Do as much or as little as you like on the beautiful island of St Mary’s
St. Mary’s is the Isles of Scilly’s largest island (population 1,800) and the gateway to the rest of the islands. Covering an area less than 2.5 square miles, it’s still not exactly bustling but with its air and sea links, it’s more than likely to be your first port of call when you visit.
Hugh Town is the central hub with its cluster of shops, banks, churches, post office, cafés, galleries, restaurants and pubs as well as the wonderful museum. It has three lovely beaches in very close proximity – Porthcressa with a children’s play area close by; Town Beach, a perfect spot to watch the comings and goings on the Quay; and Porthmellon which also hosts the Sailing Centre.
The Quay is where the Scillonian III passenger ferry docks every day. It’s also where you'll find yourself travelling from if you’re staying on any of the “off islands” or if you’re taking any tripper boats for a day out from St. Mary’s.
Old Town is the other “major” settlement on St. Mary’s, closer to the airport and with its own beautiful beach, nature reserve, Old Town Church where Sir Harold Wilson is buried, children’s soft play zone, shop, pub and cafés.
Up country, away from the relative hustle and bustle, St. Mary’s is an easy going safe haven of hidden treasures. The coastline features large stretches of deserted white sandy beaches, dramatic rocky coves, stunning seascapes, amazing archaeological sites, beautiful walks and scenery along miles of coastal and country paths and nature trails.
Just 28 miles of the Cornish coast you will discover 5 islands, surrounded by azure waters, white beaches and a wonderful climate where sub–tropical plants thrive.
Hop on board the Scillonian III, our recently refurbished ship and discover the Isles of Scilly. The Scillonian Passenger Ferry sets sail from Penzance harbour up to 7 days a week.
Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4BZ.Read more »
The Scilly Cart Co is a family owned and run business providing electric vehicles for use across St. Mary’s. With flexible hiring options and easy to use carts, it’s a great way to discover the many varied and beautiful places on the island. It is also ideal for people with reduced mobility who wish to explore.Read more »
There are daily trips to the islands and out to see the wildlife and lighthouses. Boats leave from 10:15am and return until 4:45pm. The service is seven days a week from just before Easter or the beginning of April until the end of October. There are evening trips available through the main part of the season.
There is an attractive special offer on purchases of ten or more tickets. We can cater for special groups and parties. Made up of the ten largest boats operating from St Mary's, we are the prime mover of visitor traffic.Read more »
We are a friendly and reliable taxi service based on St. Mary’s, working seven days a week, including evenings and weekends. We have two vehicles available for hire, one carrying four passengers and one carrying six passengers. The larger vehicle has two integrated baby/booster seats so children can be transported safely and comfortably. We are available for a quick taxi trip to get you from A to B, as well as more leisurely tours of the island.
We really look forward to being of service to you whilst you are on the islands.Read more »
Island Sea Safaris operate marine wildlife safaris in their 8m RIB FIREBRAND IV around and amongst the islands and rocks of Scilly to see Grey Atlantic seals, seabirds including Puffins, Razorbills and Guillemots,Shearwaters,Fulmars,Cormorants,Shags and Various Gulls from April to mid July. and visit some of the Islands shipwreck sites. We also visit many places of historical interest on our tours. The 8 meter rib seats 10 passengers.Read more »
“Endeavour” is the fastest passenger boat in Scilly. We offer a bespoke water taxi service offering a fast and thrilling transfer between the islands at your request.
Rib Blasts to enjoy the thrill & excitement of travelling at speed afloat.
Marine life trips to look for Dolphins and Seals.Read more »
Come and find us on Old Town Bay, St. Mary's. We're a friendly, family-run cafe overlooking the lovely south-facing beach. Homemade cakes, scones and pasties are always on the menu here, and Rob and his team always use local crab and island produce whenever they are available. Read more »
Located within their home at Porthloo, Glandore Gallery is a small, friendly, beachside gallery run by local artist, Stephen Morris, and his wife, Lois. Stephen paints exclusively ‘en plein air’ in watercolour and, more recently, inks, with a colourful and distinctive signature style. His cards and giclee prints are also available along with those of his late aunt, Nan Heath.Read more »
Coasteering on the Isles of Scilly has arrived! Brought to you by Kernow Coasteering, one of Cornwall’s foremost coasteering providers, Don’t miss your chance to experience the stunning golden granite coastline of Scilly in an epic costal adventure you’ll never forget.Read more »
Tregarthen's Hotel is the premier Isles of Scilly hotel, with the most stunning setting of any hotel on St Mary's. Right by the water's edge, Tregarthen's is just yards away from the quay.
Our restaurant is the epitome of fine dining and the hotel is also the ultimate venue for your wedding reception, renewal of vows or civil ceremony.Read more »
Crabby Jo's is a family-run fishing business, based on St. Mary's. Supplying the islands with lobsters and hand-picked crab meat. Joel catches the shellfish in the waters around the islands and Jo cook and processes the crab. Lobsters are available live or cooked to order with 48 hours' notice and can be delivered to your holiday accommodation.Read more »
Welcome to Green Farmhouse- Luxury Coastal Retreats,
Named after a traditional narcissi, Old Pheasants Eye is a cosy private annexe.
The minute you enter you’ll feel at home.
Inside you will find a kitchen/diner with all mod-cons and coffee machine.
Through you’ll find a large bedroom with 1500 pocket sprung super-kingsize bed, which can be made up as a twin room by request.
Sink into luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, or curl up in the love seat, and watch TV.Read more »
The recently refurbished accommodation benefits from lots of natural light and sleeps four guests in one double bedroom and one twin bedroom. There is a compact but fully equipped and well-fitted modern kitchen, a bathroom and a panoramic lounge/dining room with breathtaking views that are arguably the best on St Mary’s and we guarantee you will not be disappointed with your outlook.Read more »
5 Harbour View Mansions is a spacious second floor harbourside apartment with stunning sea views of St Mary's Harbour, Samson, Tresco & Bryher. The apartment is centrally situated, close to shops, restaurants and the Quay. Perfect for couples sharing or for families.Read more »
A granite built cottage, Annet overlooks the sea at Porthloo about 15 minutes pleasant walk along the coast path to Hugh Town. Enjoy spectacular sunsets. A long established, highly regarded, friendly and traditional Bed and Breakfast renowned for our hospitality and fine breakfasts. All rooms en suite or private facilities. The perfect setting for your perfect holiday or short break.Read more »
Accommodating up to six guests in one double, one twin and one bunk bedded room, Merrick has a well-equipped modern kitchen, a large comfortable lounge/dining room and a bathroom with bath and shower over. Externally there is a mature garden with many exotic plants and shrubs - and do feel free to help yourself to the apples from the apple tree if you want to make a crumble! Read more »
A traditional granite built cottage situated within 50 metres of the white sands of Porthcressa Beach. Only a few minutes walk from the shops and the harbour. A spacious, well equipped and comfortable cottage with full central heating.Read more »
2 Bay View Terrace comprises three distinct and self-contained units: House (ground floor); Flat (first floor); Chalet (at the rear). This double-fronted property enjoys its own spacious front garden with patio area at the front to sit and relax whilst listening to the tide breaking onto the shore (only 30 metres away). Alternatively, there is an elevated garden area at the rear.Read more »
Godolphin House is a modern block of nine self-contained flats, a short walk to the shops of Hugh Town and close to three sandy beaches. 6 Godolphin House is a Three-Star, Gold Award property on the second floor and overlooks the Chaplaincy Gardens. It has been completely renovated, attractively furnished and is well equipped to provide a high standard of accommodation. Two double bedrooms. Saturday changeover. Read more »