The Isles of Scilly lie just off the coast of Cornwall. Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt, they seem like a world apart from everyday life. This cluster of low-lying islands lie amid a turquoise lagoon, some fringed by rocks, others by white sandy beaches, and all bathed in a light of wonderful intensity. There are five inhabited islands, and throughout the day fleets of colourful launches ferry people to and fro. Each of the islands has a distinct identity and special character. We stay on St. Mary’s –the largest island. There are only 6 miles of roads but over 30 miles of paths and nature trails. The capital, Hugh Town, lies between two sandy beaches, one side being the main harbour.