St. Mary's

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.

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Skybus

Skybus

St. Mary's All year

Skybus fly all year round to the Isles of Scilly from Land’s End and Newquay airports, and from Exeter airport between March and November.

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, TR18 4BZ.Read more »

Scillonian III

Scillonian III Passenger Ferry

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

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 »

Come2Scilly

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The Personal Touch of Self Catering Holidays on the Isles of ScillyRead more »

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DJ Cabs

DJ Cabs

St. Mary's All year

Local, family run cab company operating around the islands for 5 years. Reliable, comfortable transport for short trips or late pick ups around St Mary's.Read more »

Our cart range

The Scilly Cart Co

St. Mary's

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 »

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Endeavour Rib Service

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

“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 »

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Island Sea Safaris

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

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 »

Mr & Mrs Toots

Toots Taxi

St. Mary's All year

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 »

Take a cruise around the islands on the Calypso II

Calypso Boat Company

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Boat trips from St Mary's with skipper Tim - visit 3 islands in one day, take a day trip to an off island or an unihabited island, or a trip to see seals and birds.Read more »

St Mary's Boatmen's Association at the quay on St Mary's

St Mary's Boatmen's Association

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St. Mary's Mar-Oct

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 »

Enjoy a trip on the Falcon

Falcon Boating

St. Mary's All year

Enjoy a special charter trip on the 'Falcon', an 11 metre Red Bay rib with twin engines and fully enclosed cabin to seat 12 passengers.Read more »

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

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
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Bathinghouse Porth Morning Tresco

Stephen Morris at Glandore Gallery

St. Mary's All year

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 »

A stunning location for your wedding

Isles of Scilly Registration Service

St. Mary's All year

The Isles of Scilly Registration Service is your first port of call for weddings or renewal of vows on the islands. We will take you through the process of planning your special day, including the legal preliminaries, available venues, ceremony words, music and much more. Our friendly and professional team will help ensure that you have a day you will never forget.Read more »

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Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

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 »

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Island Wildlife Tours

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Discover the natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly with Will Wagstaff, resident ornithologist and naturalist.  Watch the passage of migrant birds; learn about the interesting local history and beautiful flora and fauna as you take a relaxed walk along the Islands' coasts and trails. Will visits each of the inhabited islands weekly, weather and tides permitting.Read more »

The Beautiful setting of Holy Vale vineyard

Holy Vale Vineyard & Winery

St. Mary's All year

Situated in the tranquil and beautiful Holy Vale on the Nature Trail at the heart of St. Mary’s, the Vineyard and Winery is a must visit location during your stay on St Mary’s. 

Open on weekdays 12.00 – 16.30 and by appointment only on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays for; wine tastings at £17.50 per person, ‘The story of Wine Exhibition’, Cellar Door Shop and refreshments, including Robert's Wine and Lobster Lunch at £24.50 per person.Read more »

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

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 tours around St Mary's. Contact us to book or for more information.

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Paintings at Tamarisk Gallery

Tamarisk Gallery

St. Mary's All year

Tamarisk is a new gallery in the centre of Hugh Town showcasing artwork by local painters and craftspeople as well as arts and crafts from further afield. Artists include Imogen Bone, C N Smith, Sue Lewington and Oriel Hicks. Locally produced jewellery, cards and gifts are also available. Several of the craftspeople exhibiting work are based locally at Phoenix Craft Studios, Porthmellon Business Park. 

For more information please see our website www.tamariskscilly.co.uk or visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.Read more »

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Seasalt Cornwall

St. Mary's All year

The Scilly branch of Seasalt Cornwall offers Seasalt women’s wear, footwear and accessories. Read more »

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Scilly Walks

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

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 »

Bathinghouse Porth Morning Tresco

Stephen Morris at Glandore Gallery

St. Mary's All year

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 »

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Greystones 2

Greystones 2

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £345 - £695 per week

One of three beautiful self-catering cottages situated on the historic Garrison. They are in an area of outstanding natural beauty, on the glorious island of St Mary’s in the Isles of ScillyRead more »

View from Steval

Steval

5 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £600 - £2,600 per week

A former gun emplacement in a unique, secluded location on the Garrison, Steval is the perfect hideaway with a private garden and panoramic sea views. The beautiful interior is equipped to the highest standards.Read more »

Crow's Nest, 6 Spanish Ledge

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £375 - £595 per week

Centrally located bright and airy twin bedded apartment.Recently refurbished with new kitchen & showeroom and tastefully decorated throughout. Wi-fi included in the price.

Ideal base to explore St Mary’s or the off islands.Read more »

Captain's Cabin

Captain's Cabin

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Nov | £300 - £740 per week

A very comfortable first floor flat that sleeps 4. Quietly situated near beaches and harbour. All bed linen, towels including beach towels, electricity and wi-fi included. Read more »

Ajax

Ajax

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £450 - £750 per week

Ajax is a superb flat for four people. Perfectly situated just a stroll from Hugh Town, Ajax has stunning, panoramic views across the bay, out towards Tresco and the off islands. Regularly used by the owners, Ajax is maintained to a high standard, with a newly fitted kitchen in 2010 and bathroom in 2012. Wi-fi has been installed for 2015.

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Holly Cottage

Holly Cottage

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £1,000 - £1,200 per week

Holly Cottage is a delightful newly built cottage with it's own large garden with lovely views. Holly Cottage is situated in a quiet area only eight minutes walk to Hugh Town and St Mary's harbour.Read more »

Sunny Creek Lounge

Sunny Creek

Visit England Two Star Self Catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £200 - £700 per week

Sunny Creek is a self-contained maisonette tucked away in a quiet spot just off the main street in the centre of Hugh Town and offers ideal accommodation for a family or friends sharing. Read more »

The Barn Exterior

The Barn

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £460 - £750 per week

The accommodation is well-presented throughout and sleeps two guests in a double bedroom. The lounge is a generous size and comfortably incorporates a pleasant dining space while the kitchen is fully equipped and the bathroom includes a shower over the bath. Externally, the Barn benefits further from having a good garden space and private patio.Read more »

 Super king only for 2018

Schiller-Warleggan

Trip advisor logo 3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £450 - £505 per week

Self Catering for 2 people. Ground floor flat sleeps 2 in a super king for 2018. Modern fully fitted kitchen and bathroom. Lovely bay window on the front has dining for 2. French doors off bedroom to steps leading to communal garden. Electricity, WiFi, linen, towels, beach towels & bathrobes all provided.Read more »

White Cottage, Exterior

White Cottage

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Dec | £580 - £1,190 per week

Set out on two levels, White Cottage can accommodate up to six guests. The ground floor comprises a pleasant living room, a dining room, a well-equipped modern fitted kitchen and a shower room and wc. Upstairs there is a modern bathroom and three bedrooms – one double, one twin and one with bunk beds plus an extra child’s 2’6”bed. A stair gate and child’s travel cot are also available for guests to use.Read more »