– Windswept plateaux surrounded by sheer, rugged cliffs and the sea, and taking the full force of Atlantic Storms.
– Thin soils support distinctive wind-pruned vegetation, known as waved heath, though the more sheltered inland slopes often feature bracken and gorse.
– Granite outcrops are weathered into distinctive tors known locally as carns.
– All of the headlands are important for nature conservation. Lichen-rich heathland supports important colonies of breeding birds such as Terns, Kittiwakes and Fulmars.
– Rich archaeological landscapes containing most of Scilly’s scheduled monuments including prehistoric settlements, field systems, burial and ceremonial monuments.