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Arrange a Delivery to the Isle of Scilly

The history of the Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly and their Internal Postal service.

The parcel delivery needs of the Channel Islands were historically served by the UK’s Royal Mail service. However, at the beginning of the 1970s, this part of the service was divested to become the Channel Island’s own organizational enterprise. The Isles of Scilly still form part of the Royal Mail’s coverage and there are also post offices on some of these islands.

If you are sending a parcel to the Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly it might therefore pass through either the hands of the Royal Mail or a Channel Islands post authority on the way to its ultimate destination. However, partly because of the recent strike problems involving the Royal Mail and because the confusion about which islands are serviced by the Royal Mail, an increasingly large number of people are electing to send their parcel to the Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly via a private parcel courier service. These courier services will use boat or air transport to send the parcel to the particular island, before sending it on the final stages of its journey.

When sending a parcel to the Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly through a courier service, remember to allow a couple of extra days for delivery due to the increased complexity of the journey.


The Channel Islands are located in the English Channel, south of the country and towards France. The main islands in this group are Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. The Isles of Scilly are located reasonably close, just off the South West coast of England. This group contains about 55 islands but only 5 are inhabited – St. Mary’s, Tresco, St. Martin’s (with White Island), St. Agnes (with Gugh) and Bryher (with Gweal) – and most residents live on St. Mary’s.

The population of the Channel Islands is about 160,000 and the Isles of Scilly is only just over 2,000. In each case, this population is spread across several different islands.

Some of things for which the islands (or some of them are notable include):

  • Gig racing on the Isles of Scilly – in this sport, rowing boats race between different islands in the Isles of Scilly. The World Pilot Gig Championships take place each year during the May Bank Holiday weekend with crews from the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall and further afield.
  • Victor Hugo in the Channel Islands – the author of Les Misérables spent a number of years in exile in Jersey and Guernsey. Indeed, Guernsey provides the setting for his work entitled Les Travailleurs De La Mer.
  • The Muratti – this is an inter-island football match in the Channel Islands and, locally, it is considered to be the highlight of the sporting calendar.
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