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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.