Bryher is about one and a half miles long and marks the north-western perimeter of the archipelago. To the north and to the west are the Norrard Rocks and then the great ocean beyond. About eighty people live permanently on Bryher’s 133 hectares.
The island is characterised by its hills. Its very name means Place of the Hills. These are Scillonian hills, so no part of Bryher is much over forty metres high. It’s not the altitude that gives Bryher its hilly reputation, rather its lack of flat ground. From the sphinx-like profile of Samson Hill up to rocky bulk of Shipman Head Down, Bryher is certainly elevated amongst the Isles of Scilly.
As with all the islands, its small population is employed variously in small-scale farming, fishing, tourism and the servicing of those industries. There are two boatyards, a marine engineering workshop, a forge, guest-houses, numerous holiday lets, Scilly’s smallest pub, Fraggle Rock, a café, a campsite, a gallery, local boat services, a shop and post-office.
It is also home to Hell Bay, the island's only hotel. Stylish, relaxed
and of the very highest quality, Hell Bay is one of the finest places to stay on Scilly. Its restaurant has 3 AA Rosettes and it is known for its understated elegance and original art work. For more information about staying at Hell Bay please click here.
One of the island's most popular attractions is Golden Eagle Studio a gallery of local artist Richard Pearce's work. Click here to read more in our blog. http://www.tresco.co.uk/blog/?p=138