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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 'Champion Product 2015' individual quiche daily, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.
Bryony offers flowing, uplifting yoga sessions; Nick is an experienced swim guide. Both Nick & Bryony are from Scilly and have extensive knowledge of swim spots and trail running routes across the islands, and can advise you on the best way to take an active holiday that will leave you feeling fully immersed in the beauty and nature of the islands. Read more »
Scilly's Wildlife is varied and everchanging; from the resident Scilly Shrew and Atlantic Grey Seals to the migratory swallows and puffins. Whatever you're searching for why not join one of our team on a Wildlife excursion or guided walk and discover Scilly's wild side.Read more »
A Grade-II listed traditional Scillonian cottage, tastefully refurbished yet retaining many origianl features. Centrally situated within Hugh Town, Parside forms part of one of the prettiest terrcaces, having a sunny southfacing aspect overlooking the Park, with the benefit of a private courtyard garden.
The accommodation comprises lounge, dinning room, kitchen, shower room and one double and one twin bedroom. There is a small patio to the front and enclosed rear courtyard with utility room.Read more »
A beautifully presented former farmhouse located in a picturesque rural position overlooking vineyards. Ideal for larger families or groups with spacious open plan accommodation equipped to the highest standards. The private garden and patio are perfect for al fresco dining.
Free use of a four seater road legal golf buggy is an added bonus.Read more »
A warm welcome awaits you at Flat 1 Spanish Ledge.
A comfortable, well equipped first floor flat, sleeps 4.
The accommodation comprises one large double room, one twin room (2'6" beds), a well equipped kitchen, lounge/diner and shower room.
Centrally located for easy access to the shops and restaurants, harbour and beaches.
Prices include bedding, towels and electric.
The booking process is with Clare. The flat is maintained by family and we respond quickly to any concerns.Read more »
*New for 2018*
Located yards from Porthcressa beach, this comfortable apartment is an easy 5 minute walk to the shops and amenities of Hugh Town including bus stop for country adventures and the quay for discovering the off islands.
Fully refitted and newly furnished for this season, it has a bright and relaxing feel with sea views and a roof top terrace for alfresco dining.Read more »
Welcome to Green Farmhouse- Luxury Coastal Retreats,
Thalia our delightful, detached barn sleeps 4. Inside are 2 ensuite bedrooms, 1 room with kingsize bed, and one which can be a superking double or a twin room.
A fully equipped kitchen, open plan lounge, dining area & private patio allow for a wonderful family friendly environment.
Set in an idyllic rural location at Pelistry, where coast meets country with easy access to enjoy all that Scilly has to offer.
Arrive and take a deep sea-salty breath, listen to the sound of the birds. Read more »
- Newly refurbished for 2018
- This one bedroom second floor apartment sleeps two with a choice of super king or twin beds
- Quietly situated on Church Street and five mimutes from beaches and all amenities
- The new kitchen/diner and lounge have a comfortable contemporary feel
- Completely refitted shower room
- Outstanding views of the harbour and off-islands <Read more »
A small, friendly guesthouse with panoramic sea and Island views just a short stroll from the centre of Hugh Town and its beaches. A great place to unwind with tastefully decorated rooms and hearty breakfasts. See our excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.Read more »
Superb holiday apartments, quite literally on the beach, with fantastic sea, harbour and quay views. Free Wifi available in all flats. Full information and current availability on our website.Read more »
Two units set in 2 acres of their own grounds with lovely gardens, minutes walk from Watermill Cove . Peacehaven nestles on the quiet north east of the island. Both lounges have fantastic countryside views. Ideal for couples & families looking for a quiet relaxing break. Free wifi broardband avaliable in both units.
Please contact us directly for further information and bookings.Read more »