At the southwestern tip of England, the cliffs of Land’s End appear to be where the county of Cornwall ends. In fact, 28 miles due west lie a group of islands with gin clear water, sandy beaches, hidden coves, and balmy breezes. Located far enough into the Atlantic to benefit from the warming effects of the Gulf Stream current, even palms and tropical pandanus trees grow here.
With 55 islands and islets to explore, most uninhabited, there’s a beach for everyone. From a castle to an array of traditional pubs and winding country lanes, the Isles of Scilly offer a solid slice of Englishness — history, scenery, architecture, and food — in a small, easy-to-navigate area.