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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Prestige Holidays

St. Mary's All year

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

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 »

Special offer

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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The Scilly Cart Co

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

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 »

Dining at Tregarthen's Hotel

Tregarthen's Hotel

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

Tregarthen's Hotel is the premier Isles of Scilly hotel, with the most stunning setting of any hotel on St Mary's. Right by the water's edge, Tregarthen's is just yards away from the quay. 

Our restaurant is the epitome of fine dining and the hotel is also the ultimate venue for your wedding reception, renewal of vows or civil ceremony.Read more »

The Mermaid Inn

St. Mary's All year

Your first port of call on St Mary’s. You will always find real ales flowing in our traditional bar and quality cuisine in our contemporary restaurant and bistro.

Open every day for food and drink.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 '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.Read more »

Book a Bike on Scilly

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 »

The Sailing Centre

St. Mary's Apr-Sep

RYA & AALA licensed watersports centre offering instruction, hire & sales in windsurfing, sailing, powerboating & kayaking. Centres on St. Mary's & Tresco.Read more »

Enjoy the view from Juliet's Garden

Juliet's Garden Restaurant and Bar

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

Juliet's Garden is a well established, family run business which was created over 30 years ago on Seaways Farm, overlooking the harbour and seascape. Above Porthloo on St Mary's, its friendly atmosphere and fresh food have made it a great favourite with visitors and locals alike.Read more »

Group meal on Mincarlo terrace

Mincarlo activity breaks

St. Mary's All year

Mincarlo is the perfect location for an activity or special interest holiday on Scilly, whether you want to join an established group holiday (see listings below) or to bring your own group. Comfortable accommodation for 18 guests. Also suitable for large family groups celebrating weddings, birthdays or special anniversaries. Read more »

Great slides at Kings of the Castle

Kings of the Castle

St. Mary's All year

Kings of the Castle is an all weather indoor play and party venue, with a multi level soft play frame, a separate ball pool, a dedicated baby and toddler area and a cafe. All areas have age appropriate equipment children to explore the area at their own pace whilst you sit and relax. Appropriate for children aged 8 and under.Read more »

Become a Member

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's All year

Stuck for gift ideas?  

When you don't know what to get a loved one for their Birthday or Christmas why not gift them Membership to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust?  This is the perfect gift for Scilly-lovers everywhere!  By supporting the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust you help to ensure that management and conservation work continues and our beautiful islands are looked after all year round.  

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8 Buzza Street

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £365 - £545 per week

A cottage, built in excess of 150 years ago, one of a row of typical fishermen's cottages situated very close to Porthcressa beach and centrally situated for the town's amenities. The cottage has been very tastefully renovated, attractively furnished and well equipped to provide accommodation of a high standard. One double bedroom. Wednesday changeover.  Read more »

Seaview Moorings

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £420 - £705 per week

Our 5 modern apartments are furnished and equipped for your every need. Breathtaking views - fantastic location. Seaview Moorings is not just a place to stay, it's a place to file away in your memory.Read more »

Sunny south facing patio and Slippen's private garden

Slippen at Glandore Apartments

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Feb-Nov | £370 - £750 per week

'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 »

Fairview, 5 Moonrakers

Fairview, 5 Moonrakers

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £400 - £750 per week

1st floor apartment in a quiet location next to the Garrison Walls.  Lovely sea views from every room! 2 bedrooms: 1 x double en-suite, 1 x king size/twin.  Shower room, living room/diner and kitchen.  Only a few minutes walk to the quay, beaches, shops, pubs and restaurants.Read more »

12 Silver Street

12 Silver Street

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £650 - £1,380 per week

Here at Porthcressa Properties we have everything you need to make your stay with us as relaxing and enjoyable as possible; from comfortable beds, DVD player, iPod dock to a well-equipped kitchen, every need is catered for.

The open-plan layout downstairs provides a spacious and airy living area, then step outside the front door, cross the road and you’ll find yourself on beautiful Porthcressa Beach, perfect! Read more »

Exterior view of The Lookout

The Lookout

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 2 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £39 - £39 pppn

The Lookout is a friendly and relaxed B & B, situated in a peaceful corner overlooking Porthcressa Bay, just a few yards from the beach and only a short walk to all amenities and the harbour. We offer comfortable and spacious accommodation with fabulous sea views from both guest bedrooms.Read more »

Flat 1, Spanish Ledge

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £250 - £615 per week

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 and on arrival a family member will greet you. The flat is maintained by family and we respond quickly to any concerns.Read more »

Spinnaker, Customs House

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 5 | All year | £675 - £1,695 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 »

Monaveen

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £715 - £1,540 per week

Attractive granite cottage with enviable location and stunning views across Porthcressa Bay. South facing patio just perfect for dinner with a view. Ideal for families or couples sharing for a relaxing Scilly holiday. Very close to all the towns amenities.Read more »

3 Porth Cressa View

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £600 - £1,200 per week

*** please ring Ken on 0208 399 8364 or check our website below ***

Just yards from PorthCressa beach, located conveniently for shops, restaurants and pubs this newly refurbished self-catering accommodation sleeps up to six for groups or families in 3 bedrooms, a double, twin and adult bunk bedroom. Full details and a Youtube tour available on our website (link below) but please do enquire if you want to know more.Read more »