Much of Scilly is open to all but there are some areas that we request people do not visit to make space for nature; please respect our wildlife and the restrictions in place.

There are no "Rights of Way" or "Public Footpaths" in Scilly - all paths are purely "permissive". To find out more take a look at this article previously written for Scilly Now & Then

Having said that, the extensive areas managed by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust are generally open for the sensitive enjoyment of local people and visitors, except where the needs of wildlife require restrictions. The map below details where restrictions are in place for some or all of the year. These restrictions are generally for the benefit of breeding seabirds, pupping Grey Seals, or just to give nature a space to thrive without human disturbance. 

Whilst we have been very careful in identifying the areas below, please remember that seals and breeding birds can't read the map, and will also occur elsewhere! It is really important that you are aware of signs of disturbance and modify your behaviour, both on land and at sea, accordingly.   

Wild camping is not permitted anywhere, including the uninhabited islands. This is because of the risk of fire, disturbance to wildlife, damage to archaeological features & littering.  Whilst we accept true wild campers will not leave a trace, we do not believe that everyone understands this concept and so we ask people not to wild camp in Scilly, to respect and protect our wonderful landscapes and wildlife.

Please adhere to these restrictions so that future generations can continue to enjoy the wild nature of Scilly.