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Old Ln, Isles of Scilly TR22 0PL, UK
Distance: 7.7km
Difficulty: Moderate
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 8 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Isle of Scilly
  • Size: 148 hectares
  • Terrain: Grassy, sand and rocky undulating paths
  • Access: Inter-island ferry from St Mary's
  • Height gain: 132 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer Map 101
  • Starting point: The Quay, St Agnes
  • Accommodation/food:

    The Turks Head, High Tide Seafood restaurant, two cafes and icecream at Troytown Farm with grocery at Post Office Stores. Several options for accommodation, including camping

  • Island Summary:

    The circular walk around the coast of St Agnes, Scilly, really does make you feel like you’re at the very tip of the British Isles. This truly is a walk on the outer edge placing you almost within touching distance of the fearsomely jagged western rocks and the swirling bird colonies of Annet.  In the island’s south west, the only point between you and the three thousand miles of ocean to America, is the statuesque Bishop Rock lighthouse. The feeling of isolation is only enhanced by the wind-pruned heath of Wingletang Down and its bizarrely-shaped granite tors.

  • Look out for:
    • Ancient Ruins
    • Campsite
    • Burnt Island
  • Route description:

    The coastal path around St Agnes starts at the Quay. It immediately passes The Bar to Gugh before taking in the heathery slopes around Wingletang Down and its fantastical granite outcrops, including Nags Head, on the rugged and wild west coast. Troytown campsite here’s plenty to see on the way and you don’t have to rough it – try the creamy Trotown ice cream and join in with a sea shanty or two as the beer flows at the famous Turk’s Head pub and farm provides a great opportunity for refreshments before a walk out to Burnt Island and then on around the north part of the island to return to the Quay. Download our free route and GPS (from the left hand bar)

  • Getting there:

    How to get to St Agnes, Scilly – Inter-island ferry from St Mary’s

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