Sand of the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are mainly made from a granite outcrop that is the last one of chain
stretching from Dartmoor, through Bodmin Moor, the bit around Redruth, and Penwith (the Land's End peninsula).
Only Atlantis lies beyond!

Being made of granite its sand is quartz with varying amounts of shell mixed in - sometimes none.
Sand doesn't come much whiter than this!

Gugh Bar, St Agnes

Gugh Bar connects the island of Gugh to St Agnes at low tide. It's a dazzling white in the sunshine.

Gugh Bar, St Agnes, Scilly, Gordon Stokes

Wingletang, St Agnes

Wingletang sounds like the name of a game made up by David Mitchell and Robert Webb, but it's a real place - another tombolo (what would be an island joined to another by a sand bar). The sand looks like crystalised sugar, but it's not!

Wingletang, St Agnes, Scilly, Gordon Stokes

Periglis, St Agnes

Periglis is the most south westerly beach in England. It's known as Mermaid's Beach because there's lots of mica in the sand which leaves people who sit on it with shiny scales attached to them. Unfortunately mica doesn't show up very well in photos!

Periglis, Mermaid Beach, St Agnes, Scilly, Gordon Stokes

Pentle Bay, Tresco

Pentle Bay is a long white beach on the East side of Tresco looking toward St Martins, Tean and St Helens. Like Wingletang it has large grained crunchy sand

Pentle Bay, Tresco, Scilly, Gordon Stokes

Appletree Bay, Tresco

Appletree Bay is on the west side of Tresco - much of it is seaweed covered rocks, but the sand and view are magnificent

Appletree Bay, Tresco, Scilly, Gordon Stokes

Lawrance's Bay, St Martins

I think Lawrance's Bay has the whitest sand I've seen besides sand on Barra. It's a long beach that goes out a long way at low tide to what's called St Martin's Flats

Lawrance's Bay, St Martins, Scilly, Gordon Stokes

Little Bay, St Martins

Like Periglis (above) Little Bay has a lot of mica in places. It also has lots of broken mussels, which are the black bits you can see. And it's a lovely isolated beach, over the back of St Martins, a little cove next to St Martin's Bay.

Little Bay, St Martins, Scilly, Gordon Stokes

Pelistry, St Mary's

The beaches at Pelistry form another tombolo that goes to Toll's Island. More white sand and quite grainy

Pelistry Bay, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Gordon Stokes

Bar point, St Mary's

Bar Point is the beginnings or the remnant of a low bar that goes out underwater towards St Martins.

Bar Point, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Innisidgen, St Mary's

Innisidgen is more noted for its neolithic or bronze age entrance graves, but these sit above a lovely beach

Innisidgen, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Gordon Stokes

Town Beach, St Mary's

Not all the beaches in Scilly are white. Town beach in Hugh Town, although being the main harbour and full of boats is fairly golden

Town Beach, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Gordon Stokes

Porthminick Beach, St Mary's

And Porthminick near 'Old Town' is also multi coloured. I think the picture to the right was taken there, but I'm not sure

Portminick, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Gordon Stokes

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