St Agnes is a small flower farming community which has a tranquil atmosphere. It is about a mile across with crystal clear waters, ideal for snorkelling and diving. At night the stars appear remarkably bright in the clear air. This is an ideal spot for a simple holiday away from the stress of the mainland.
There is very little traffic on the single track lanes, and there are lots of footpaths around the deeply indented coastline. These provide a variety of stunning views. The curving bar of fine white sand between St Agnes and the neighbouring island of Gugh is one of the finest beaches on Scilly. On the wilder western end of the island are some magnificent granite outcrops. There are several sandy coves with rock pools, including Beady Pool. Here people still hunt for beads buried in the sand from a 17th century shipwreck.
The downs on both St Agnes and Gugh are maintained, by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. Here birds, butterflies and wild flowers abound. There are also some interesting archaeological sites. In the spring there are daffodils flowering in every hedge, in addition to the many wild flowers. In autumn many species of rare birds migrate by way of St Agnes.
Accommodation consists of guest houses, a camp site and a variety of self-catering cottages. There are cafés, a pub and several shops. Fresh fish and shellfish are available locally and so is other produce in season. There is a boat service to other islands and to the weekly gig race. Longer sight-seeing trips are also available. Fishing, tennis and cricket can all be enjoyed by visitors.