Getting to Bryher is simple - by air or sea
Scilly may feel a world apart, but getting to Bryher couldn’t be easier. You can take the Scillonian ferry from Penzance, fly by helicopter from Penzance, or fly with Skybus from Land's End, Newquay or Exeter.
It's not possible to get vehicles here, so it's a bit different to getting to a campsite on the mainland, but the journey is part of the adventure. Following the information below should help ensure your whole journey goes smoothly!
Frequently Asked Questions
Below, we've answered some of the most common questions we get asked about the journey to Scilly.
- Luggage & Getting Here
- 1. How does my luggage get to Bryher Campsite?
- 2. Can I bring a Caravan/Camper Van/Motorhome to Bryher?
No, sorry, it's not possible to get these to Bryher; we only accept tents.
- 3. Can I bring my kayak/boat/bike etc?
Yes - but it's generally easier to hire these items on the islands.
Bikes, kayaks and other such equipment can be carried on the Scillonian at an additional cost (please see details here).
Bicycles and kayaks cannot be carried onboard the inter-island boat to Bryher from St Mary's, so you will need to arrange for these to come on the freight boat (call 01736 334220 for details). Alternatively, you can paddle your kayak to Bryher.
It is worth pointing out that Bryher's rough tracks are not particularly bike-friendly, so you may want to think twice about bringing a bike. You can hire bikes on Tresco and St Mary's for use on those islands.
- 4. How many/what size tents can I bring? Can I bring a gazebo/event shelter?
We charge a flat rate per person per night and do not charge dependent on the size or number of tents you bring. We have plenty of space on site, so you're welcome to bring the shelter you need to be comfortable during your stay.
However, please consider others on the campsite and keep your camp to a reasonable size. You should also consider the luggage limits - and make sure you can lift your own bags; no bag can weigh over 20kg.
- 5. Can I bring my equipment in a trailer?
No, sorry. Due to the location of the site and the nature of the tracks on Bryher, we do not allow trailers.
- 6. I'm travelling from/to another island before/after my stay on Bryher. Is there a direct boat?
It's always easiest to tie your plans in with Tresco Boat Services' boating schedule, as these are the only boats we meet to transfer luggage to and from the campsite. We don't know the schedules of other boating services and don't meet them unless arranged in advance.
Tresco Boats offer scheduled boats to/from the other off-islands on the following days:
St Martin's: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
St Agnes: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
If you need to travel to/from another island on a different day, you can go via St Mary's and catch the Tresco Boat Services boat that meets the Scillonian (usually around 12:45 pm) to Bryher. However, please note that this will involve paying two fares (hence it's easier to transfer on a day when Tresco Boats are going direct!)
Please let us know your travel plans with at least 24 hours' notice so we can arrange to collect your luggage on arrival on Bryher (subject to availability).
- 7. Where can I store my kayak near the campsite?
If you bring your own kayak (or hire one that doesn't need to be returned each day), most campers keep their kayak at Kitchen Porth beach, just below the campsite and take their paddles up to their tent.
- 8. How do I get camping gas?
We sell all major camping gas in our honesty shed on the campsite (there's a list above). Just write down your name and what you've taken on the list, and we'll add it to your bill.
While you can bring gas on the Scillonian ferry, this cannot be carried on the inter-island boat, so we don't recommend bringing your own gas with you as it's unlikely to make it to Bryher on the same day as you.
For larger, reusable types of gas canisters, we only charge for the gas you use (i.e. you don't pay for a full container unless you use it!) Just hand your gas back to a team member at the end of your stay, and we'll weigh it and charge accordingly.