Hell Bay on the west coast of Bryher, Isles of Scilly is aptly named... West facing, it is open to Atlantic storms in winter and has a rugged sand and granite strewn beach curving away in a crescent.
Hell Bay Hotel overlooks the Bay and is arguably the top hotel on Scilly. It runs a number of themed breaks including Spa breaks, Bird Watching breaks and even Archaeology holidays.
The whole island of Bryher (Cornish: Breyer, place of hills) is relatively small, only 1.2 miles by 0.6 miles, so the whole island can be explored in a day. There is a good range of accommodation, including guesthouses, self-catering cottages and a campsite.
There are three Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on Bryher, namely Shipman Head and Shipman Down SSSI; the Pool of Bryher and Popplestone Bank SSSI and the Rushy Bay and Heathy Hill SSSI.
Due to its relative isolation Shipman Head is an important seabird colony site with seven species of breeding seabirds including Kittiwake, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Razorbill, Shag and Storm Petrel.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map 101: Isles of Scilly
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: