An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

St Agnes camping

The island on Britain’s western edge with astonishing rock formations, and wildness on a campsite with a 180 degree views across the Atlantic, Bishop Rock Lighthouse, the rugged western rocks and the uninhabited bird-island of Annet. This is the island for spectacular sunsets. Troytown campsite is on a working farm whose cows provide milk used to produce the best ice-cream for far and wide. Could it be more perfect?

Location: Troytown Farm, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly

Campsite facilities: Ladies and gents toilets; shaver points; hair dryers; washing up room; secure lockers; charging points for electronic devices; shop selling farm produce; freezer Block service (20p); hot showers (token operated – 70p); hand-basins; baby changing table; washing machine (£4); tumble dryer (£1); luggage transfer to and from the quay (£4)

Dog friendly: yes (limit to total number of dogs on the site; and limit of one dog per party during school holidays)

Local facilities: Groceries can be picked up at St Agnes Post Office and Stores and at Troytown Farm (dairy, meat and seasonal vegetables). Two minutes from the quay is the Turks Head – a pub with a seriously good pub terrace and a view of the quay and the islands beyond. There is also a lovely tea room which doubles as a takeway pizza two nights a week at the Coastguards Café, great scones at Covean Cottage cafe as well as the boutique High Tide Seafood Restaurant.

Getting to the campsite: from St Agnes’ quay there is a service to transfer your luggage to the campsite whilst you enjoy a scenic 15 minute walk to the site.

Don’t miss: walking St Agnes coastal walk to see all of the highlights of the island.

The full route is described in the guidebook, ‘Islandeering: adventures around the edge of Britain’s hidden islands‘.

Nearby islands: whilst you are there, there’s a lot more to explore, check them out here

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