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 »
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 »
“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 »
What better way to discover St Mary's than by bike! Bikes for all ages, abilities and sizes. ELECTRIC BIKES NOW AVAILABLE.
- Coming for a day trip? We can deliver to the airport.
- Guided bike tour around St Mary's Thursday1st June - Contact us to book or for more infomation <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 »
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 »
Scilly has a fascinating historical past and it's easy to explore ~ just take a walk, a cycle, a buggy ride or one of the tours available! Whether you're after Bronze Age or Iron Age Monuments, something from the 16th or 18th Centuries or even something from more recent history, then Scilly has lots to offer!Read more »
Scilly Walks is run by Dr Katharine Sawyer and offers guided walks, boat trips and slide shows to introduce you to 8000 years of archaeology and history in the Isles of Scilly. There are full day and half day visits to all the inhabited and several of the uninhabited islands.Read more »
Scented Narcissi: The Blue Box Flower Company. We send boxes of beautifully Scented Narcissi grown on the flower farms of St Mary’s and St Agnes. Hand-picked and lovingly packed with care in midnight blue boxes. Deliver a little bit of Scilly by courier to you and your friends.Read more »
Tregarthen's Hotel has the most stunning setting of any hotel on St Mary's. Right by the water's edge, just yards from the quay. We have inter-connecting rooms and larger rooms for families, with extra beds and cots.
Our 4 self-catering cottages can sleep up to 5 people plus room for a cot, and are ideal for family holidays on St Mary's. Or Starboard Light and Port Light Cottages have an inter-connecting door that can be opened up to create one larger cottage with 5 bedrooms, sleeping up to 9 people.Read more »
'Slippen' is a ground floor apartment within our large, cream 1930s property, surrounded by nearly half an acre of private gardens. This apartment has its own private sunny south facing garden with stone patio and barbecue. Porthloo beach is only fifty yards from our gate and offers stunning views of the famous Scillonian sunsets.Read more »
Step out the door and you can almost play on the beach when staying in this attractive modern town house just off the main street by Porthcressa.
Sleeps six in a double with en suite and two twin bedrooms.Read more »
A traditional granite fisherman’s cottage, just a stone’s throw from beautiful Old Town Bay, and now fully refurbished to an extremely high standard. Lovely character accommodation for two, with Shaker style kitchen and beamed ceilings. The perfect base for a peaceful Scilly break.Read more »
A modern Guest House, located on the outskirts of Hugh Town, the “capital” of St Marys. A five minute walk from the town centre, and a few minutes further to the quay, where daily boats leave for the off-islands. Also a few minutes from Old Town, or Peninnis headland and lighthouse.
Three beautifully appointed en suite bedrooms contain all the extras expected in a four star silver guest house.Read more »
Set in an elevated position, this magnificent family home commands stunning views over Hugh Town towards Porthcressa Bay. A luxury base for families and groups of friends.
Sleeps six in one double bedroom and two twin bedrooms.Read more »
Westford House is a long established B&B with an excellent reputation. I have 5 comfortable en-suite rooms and a bright and spacious guests lounge. Centrally located and very close to beaches, quay and restaurants, I provide you a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in our 3-storey Georgian town house. I hope to offer you the perfect base to explore Scilly from!Read more »
Conveniently located on the outskirts of Hugh Town, 4 Rosevean House is a modern, well maintained 2 bedroomed property, tastefully decorated and furnished throughout. The private, south-facing, courtyard garden is ideal for relaxing or dining.Read more »
Situated in a quiet area just under a mile from Hugh Town, Porthlow Farm Chalets enjoy the best of all worlds - a rural setting close to the beach and within easy reach of all amenities.
Sleeps four in two twin bedrooms.Read more »