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Eco-tourism in Scilly Isles: How to have a sustainable holiday

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

In a world, increasingly conscious of the need for sustainable travel, eco-tourism has emerged as a popular choice for those seeking meaningful and responsible experiences.


Nestled off the southwestern tip of England lie the Isles of Scilly, an enchanting archipelago boasting breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife. With its commitment to preserving its natural heritage, the Isles of Scilly offer the perfect destination for eco-conscious travellers seeking an immersive and eco-friendly experience.

Scilly Escapes endeavours to be as sustainable as possible in our Scilly island properties, and we'd love our visitors to be conscious of their environmental impact too.


Reducing your environmental impact as a visitor

Whilst on the islands, we suggest the following things to offset your carbon footprint;


1. Recycling

Our holiday accommodations on Scilly Isles have a blue recycling bag for paper & cardboard and a green recycling bag for plastics.


Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at the bottle banks. There are two in town and one at the Telegraph.


2. Shopping

When shopping, please try and shop for local products that are made on the islands. This reduces the carbon footprint of freight from brought-in products and supports our local makers here on the islands.


Please bring a reusable bag when shopping and try to avoid plastic bags.


Try to avoid buying single-use plastic items.


3. Travelling around the islands

Instead of using motor vehicles to get around, our islands are primed for walking. Incorporate getting to your destination by passing by a beach or gardens to see the islands in full bloom.


You can hire bikes from the bike shop on Holgates Green to get around St Mary's.


Our tripper boats are the perfect way to travel to the off-islands instead of speedboats. They are a cheaper option and a much more environmentally friendly way to travel.


4. Conserving energy

Limiting heaters and electricity use in your properties that don't have renewable energy, i.e. solar panels, will help create a sustainable holiday in Scilly Isles.


Our islands often suffer from water shortages, so we really appreciate limiting water usage as much as possible.

5. Beach Cleaning

All the islands appreciate a bit of beach cleaning. You can either take a bag with you and fill it up as you go or pick up the odd piece when it appears in front of you. We're fortunate in Scilly that we don't have as much as other places; however, it's always best to dispose of it correctly when it appears.


Ways the islands are reducing their environmental impact


The Isles of Scilly have implemented various initiatives to reduce environmental impact and promote sustainability. Here are some ways in which they are actively working towards minimising their ecological footprint:


Renewable Energy

The islands are investing in renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines and solar panels, to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. This shift towards renewable energy helps decrease carbon emissions and promotes a cleaner and greener energy supply.


Waste Reduction

The Isles of Scilly are committed to waste reduction and recycling. They have implemented comprehensive recycling programs, encouraging residents and visitors to segregate and recycle waste properly. Additionally, efforts are made to minimise single-use plastics by promoting reusable alternatives and encouraging businesses to adopt sustainable packaging practices.


Conservation and Protection

The archipelago is dedicated to preserving its unique flora and fauna. Several conservation organisations, such as the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, actively work to protect and restore the natural habitats and wildlife of the islands. This includes managing protected areas, monitoring vulnerable species, and implementing conservation projects.


Sustainable Agriculture and Fishing

The Isles of Scilly support sustainable farming practices and prioritise local food production. The islands have a strong agricultural community emphasising organic farming methods and reducing chemical use. Locally caught seafood, including lobster and crab, is sourced sustainably, ensuring the long-term health of the marine ecosystem.


Responsible Tourism

The Isles of Scilly promote responsible and sustainable tourism practices. Accommodations on the islands adhere to eco-friendly principles, implementing energy-saving measures, water conservation strategies, and waste management systems. Many establishments prioritise locally sourced and organic products, supporting the local economy and reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation.


Education and Awareness

The community on the Isles of Scilly actively engages in educational initiatives to raise awareness about environmental issues and the importance of sustainability. Local schools, conservation organisations, and tourism operators collaborate to provide visitors with educational programs, guided tours, and workshops, promoting a deeper understanding of the island's fragile ecosystem.


Marine Conservation Zones

The Isles of Scilly have designated Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) to protect their marine biodiversity. These zones restrict harmful activities, such as bottom trawling and dredging, helping preserve sensitive habitats and allowing marine life to thrive.


By implementing these measures, the Isles of Scilly are taking significant steps to reduce their environmental impact and ensure the long-term sustainability of their natural resources. These collective efforts aim to inspire and educate visitors, residents, and businesses to adopt more sustainable practices on the islands and beyond.


For those seeking an authentic, sustainable, and unforgettable travel experience, the Isles of Scilly offer a unique destination that combines breathtaking natural beauty with a commitment to eco-tourism. With its untouched landscapes, abundant wildlife, and sustainable practices, the archipelago provides an ideal setting for travellers to reconnect with nature while supporting the preservation of this hidden gem. Let the Isles of Scilly enchant you, leaving behind nothing but footprints and taking home memories that will last a lifetime.


If you're ready to experience this beautiful week on our islands, contact us to book your holiday accommodation in the Isles of Scilly.

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