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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: southern most inhabited island of the archipelago
  • Size: 148 hectares
  • Terrain: grassy, sand and rocky undulating paths
  • Access: boat 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:

    you’re at the very tip of the British Isles. In the south west, the only point between you and the three thousand miles of ocean to America is the statuesque Bishop Rock lighthouse. No surprise then that a walk here really feels like you’re teetering on the outer edge, placing you almost within touching distance of the fearsomely jagged western rocks and the swirling bird colonies of the uninhabited Annet. This feeling of isolation is only enhanced by the wind-pruned heath of Wingletang Down and its characterful granite tors. There’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

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

    an easy graded walk, rugged in parts, taking in most of the points of interest on this island. Starting at the Quay and passing The Bar to Gugh then taking in the heathery slopes around Wingletang Down and the fantastical granite outcrops, incuding Nags Head, on the rugged and wild west coast. Troytown campsite 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

  • Getting there:

    boat from St Mary’s

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