Bryher is the smallest community of the Isles of Scilly. It is an island of contrasts. In spring there are wild flowers in every hedgerow and field corner. In autumn migratory birds use Bryher as a resting place and gales frequently lash the western coast. Hell Bay can be an awe-inspiring sight at such times. The rugged west coast faces the full force of the Atlantic whereas the east coast overlooks the sheltered waters of the channel between Bryher and Tresco. There is a year round launch service to the other islands. In addition, there are trips every week to the lighthouses, seal and bird colonies, the gig races, and evening excursions to the pub. Launches can be privately hired for shark fishing, wreck or reef fishing and diving. Dinghies are also available for hire.
Bathing is safe and the beaches are never crowded. Rushy Bay is one of the finest beaches of the islands. The clear waters around Bryher are ideal for diving and snorkelling.
Much of the island is open heath and there are very few vehicles. Consequently there are lots of places to ramble inland. The coastal paths follow the indented shoreline and offer splendid views of Scilly.
Accommodation of all types is available on Bryher. There is an hotel, with a restaurant open to non-residents, guest houses, and various self-catering options. There are two cafés and a post office with stores and bakery. Home-grown produce is available from farms. Bryher Church has regular services.
Visitors are welcome to join in any island activities held at the Bryher Community Centre, which also provides pool, table-tennis and other recreational facilities for both residents and visitors. There is a pitch and putt course at the local hotel, open to non-residents.