Bryher is an island of stark contrasts and irresistible charms. One side is rugged and dramatic, pounded by the Atlantic, with rocky vistas and wild scenery. The other side is calm and quiet, with secluded beaches and golden sand. On the day that we visited Bryher, swirling clouds were interspersed with sparkling sunshine as the wind blew the changeable weather in from the ocean.
We spent the morning alone at Rushy Bay. The children played barefoot on the white gold sand and we gazed at the mysterious uninhabited island of Samson and watched the seals dipping and diving around the rocks. If, like us, you’ve read Michael Morpurgo’s Why the Whales Came, arriving on the island will feel deliciously like stepping into a storybook.
Children can run free along Bryher’s paths and roads, meeting only an occasional walker or a meandering tractor. It’s impossible not to be charmed by the roadside honesty box shops selling all manner of treats, from boxes of eggs to homemade fudge. We picked up a picnic from the friendly and well-stocked Bryher Shop. The Tattie Cake, a homemade traditional delicacy, was particularly delicious.
Finally, before catching the boat, we stopped off at artist Richard Pearce’s dreamy studio, a repurposed boathouse on Great Par with staggering views of Hell Bay. Bryher has a magnetic pull. I feel its call, and I feel sure that we will return.
To discover more about the Isles of Scilly, go to www.visitislesofscilly.com. There are Skybus flights to St. Mary’s all year round from Land’s End and Newquay Airports, and between March and October from Exeter Airport. From spring to late-autumn, the Scillonian lll passenger ship sails up to seven days a week between Penzance and St. Mary’s. For travel information, visit www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk.
Laura’s trip to the Isles of Scilly was complimentary as part of a press trip kindly organised on our behalf. Thank you to Visit Isles of Scilly for arranging such a memorable trip.
Images by Laura Pashby