Beach of the Week: Rushy Bay, Scilly Isles

Each week we bring you one of the best beaches in the world as our beach of the week. This week’s best beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Scilly Isles.

Beach: Rushy Bay.

Where: Bryher is the smallest inhabited island in the Scilly Isles.

Why: For such a small island (two kilometres long), Bryher has very contrasting coastlines; the north of the island is wild, with the aptly named Hell Bay providing the perfect place for a refreshing morning walk. South of the island is Rushy Bay which is sheltered, tranquil and comes with a white sand beach ideal for a spot for swimming, especially in the rock pools that appear at the end of the beach. The Scilly Isles are also a hotspot for twitchers (birdwatchers) that flock (sorry) binoculars in hand ready to spot a rose-coloured starling (we’ve been assured this is the rock star of the bird world).     

How: By boat from Penzance. The helicopter service no longer runs so prepare your sea legs.

H20: Bristol blue glass.

Sand Tone: Porcelain doll.

Stay: Hell Bay Hotel hits the spot for cosy seaside indulgence. The restaurant has a great wine selection and uses fresh, local ingredients. Go on treat yourself.

Read: Relive your youth with the Michael Morpurgo classic Why the Wales Came, set on Bryher.

By Nancy Edmondson

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