THE IS­LANDS

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The Isles of Scilly of­fer a cer­tain qual­ity of life - sim­pler, kinder and more peace­ful - qual­ity long lost to many other parts of Bri­tain. 2,200 peo­ple are lucky enough to call it home. There are five in­hab­ited is­lands - St Mary's, Tresco, St Martin's, Bry­her and St Agnes plus count­less un­in­hab­ited is­lands to ex­plore, each with its own dis­tinct char­ac­ter­is­tics. Scilly boasts an in­cred­i­ble an­cient his­tory and ar­chae­ol­ogy, along­side sweep­ing sea views and rugged un­de­vel­oped coasts. Out at sea, there are in­cred­i­ble ship­wrecks and amaz­ing wildlife. The is­lands' her­itage re­volves around the sea - fish­ing for lob­sters, crabs and cray­fish and rac­ing tra­di­tional pilot gigs. Flower farm­ing also thrives with Scilly's scented nar­cissi renowned across the world. The sea air, clean seas and mild weather also pro­vide the ad­di­tional se­cret in­gre­di­ents to lo­cal fare - in­clud­ing lob­ster, ten­der is­land-reared beef, fresh­est veg­eta­bles and melt-in-the mouth ice-creams, to be en­joyed in cafés, restau­rants and lo­cal stores and farm stalls through­out the is­lands.

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