Things to do
Whether you’re visiting us for the day or longer, Bryher, Isles of Scilly has so much to offer.
The island’s small size (just 1 and a half miles long by half a mile wide!) is deceptive there is plenty to keep the visitor amused and, should you feel the need to explore the other islands of the Isles of Scilly, Bryher has an excellent boat service to take you there.
Bryher, Isles of Scilly is a place where the simple things become totally absorbing and you can while away the hours so easily a leisurely stroll, a break to take in the view, a trip to get supplies from one of the local produce stalls and your morning has gone! Bryher is a safe haven where children can be allowed the freedom to roam and explore. And there is so much to explore– local children Zoe and Isaac Langdon recommend… checking out the cool hammock on Heathy Hill, snorkelling in Great Par, visiting Rushy Bay!
Guided Walks - Chris Potterton
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Local Bryher resident, Chris, offers various walks to discover the Island and learn about its History, Geology, Myths and Legends, from Gigs to Ghosts, and discover the infrastructure that makes the Island tick. Also, on Tresco join the Gardens and Castles walk. Walks are of various lengths and durations, or have a private walk to your requirements. For details phone or see the Walk Bryher Facebook page.
Guided Walks - Katherine Sawyer
Katharine Sawyer leads guided walks looking at the archaeological and historical sites on several of the islands. She is based on St Marys and brings people staying there to Bryher. It is possible for people staying on bryher to join her trip. Please contact her by email prior to your trip to find out when she’s heading to Bryher. She also leads archaeological and historical holidays based on Bryher. Visit her website for more information.
Guided Walks - Will Wagstaff
Will Wagstaff, resident ornithologist and naturalist, will take you on a relaxed walk along Bryher’s coasts and trails watching the passage of migrant birds, learning about the interesting local history and beautiful flora and fauna. Will is based on St Marys and brings people staying there to Bryher. It is possible for people staying on Bryher to join his trip. Contact him to find out when he is heading to Bryher.
Bryher has a real sense of community, something the visitor is always welcome to share. We built a new community centre for the island in 2009. It serves as an excellent wet weather facility– there are notice boards with local history and photographs from times gone by to browse, a book library, a table tennis table and a pool table. Island events are hosted here throughout the year with upcoming dates advertised around the island. Just outside the community centre we have a small children’s playpark with swing, climbing frame and slide.
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In 2011 we built an outside ‘Multi Use Games Area’ for tennis, football, netball and basketball. The court can be hired by the hour and tennis racquets and balls are also available to hire. There is a 7 hole golf course at Hell Bay Hotel which is open to non residents.
Art & Crafts
Bryher is the home of renowned local artist Richard Pearce. Visit his Golden Eagle Studio and newly opened Studio Workshop for original paintings and prints– the ideal way to take a piece of Scilly home with you. His wife Caroline offers craft workshops at the Studio– a great opportunity to learn a new skill. Classes on offer range from stencilling, paint effects, card making, printing and jewellery.
You can hire motor & sailing boats or kayaks from Bennett Boatyard and explore the tranquil waters between Bryher, Tresco, Samson and St Martin’s at your own pace. Hire wetsuits and fishing gear to increase the enjoyment! Bennett Boatyard, based at Green Bay, also offers chandlery services and storage facilities for boats, camping gear and bikes. We’ve got showers, washing facilities and waste disposal for visiting yachtsmen.
Bryher Boats offers an excellent service which we hope will add to the enjoyment of your holiday on Bryher. We operate all year round running a daily scheduled service from mid- February to the end of October. The Firethorn is licensed for 100 passengers and provides the service for scheduled trips. The Cyclone and Hurricane are two jet boats that are licensed for 12 passengers each and operate the private hire services, equivalent of a taxi on the mainland. The Faldore is licensed for 60 people.We visit Tresco – Everyday, St Mary’s – Monday to Saturday, St Agnes – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, St Martin’s – Monday Wednesday and Friday.Circular trips for Birds and seals Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. We try and visit Samson once a week.We follow the men’s gig race on Friday evening.Most days we offer a CYCLONE TRIP - an hour trip to see seals and birds with commentary on the history of the islands.There is a fishing trip at least once a week. From April to mid-September we go to St Martin’s one evening week, and offer occasional evening trips to Tresco.The Cyclone and Hurricane are available for hire if you want to do your own thing.Please do contact us if there anything we can help you with.
Island diver Mac Mace talks fishing... “A small island surrounded by spectacular clear waters has to arouse natural curiosity as to what fish live there. Sheltered bays and fore-shores swim with shoals of grey mullet some up to 5lbs, and very catchable with light gear and little more than a bread flake. A most enjoyable and challenging sport is fly fishing for them, and who knows a more shiny migratory relative might just be tempted. Float fishing from headland points and into the tide of the Channel produce Pollack, and as summer progresses, Mackerel; pan fried or barbecued they’re delicious. Specimen Wrasse can be found from several shore marks, be ready for a tough fight though. Come and see me at Bank Cottage. I hire rods, keep a selection of baits and always enjoy a chat about fishing!”
History of Gig racing
Just above the beach at Bar, is the Sussex Gig Shed. Tresco and Bryher Rowing Club extended the shed in 2011 to house their newest gig, the ‘Alfie Jenkins’ (built locally in 2010). The shed is open to everyone to pop in and have a look at the gig and find out more about the history and the future of gigs and gig racing on the islands.
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Hell Bay Hotel has partnered up with Tresco Flying Boat Spa, to offer Ila treatments in their newly converted treatment room. Treatments are open to everyone- just contact the hotel to find out more about the treatments available and to make a booking. Relax in the expert hands of their therapists who will be able to advise you on your treatment depending on your individual needs. All appointment times include a full consultation and aftercare service.