Rushy Bay, Bryher
Rushy Bay is arguably the best beach on Bryher, Isles of Scilly. It lies sheltered below Samson Hill on the southern tip of the island and is a great place to swim. At low water, rock pools are uncovered that are guaranteed to occupy younger members of the family.
Rushy Bay beach is south-facing and consists of fine white sands pulverised over the ages from the pale Scillonian granite. Just to the west lies Stony Porth and Great Porth beaches, whilst to the northeast lies Green Bay beach looking across Tresco Flats to the island of Tresco.
At Works Point above the beach lies the remains of a Civil War Battery built by Cromwell at the same time as the battery at Carn Near on Tresco to defend the land of Tresco and Bryher from attack by the Royalists.
Archaeologists will want to explore the ancient 'entrance grave' on Samson Hill nearby and probably the cairns located at Shipman Head Down on the northern end of Bryher.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Seasonal dog ban
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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: