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The Isles of Scilly
Hugh Town, South Cornwall

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Situated 28 miles to the south west of Land's End lay the Isles of Scilly, which enjoy a balmy microclimate with plenty of sun and the sea protecting them from frost and snow. Dependant upon the tide there are between 100 and 150 islets which make up the isles, and they form part of the Duchy of Cornwall.

Only five of the islands are inhabited, and none are larger than three miles across. The largest island, St Mary's has its own capital, Hugh Town where the majority of the population reside as it has the most facilities.

Take a visit to the Isles of Scilly Museum whose diverse collection includes many items salvaged from ships or simply washed up on the shore. Locals here class the other inhabited islands as ‘off islands', the biggest being Tresco with its abbey and sub tropical gardens being the main attractions for visitors. To the west lies Bryher which has the smallest population, and on its west coast can be found Hell Bay which sees formidable Atlantic storms. East of Tresco is St Martin's which has impressively wild beaches and spectacular views from the north eastern cliffs. The isle of St Agnes completes the inhabited quintet with picturesque cottages and tidy lanes.

To reach the archipelago there is a choice of small plane or helicopter, or using a ferry from the mainland (Penzance) to St Mary's. Once there passengers can travel between the main islands using inter island launches.

Due to their mild weather the most important commercial activity on the isles after tourism is flower farming. The main crop being various species of narcissi, first appearing before Christmas and creating a spectacular effect in March and April when they are in full flower.

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