where to eat on Bryher, see the About Bryher page.

Nothing anywhere can beat Bryher on a lovely summer day. The beaches are great and you can while away a day rock-pooling, shrimping and even walk to Tresco. The fishing is excellent and snorkelling is fabulous too. There are some beautiful walks right from the campsite with extraordinary views all around. Children are safe to walk about the island and for the adults - well Bryher is the only place I really feel like I can get work out of my head and there is a great pub and a good choice of restaurants.

MoyaW29 - TripAdvisor

What a truly beautiful place Bryher is. The kids loved scrambling onto rocks posing like explorers, sandcastle building, kite-flying, shell collecting, paddling, making little dams on the beach, playing with other children, shell-painting with poster paints and more. It's an idyllic, Enid Blyton-esque dream for children. The colour of the sea is amazing with the different shades of blue and vivid turquoise - it was hard to believe we were still in the UK. Very glad we went and now I know why people love it there!

Fluffymonster - MumsNet

Bryher Gig Czar
Watch a Gig race

Gigs used to race out to pilot passing ships through Scillonian waters, or rescue sailors from wrecks. Today, Gig crews compete on a Wednesday (women) and Friday (men) night. You can watch the race from the Firethorn – check boat boards for times.

Bennett Boat Hire Bryher
Hire a boat

Head to Bennett Boatyard to rent a kayak, sailing dinghy, rowing boat or small motor boat, which can be hired by the hour, half day, day or week. Explore Scilly’s crystal clear waters at your own pace, fish as you cruise between the islands or visit uninhabited shores for a picnic.

Rushy Bay Bryher
Enjoy the stunning beaches

Bryher has several stunning beaches. Whether you fancy a spot of beach-combing, swimming, a family sandcastle competition, a beach BBQ or picnic, or just kicking back and sunbathing, there’s always a sheltered bay to discover – and you’ll often have it all to yourself!

Walking on Bryher
Explore the island

Bryher is an island of contrasts – and you can walk around the island in a few hours. Check out the panoramic views from Watch Hill, hunt for driftwood and watch the waves crash in at Hell Bay and Shipman Head, then stroll south to the white sand beaches of Great Par and Rushy Bay, watching out for seals along the way.

Bryher MUGA
Play a game

There’s a games field with football goals on the campsite, and you can play tennis, football, netball or basketball on the island’s astroturf (hire rackets from Hell Bay Hotel), or use the hotel’s Pitch & Putt. If the weather’s not playing ball enjoy table tennis, snooker, board games and more at the Community Centre.

Bryher Gallery
Indulge yourself

If you fancy a spot of retail therapy, Bryher has two beautiful art and craft galleries, an honesty stall selling delicious local fudge, popup craft stalls, several vegetable stalls and a fresh fish shop. Bryher Shop also sells a great selection of gifts. Or pamper yourself by booking in for a massage at Hell Bay Hotel.

Walk to Tresco
Walk the channel

Once a month Spring Tides mean you can walk between Bryher and Tresco – where usually there’s five metres of sea water! Check the campsite noticeboard for tide times and the date of the next Spring Tides – as well as advice on how to cross safely. Walk to Tresco, grab a bite to eat, then get the boat back later!

Samson
Explore an uninhabited island

Whether you’ve hired your own boat or jumped on one of the regular trips run by Tresco Boats, taking your first steps onto the fine white sand of Samson is a thrill. The largest of the uninhabited islands, Samson was abandoned in the 19th century, but a wealth of historical remains are waiting to be explored.

Water Baby
Be a water baby

The east and south sides of Bryher offer beautifully calm, clear waters to enjoy paddling, swimming, snorkelling or – at high tide – quay jumping! The waters around Scilly are crystal clear but can be quite chilly, so you might want to bring a wetsuit – unless of course you want to prove your mettle!

Tresco Boats
Take a boat trip

Tresco Boats offer weekly trips to watch the Gig racing, wildlife trips where you may spot Puffins and Seals, regular fishing trips and excursions to Samson, and even the occasional voyage out to the Bishop Rock Lighthouse. Check the boat board for details.

Fishing Bryher
Catch your tea

Join one of Tresco Boats’ fishing trips, pop to Bank Cottage for some rock fishing tips and equipment hire, or have a go at Shrimping (July – September). Kids can even try crabbing off the quay. Cook your tea on a BBQ on the campsite or on a beach watching the sunset.

Cromwells Tresco
Island Hopping: Tresco

Take a trip to Tresco (daily boats) to explore Scilly’s second largest island. Hire a bike to explore the island, trek to Cromwell’s Castle and King Charles’ Castle, explore a cave, enjoy lunch at one of the great restaurants, or take a look around the world famous Abbey Garden.

Daymark St Martin's
Island Hopping: St Martin’s

Head to St Martin’s (boats Mon, Weds and Fri) and walk to the daymark, stop for lunch at Adam’s Fish & Chips, indulge yourself at Faye Page’s jewellery studio, or enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience swimming with Seals.

St Agnes Maze
Island Hopping: St Agnes

Take a trip to St Agnes (boats Tue, Thu, Sun) to search for beads from a 17th century shipwreck, try Troytown Ice Cream, grab a pint at the Turk’s Head and explore the tiny island of Gugh, connected by a sandbar at low tide.

Horse Riding
Island Hopping: St Mary’s

Head for St Mary’s for the day (daily boats) to indulge in a spot of shopping or horse riding, hire a bike and explore the island, enjoy a game at the Golf Club, or get your adrenaline pumping with Coasteering.