Warmed by the Gulf Stream, they hardly ever see frost, let alone snow, and are home to many tropical plants. You’ll arrive on St Mary’s where the airport and main port is located. It’s the biggest island and the most commercial, dedicated to tourism.
A boat trip from St Mary’s takes you to St Martins which, because of its sheltered position, is milder and less windy that the other islands. There, much of the Scilly’s fruit and vegetables are grown on small holdings. The crops are often organic being fertilised with rotted seaweed collected on the beaches.
St Agnes is the furthest southwest of the islands and is the most charming and picturesque. It has the smaller island of Gugh attached to it but the road to it is only navigable at low tide. Tresco is one of the most popular places for visitors. It is the second biggest of the islands and has a large timeshare development as well as the impressive Abbey Gardens.