Bryher is an island with two very differnt sides. The east side looks over the sheltered water between Tresco and Bryher, white sandy beaches and quiet tracks. On the western site it’s a different story, with jagged rocks stretching away into the atlantic swell, and the aptly named Hell Bay a great place to watch waves crashing against rock. To the south over looking the unihabited isle of Samson is the utterly gorgeous Rushy Bay, has to be one of the finest beaches anywhere, many visitors first and only stop on a sunny day.

The small community on Bryher welcomes visitors who return year after year, with a busy campsite, guest houses and plenty of self catering accommodation, plus one of only two hotels off St Marys, the Hell Bay Hotel.

There is well-stocked shop on Bryher, and a gallery, Olivia’s Kitchen, Fragle Rock Bar & Cafe and the Hell Bay Hotel to eat in. Plus an extremely well stocked vegetable stall with what ever has been picked that day for sale. Fresh Lobster and Crab are available, but for us it is the visit to Veronica’s Farm home made fudge stall that is an essential stop when visiting Bryher. The sheltered side of the island is the only place you can hire boats on the off islands, with a busy boatyard and shop.