All About Scilly

6 Interesting Facts About Scilly

  1. Known as ‘The Fortunate Isles’.
  2. Celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, Kelly Brook and Jude Law have visited, not to mention Royalty including The Princes of Wales.
  3. Sir Clowdisley Shovell’s fleet was shipwrecked on the islands in 1707.  But there have been many more wrecks and it is estimated that there could be over 600 ships of various nationalities sunk at points around the islands.
  4. Home to the most southwesterly pub in the British Isles, The Turk’s Head on St Agnes island.
  5. King Charles’ Castle on Tresco island dates back to the 16th century and the fort was manned by Royalists during the English Civil War. It was originally built at the behest of Queen Elizabeth I to help defend against pirates and Spanish forces.
  6. Market flower growing is one of the leading occupations on the islands and Tresco’s Abbey Gardens are home to 20,000 exotic plant species from over 80 different countries.