The tiny island of Bryher, Isles of Scilly, has two distinct faces. To the south and east, calm blue waters fill the narrow, sheltered channel between the island and its larger cousin, Tresco. Boats come and go whilst sunbathers enjoy the sandy beaches at Green Bay and the secluded cove of Rushy Bay. The northwestern shores, however, are a jagged jumble of weather-torn rocks, beaten and broken by the relentless Atlantic waves. Gales sometimes lash this coast with thousand-ton breakers, and places like Badplace Hill and Hell Bay have earned their names through reputation.
Such schizophrenic characteristics make this island special. The sandy-beach bays to the island’s south are backed by dunes and provide ample opportunity for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling, although the water can be a little nippy. Just beyond sits Samson Hill, the southernmost point of the island, with far-reaching views across the Scillies. The exposed, heather-covered plateau at the northern end of the island is dotted with prehistoric burial cairns.
Situated a short climb uphill from the boat jetty, where a tractor collects your bags, is Bryher campsite. Despite boasting views of the harbour, Tresco Channel and Cromwell’s Castle to the east and the open Atlantic to the west, it still occupies a wonderfully sheltered spot between two higher hills. It’s tents only at this discreet site that blends effortlessly into the landscape of the island, though the recent addition of luxury bell tents means you can turn up with little more than a toothbrush and a sleeping bag and you'll get by. It’s undoubtedly a beautiful spot. But to really see the best side of this isle of contrasts, visit in the spring or summer when warm, sunny days turn the whole of Bryher into an idyllic island paradise.
Facilities5 camping fields with grass pitches and pre-pitched fully-equipped rental Bell Tents, plus a separate games field football goals and a volleyball net. Toilets, basins and token-operated showers; coin-operated hairdryers and a shaver point. Washing machine, tumble dryer and a freezer for ice packs. Bell tents are fully equipped (including dining and cooking gear), just bring towels and bedding. Mobile phone-charging available. Tractor service for luggage from the quay (bookable in advance). The site stocks camping gas and other fuel, though for larger, non-disposable gas you must provide your own container.
Suitable ForTents, glampers and well-behaved groups – yes. Dogs, motorhomes and caravans – no.
NearbyBennett Boatyard (07979 393206) offers small motor boats, sailing dinghies, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. Or jump on one of the regular the inter-Island ferry connections to the other islands (including larger St Mary’s and Tresco). If it rains, check out local artworks at the Golden Eagle Studio (01720 422671), near to the Hell Bay Hotel where, incidentally, spa treatments are another rainy day option. The island also has a fantastic Community Centre, with table tennis, games, puzzles, books, and pool, which can be used by visitors at any time for a small donation. There is also a small play park in the garden.
Food & Drink
The cosy Fraggle Rock (01720 422222), Scilly’s smallest pub, is just a few minutes’ walk down the hill towards the quay. The contemporary Hell Bay Hotel (01720 422947) has an outside bar deck overlooking the sea and outstanding local seafood in the restaurant and Crab Shack. Bar snacks are available at lunchtime and in the evening (reservations essential). Bryher Shop offers an excellent selection of food and drink, as well as freshly baked bread and pastries. You can also pre-order shopping to be delivered to the campsite on your arrival.
Opening TimesLate March – October.
The Owner Says
The Perfect Base for Exploring the beautiful Isles of Scilly...
Nestled between two hills on the rugged island of Bryher, moments from a white sand beach and enjoying stunning panoramic sea views, Bryher Campsite is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Isles of Scilly.
With five camping fields, even in the height of summer there remains a wonderful sense of space. With traditional camping, you’re free to pick your own spot, whether you want to overlook Tresco Channel or the Atlantic, pitch next to your friends, or find a little corner all to yourself.
We also offer fully-equipped Bell Tent rentals so you can just turn up, chill out and enjoy your holiday. Our Bell Tents are spacious, five metre tents with plenty of living and sleeping space for up to five people. They're fully kitted out so all you need to bring is bedding and towels.
The campsite games field, with football goals and a Volleyball net, provides somewhere for the young (and young at heart!) to let off steam and meet new people.
Bryher is an island of contrasts, with beautiful, safe sandy beaches on one side and dramatic cliffs on the other. The smallest of the inhabited islands, Bryher is packed with things to do and places to eat for a relaxing but fun island escape.
There's also a brilliant local boat service, helping you get around and explore the other islands - or you could rent a kayak or small boat and go under your own steam!
Getting here is as easy as hopping on the ferry or small plane from the mainland. Most importantly, once you've checked in your luggage you won't need to worry about it again until you reach the campsite, so getting your camping gear here couldn't be easier.
Sitting 28 miles off Land's End, Scilly may feel a world apart, but getting to Bryher couldn’t be easier. Take the Scillonian ferry from Penzance or fly with Skybus from Land's End, Newquay or Exeter. You'll then hop on a smaller inter-island ferry to reach Bryher.
Bringing your camping gear is easy; once you've checked in your luggage at Penzance Quay or at the airport, you don't need to think about it again until you get to the campsite. Campsite staff will meet you on the quay on Bryher and transfer your luggage to the campsite for you. The site is just a 5–10 minute walk from the quay.
Take a look at the information available from Isles of Scilly Travel.
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