What to do in Isles of Scilly

Gig rowing runs through the veins of every Scillonian and watching these colourful boats and crews practice and race is a sight to behold. Heralding from the late eighteenth century, when local pilot boats guided sailing ships to the Cornish shores, these boats have always been built for competition – as the pilot gig that got to the ship first got the job and the wage. Gig racing can be watched every Wednesday and Saturday evenings any time of the year with the racing calendar culminating in the World Pilot Gig Championships in the waters off St. Mary’s. The event attracts thousands of rowers and supporters from across the globe for a weekend of passionate rowing and revelry alike. The Mermaid Tavern, and any of the off-island pubs, are full of merriment, sea shanties and beer fumes. For events check notice boards around Hugh Town or website https://www.gigrower.co.uk/events/

Visiting St Mary’s

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Islands nearby

The other Scilly Isles are also excellent destinations and all within easy reach of St Mary’s using the characterful inter-island boats.

St Martin’s

St Agnes






St Helen’s



Other islands of the British Isles

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