Stephen Morris, Artist on the Isles of Scilly

Isles of Scilly

Art Friendly Holidays and Short Breaks

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St Marys is the largest island in the archipelago known as The Isles of Scilly. They lie about twenty eight miles west south west of Lands End in Cornwall and enjoy a mild maritime climate due to the influence of the Gulf Stream. The Isles of Scilly have been designated a United Kingdom Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty due to their unique landscape, ecology, and historical significance. Following this (underlined) link takes you to Earth Observatory's stunning image of the Isles of Scilly taken from the International Space Station, March 10th 2007 (opens in new window)

Winters are very mild (the Met Office classes Scilly as the warmest place in the UK) while summers are warm but not too hot. Thanks to the climate, the islands are home to exotic plant species that survive nowhere else in the British Isles. In fact, Tresco Abbey Gardens has been described as 'Kew with the roof off'.

Porthloo itself is a small hamlet of about two dozen properties, mainly surrounding Porthloo Green, facing Porthloo beach and the sea, flanked on one side by Newford Island and the other by Taylor's Island. The area is about fifteen minutes leisurely walk along the scenic beach path from Hugh Town. On the way, you pass Porthmellon Beach which is one of the most popular family beaches because of its wide expanse of sand and gently sloping beach giving safe paddling and bathing.

Map of St Marys, Isles of Scilly, UKMap of Porthloo, St. Marys, Isles of Scilly, UK