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.
We are a UK based tour operator who will tailor make your holiday to the Isles of Scilly. Whether you are looking for a top hotel, bed and breakfast, self catering or a multi island trip, we can create a package for you with flights/ferry and any connecting flights you require.Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Cycle around St Mary's in just a few hours and take in the stunning views from every point of the island.
We will drop off and pick up cycles from your accommodation FREE OF CHARGE to save you time, so sit back and enjoy your holiday on the Isles of Scilly with BOOK A BIKE.
COMING FOR A DAY TRIP?
We can deliver to the airport or the quay.
Hire and delivery also available to the off islands on request (St Martin's, St Agnes, Tresco and Bryher).Read more »
The place to hire your bicycle on St Mary’s. We provide a full range of bicycles and accessories to suit all ages and sizes. Pedal power for all the family. We provide a comprehensive service that lets you enjoy your stay here with peace of mind and all the time to follow the big yellow map and see St Mary’s at its best.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 »
Friday 9th September
Start at St. Mary’s Quay; finish at Old Town Inn (landing at Old Town Bay by dinghy)
Enjoy a unique early evening’s fishing with Paul Smith on the Kingfisher for mackerel, pollock and other local line-caught fish in the waters around Scilly, then take your catch to the Old Town Inn for a lovely barbecue. Read more »
Wednesday 7th September
Wednesday 28th September
Pit your wits against sensational quiz mistress, Beth Hilton and take part in the Taste of Scilly Quiz Night! (Just half the quiz questions will be food related.) A fun night with friends, not to be missed.Read more »
Thursday 8th September
Thursday 15th September
Old Town Café, St. Mary’s
Your opportunity on St. Mary’s to make and bake your own pasties on St. Mary’s at the Old Town Café with pasty-making maestro, Rob Greenlaw. You’ll get to cook two pasties, so perhaps a chance to experiment with different fillings! Admire and enjoy a tasting session of each of your pasties and still have one left to take home.Read more »
Friday 2nd September
St Marys Quay
The Duchy of Cornwall is pleased to host, on St. Mary’s Quay a special Scillonian produce market to kick start Taste of Scilly.
Come, peruse, taste and purchase a wealth of wonderful island produce, all grown, reared, created or produced across the Isles of Scilly. Read more »
The Phoenix Craft Studios are open all year, so even when you can't visit in person, we can still send our individually hand crafted items across to you at home. If you want a gift for someone special for a birthday or anniversary, why not browse the websites of the various artists below and ring the studio for a chat about your requirements on 01720 422962. We can take card payments by phone and send goods out by first class post.Read more »
Friday 2nd September
Friday 23rd September
The Very Scilly Chocolate Company @ Phoenix Studios, St Marys’
Visit the Very Scilly Chocolate Company at Phoenix Studios on St. Mary’s and sample some award-winning salted caramel chocolate, and many other flavours too. All washed down with a glass of sparkling Prosecco. All purchases made today will enjoy a 10% discount.Read more »
Thursday 12th & Wednesday 25th May
Enjoy a short walk with local and award winning photographer Chris Hall. Walk to various location shoots, use Macro photography, seascapes and portraiture. Capture your holiday using fantastic imagery and make your friends envious.Read more »
Wednesday 14th September
Salakee Farm, St. Mary’s
Just three years ago, Kylie and Dave, two Scilly farmers began to live their dream and started rearing happy ducks at Salakee Farm. It’s been a quacking success, supplying several restaurants and shops. They also sell direct from the farm. Join them on a tour of Salakee Farm, meet the free-range Salakee ducks and enjoy a duck taster.Read more »
Banfield’s Holiday Flats: ‘Quarter Deck’ (flat featured), ‘Top Deck’, Midships’ and the ‘Flatlet’, are all two person flats fitted out to a high standard, providing you with comfortable accommodation, close to the town centre and the quay. They are locally owned and managed. For full details, a walk round video tour, and vacancies, please visit our website.
Bodilly Cottage is a recently refurbished traditional Scillonian cottage with some added luxuries we think you might like. Just a few minutes walk from the harbour, shops, restaurants and pubs in Hugh Town, the cottage is situated in a quiet spot, opposite St Mary’s Police station. The property was remodelled by a local architect and has been fitted to a very high standard, unusual for a self-catering holiday let.Read more »
Brunswick is a lovely semi detached bungalow decorated in a modern style with large private front and rear gardens.
It can be found at the North of the Island of St Mary’s and is set back from the main road, approximately 1.5 miles from Hugh Town.
The beautiful sandy beach at Bar Point is within walking distance as is the Golf Club, Halangy ancient village and several burial chambers.
We are open all year with Saturday changeovers and also offer special deals during the winter months.
The chalets sleep four guests in two twin bedrooms and comprise a lounge/dining room, shower room and well-equipped kitchen. Laundry facilities are also available at the owner’s house on site and each chalet has its own garden with patio furniture. Dog owners are reminded to bring their own bedding and dishes.Read more »
A beautifully renovated cottage with harbour and sea views. Located in Hugh Town, the Old Cottage is pet friendly, perfect for couples and conveniently located for shops and restaurants. The Old Cottage is a two minute walk to the quay. Saturday changeover.Read more »
Welcome to Green Farmhouse- Luxury Coastal Retreats
Set in an idyllic rural location at Pelistry, where coast meets country with easy access to enjoy all that St. Mary's and Scilly has to offer.
Arrive and take a deep sea-salty breath, listen to the sound of the birds.
Nothing matters, its time to relax and unwind. Read more »
Carn Thomas is a well located cottage spread over three floors, it has superb views of the harbour from the top floor. The property is on the edge of the town and is ideal for dog walking yet is still close to the harbour and town. The cottage has all that you require for a great holiday.Read more »
This is the front apartment in a striking three-storey Victorian town house. Situated on the ground floor with one bedroom while two further guests can be accommodated on the sofa bed in the open-plan lounge and dining kitchen area. A modern bathroom completes the internal layout where attention to detail and high quality furnishings are obvious throughout.Read more »
Northwethel Guest House is a small, family run B&B located in a quiet cul-de-sac off Church Road, on the outskirts of Hugh Town. The town and local amenities, the harbour and several beaches are all within ten minutes walking distance.Read more »
Four star self catering cottages set in an acre of award winning gardens above Pelistry Bay on St Marys. With solar heated swimming pool, sauna, games room and croquet lawn. Carnwethers provides comfortable contemporary accommodation for the perfect island holiday. Read more »