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The Daffodil of South West England

The Isles of Scilly featured as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of South West England are an archipelago where blooming daffodils are a symbol, the countryside is the home of numerous bird species and the nature here has won the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty award. Inhabited since the Stone Age, raided by rum-drinking pirates, the isles where the old Celtic language was spoken have ''fought'' in one of the longest wars in the world, the 335 Years War against the Netherlands.

No Iciness in the Celtic Sea

Named also Syllan or Enesek Syllan, this British archipelago is located off the South West tip of the Cornish Peninsula, in the Celtic Sea. About 45 kilometers (25 miles) off the coast of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly covering approximately 16 square kilometers (6,18 square miles) can be divided into five inhabited ones and 140 uninhabited land masses. The largest city is Hugh Town on St. Mary's with a population of a little over one thousand people (1,068). Due to their favorable geographical position, the isles rarely feel the touch of frost or snow and are have the mildest and warmest climate in the United Kingdom. The position in the Celtic Sea also attracts the migratory birds. In this birdwatching paradise one can observe and study rare species especially during October. Beauty also comes in the delicacy of daffodils, the main agricultural product.

Wars for Beauty

The Isles of Scilly have had a valuable historical importance in time. The Romans mention them as a single unit, there are remains of Norman conquest and the Middle Ages are known for replacing the old Celtic language spoken here. The 335 Years War is the world's longest with the fewest casualties. During this ''fight'' against the Netherlands there was not a single shot and peace was finally declared in 1651.

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a significant landscape value, the Isles of Scilly and their special environment earn 85% of their income through the tourism advertising these two factors.

Hell Bay, a Gate to a Rare Paradise

The five inhabited Scillionian spots of land are St. Mary's, Tresco, St. Martin's, Bryher and St. Agnes. Visiting the five, remember to climb the 1803 gun tower on St. Mary's, nowadays the Telegraph Tower because it serves in broadcasting or the Light House on St. Agnes which was once coal fired. Observe the difference in the three main settlements Higher Town, Middle Town and Lower Town on St. Martin and the architectural details in the Tresco Anglican church. Bryher is the smallest of the five and is mostly associated to its Hell Bay, where many ships have lost themselves into the foaming sea.

Smell the daffodils to remember the Isles of Scilly or take a trip here and relax in a rare environment of outstanding beauty.

How to get there?

The fastest way to get to the Isles of Scilly known for their outstanding natural beauty is by air or by ship. Picking the air ways, you will have to fly to St. Mary's airport, which is located 1,9 kilometers (1,2 miles) East of Hugh Town. Getting there by ship, you will arrive at the private Duchy of Cornwall St. Mary's Harbour, which is the main port facilitating connectivity around the islands.