Wild swimming - Scilly

Wild swimming off the rocks and beaches of St Mary’s, Scilly is one of the best things to do on Scilly. Here are some of our favourite spots:

Peninnis Head, St Mary’s
A wild and rugged promontory at the island’s southern tip made up of other-worldly-shaped granite tors. There is a 15 minute walk to the Head from Hugh Town, with a short, easy scramble down to the ledge to enter the water. The location can frequently pick up swell and chop as it faces St Mary’s Sound and the wider Atlantic (Drop into the water at GR SV 909 093)
Porth Cressa Bay, St Mary’s
A golden sand beach near Hugh Town. With frequent calm waters, sheltered on both sides by rocks, it offers generally safe swimming. Cafes and restaurants line the promenade here, providing quick post-swim refreshments (Drop into the water at GR SV 903 104)
Pelistry Bay, St Mary’s
An idyllic sandy beach, in the more remote north east of the island with the lovely Carn Vean Tearooms closeby (Drop into the water at GR SV 929 119)

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