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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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 »

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 »

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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 »

Picture of rib Firebrand IV

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 »

View on St. Mary's

Clipper Cabs

St. Mary's All year

Taxi and tour services on St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly.Read more »

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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

St Mary's Boatmen's Association

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 »

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 »

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Book a Bike

St. Mary's All year

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 »

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Adventure on Scilly with Kernow Coasteering

Coasteer Scilly – with Kernow Coasteering

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

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 »

Silver Street Gallery

Silver Street Gallery

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Gallery in Hugh TownRead more »

St Mary's Riding Centre

St. Mary's All year

A warm welcome awaits you at St Mary's Riding Centre, the only horse riding establishment in the Isles of Scilly. Fully licenced, insured and a British Horse Society Approved Trekking Centre and Riding School.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 »

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 »

Carefully packing flowers ready for distribution

Scented Narcissi

St. Mary's All year

Explore our new exhibition of the St Mary’s and St Agnes flower farmers, their history and flower farming at our shed located by St Mary’s Airport. 

Visit the home of 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.  Delivered by courier to you and your friends.Read more »

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. It is a sister shop to the Phoenix Craft Studios based at Porthmellon Business Park. Locally produced jewellery, cards and gifts are also available. 

NB our website is currently under construction and will be published soon! For more information in the meantime, please see our Facebook page or Twitter feed.Read more »

The Tanglewood Kitchen Company @ The Post Office

Taste of the West Award
St. Mary's All year

Diverse food retail shop @ The Post Office on St Mary's, specialising in award winning homemade ready meals, fresh fish and IOS shellfish, gourmet 'best in town' sandwiches, freshly baked individual quiche daily, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.

Now offering our new dine in option, The Tanglewood Table.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 »

Coasteering Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Coasteer Scilly – with Kernow Coasteering

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

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 »

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Schooners Hotel

Green tourism silver award Visit England Two Star Hotel
Hotels
St. Mary's 12 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £65 - £95 pppn

A quiet yet central location right on the beach, Schooners has uninterrupted views across the harbour to the off islands. We are five minutes walk from the quay for island boating, the town for pubs, shops, restaurants & the beautiful sandy beaches of St. Mary's.

Enjoy our excellent quality meals and spectacular sea views. Visit our WebsiteRead more »

Verona bedroom

Verona

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £745 - £1,295 per week

Verona is a large detached bungalow situated on Church Rd. It has large gardens to the front and rear making it an ideal property for families and children. Recently updated. Sleeps 6.Read more »

White Cottage Flat

White Cottage Flat

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Apr-Oct | £440 - £895 per week

Sleeping up to four guests in two bedrooms, which can be prepared to either twin or double arrangements to suit you, the accommodation also features a generous open-plan lounge/dining room, a galley style kitchen and a shower room. There is also the added benefit of a large private garden, which makes a good play area for children and is perfect for al fresco dining on warm summer nightsRead more »

Sitting room

Trevean

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 8 | Mar-Dec | £1,600 - £1,800 per week

Situated in Hugh Town, St. Mary’s, this is a large spacious family town house with views of harbour. All facilities to accommodate extended families.  Trevean is within easy reach of beaches, off shore boat trips, shops and restaurants. Read more »

Seascape View - Peninnis Head

Seascape, 1 Moonrakers Flats

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Feb-Nov | £450 - £835 per week

Located in an elevated position with enviable panoramic sea views Seascape is an ideal get away for 2, 3 or 4 guests. Its quiet location, just below the Garrison wall, is only a few minutes walk from the quay and all the amenities of Hugh Town. The terraced garden offers the opportunity to enjoy the views with an alfresco drink.Read more »

Northwethel Guest House

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 4 Rooms | All year | £32.50 - £36 pppn

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 »

Spinnaker, Customs House

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 5 | All year | £695 - £1,735 per week

Newly refurbished and reconfigured for 2014, this outstanding apartment is both modern and stylish. Centrally located yet right by the beach. With a large master bedroom en suite and stunning sea views from the kitchen/lounge/diner it is equipped to a very high standard. Perfect for a relaxing holiday on Scilly.Read more »

Exterior view of Auriga Apartment

Auriga Apartment

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 8 | All year | £800 - £1,650 per week

Luxury apartment with panoramic views over Porthcressa Bay. Family, double and twin en-suite bedrooms on the first floor, (our family room has a double & 2 single beds with an adjacent bathroom , with bath), and the lounge dining room and fitted kitchen are on the second floor. We are situated in town, only 2 minutes from the shops & 5 minutes walk from the Quay. WiFi available throughout the apartmentRead more »

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Late availability
View from The Crow's Nest, Smugglers Ride

The Crow's Nest, Smuggler's Ride

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £240 - £490 per week

The Crow's Nest is a self-catering apartment in Spanish Ledge, one of the oldest and most striking buildings in Hugh Town. Situated just off the main street in the heart of Hugh Town and adjoining the Town Hall, Spanish Ledge is within easy reach of all local shops, pubs and restaurants while the quay is only a five minute walk away for all your boating requirements.Read more »

Buccabu 2 living area

Buccabu 2

Visit England Two Star Self Catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Feb-Dec | £250 - £720 per week

This popular apartment, which sits at the very top of a two-star rating, is situated in The Strand, the main thoroughfare that runs around the busy St Mary’s Harbour.

Buccabu 2 is in a sought after location with all the facilities of the town being within easy walking distance while the quay is approximately five minutes away for all your boating requirements. Reaching far flung parts of the island couldn’t be easier too as the Community Bus stops on the opposite side of the street and the bicycle hire shop is next door.Read more »