A voyage of discovery to the best beaches in the world
Crystal clear waters, idyllic beaches and a prevailing sense of calm make St. Martin's a delight. With its iconic red and white Daymark, erected in 1683 by Thomas Ekins, it is the first island you spot as you cross from the mainland.
The island is just two miles long, yet it has some of the finest beaches in the British Isles, if not the world. Whether searching the rock pools in Lawrence’s Bay, or taking a dip in the water off the sweeping Par Beach or simply chilling on Bread and Cheese Cove, Great Bay or Little Bay, they all jostle for the accolade! Additionally, the spectacular flowers, plant life, rare birds and sensational sea views along the heathery cliff path walks all add to the thrill of St. Martin’s unmistakable beauty. Exploring the islets of Nornour, Ganilly and Menawethan from St. Martin’s also allows you to spot colonies of seals not so far off shore.
Behind these beautiful scenes, there lies an enterprising and diverse community. The 120 or so inhabitants are industrious folk – there’s a flower farm and vineyard – both open to visitors, a fabulous dive school offering underwater adventures and snorkelling with seals, a locally-inspired silver jewellery designer, a flourishing bakery full of artisan breads and traditional, freshly-made savouries and a wonderful gallery showcasing local artists.
At St. Martin's store, off licence and post office, visitors can purchase everything they need for a great holiday - it can even be dlivered in advance to accommodation across the island. There are also a number of eateries offering sumptuous lunches, light snacks and cream teas.
Monday 5th September
Seven Stones Inn, St. Martin’s (Catch the boat from St. Mary’s at 6pm)
Hop onto a “Supper Boat” from St. Mary’s and head to the Seven Stones Inn on St. Martin’s for a magical evening. Enjoy a Taste of Scilly set meal deal – sampling the very best of St. Martin’s own island produce. There’s nothing better, either, than returning to St. Mary’s in the dusk, the sun setting over the back of Samson. An evening not to be missed.Read more »
Scilly Flowers based at Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s is Scilly’s postal flower service. We send gift boxes of scented flowers to any UK address all year round. In the winter we grow and send Scented Narcissi and in the summer, Scented Pinks. If you are on St Martin’s, pop into the farm and see what we do.Read more »
For over 20 years Scilly Flowers, based at Churchtown Farm, on the small island of St Martin’s, has been sending gift boxes of scented flowers direct from our farm, through the post to any UK address. As well as sending our postal gifts we are also able to supply flowers for weddings and other special occassions.Read more »
Wednesday 7th September
St. Martin’s Vineyard, Higher Town
Join Val and Graham Thomas who this year are celebrating 20 years of operations atSt. Martin’s Vineyard. Enjoy a special tour the vines in the tunnels and the field, view the winery where the wine is distilled and bottled, and discover how the unique flavours of the wines are influenced by the black granite soil, the pure sea air and above average annual hours of sunshine. Read more »
Wines for Christmas --- We have a selection of our 2014 vintage available:
Crisp Seyval Blanc to go with your seafood starters
St.Martin's Reserve - a fruity dry white for the main course
Seigerebbe - aromatic and smooth to accompany your desert or as an aperitif
And a dry Rose for something completely different.Read more »
Wednesday 7th September
Polreath Tearoom, Higher Town, St. Martin’s
What are the essential ingredients and elements for baking the perfect scone? Watch Jason, one of Polreath Tea Room’s scone-makers, as he offers up his personal top tips and bakes a few batches for us to taste! Then why not stay and enjoy a Polreath Cream Tea in their lovely garden.
Monday 5th September
St. Martin’s Vineyard
Get back to nature and come and have a go at traditional apple pressing at St. Martin’s Vineyard. You’ll learn all about the process of making apple juice with owners Val and Graham Thomas, and then you can have a taste of your labours. There’ll be plenty for you to buy as well! You can even check out their marvellous St. Martin’s wines!Read more »
North Farm Gallery is set in a charming converted barn on St Martin’s. Showcasing the work of our local artists, the Gallery houses a stunning collection of paintings, prints, jewellery, pottery and crafts, along with locally produced gifts, cards and books. Open from 10am – 5pm every day from mid-March to October. Reduced opening from November - March depending on demand and the weather!Read more »
Carron Farm's Up-Idas , is a traditional granite cottage located at Signal Row in Highertown on St. Martin's, with spectacular views to the uninhabited Eastern Isles and the white sandy beach of Highertown Par. The comfortable and well equipped cottage has its own garden.We live close by so are on hand to help make your holiday a memorable one.
Set in the heart of Highertown with sea views from nearly every window and a short stroll from some of Scilly’s best beaches, the cottage is furnished in a relaxed, comfortable, modern style and has a spacious garden with a large summer house. The cottage is next to our flower farm so we are close by to help you make the most of your holiday.Read more »
Middletown is the ideal base for your holiday on the island. It is only a few minutes walk from two of the best beaches in all the islands, renowned for their white sand and crystal clear water. If basking in the sun is what you're after it's the perfect spot. Read more »
Carron Farm's Chalet is situated in Highertown,set in its own garden with views to St.Marys , Tresco and the Eastern Isles. It is only a few minutes walk to the beautiful white sandy beaches. The chalet is on our farm so we are nearby to help ensure you enjoy your holiday. Read more »