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Introducing Isles of Scilly

It’s not quite true to say that Land’s End is the most westerly point of the British Isles; that claim truly belongs to the tiny Isles of Scilly, 28 miles southwest of mainland Cornwall. Over 140 islands make up this min-iature archipelago, but only five are inhabited; St Mary’s is the largest and busiest island, closely followed by Tresco, while only a few hardy souls remain on Bryher, St Martin’s and St Agnes. Nurtured by the Gulf Stream and blessed with a balmy subtropical climate, the Scillys have long survived on the traditional industries of farming, fishing and flower-growing, but these days tourism is by far the biggest money-spinner. With a laid-back island lifestyle, a strong community spirit and some of the most glorious beaches anywhere in England, it’s hardly surprising that many visitors find themselves drawn back to the Scillys year after year. While life moves on at breakneck speed in the outside world, time in the Scillys just seems happy to stand still.