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

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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 »

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St Mary's Bike Hire

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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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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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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 »

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 »

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 »

Mr & Mrs Toots

Toots Taxi

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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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

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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 »

Silver Street Gallery

Silver Street Gallery

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Lino print by Vickie Heaney

Phoenix Craft Workshops

St. Mary's All year

A co-operative of seven local artist and craftspeople working on the little Business Park at Porthmellon. Work includes paintings, printmaking, leather work, stained & fused glass, jewellery and fabric painting and printing. There is a gallery of work by more local artists upstairs. Computer and printer available for public use, or free WiFi if you have your own phone or tablet. Classes for children & adults are also available. (see activities page for more details)Read more »

Katharine

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 »

49 Degrees clothing

49 Degrees

St. Mary's All year

The IOS Store, born and bred on the islands since 1973. Visit us for all your IOS apparelRead more »

Our cart range

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 »

Sea swimming on the Isles of Scilly

Adventure Scilly

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Swim holidays

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Cut Loose

St. Mary's All year

Cut Loose hair salon has been established for eight years and consists of three well experienced hair stylists. We cover all ladies and gents hairdressing including bridal work.Read more »

Narcissi

Isles of Scilly Flowers

St. Mary's All year

Isles of Scilly Flowers offer scented Narcissi and Scilly Show Pinks Flowers from the Scilly Isles, the perfect all year round gifts for family and friends. Our beautiful range of scented Scilly Flowers are freshly picked and posted from our own Family run Scillonain flower farm.

Isles of Scilly Flowers make the perfect gift for every special occasion or person. We carefully hand pick your Scilly Flowers from our finest blooms to ensure the highest quality and perfection - so your Flowers from Scilly are truly spectacular.Read more »

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Stephen Morris at Glandore Gallery

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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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Lifeboat View, Kitchen

Lifeboat View

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £250 - £450 per week

Lifeboat View is a compact bed-sitting room apartment on the ground floor of Smugglers Ride, a traditional granite building that was originally a large guesthouse subsequently converted into self-catering apartments.

The living area makes maximum use of the space available and comprises a bed-sitting room with a feature window seat, a shower room and a dining kitchen with a splendid view of the harbour and of course the lifeboat at anchor. Sleeping two in a sofa bed, this flat is also very well suited to single occupancy.Read more »

Silver Street No.14, Lounge

Silver Street No.14

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Apr-Oct | £400 - £1,175 per week

Step out the door and you can almost play on the beach when staying in this attractive modern town house in the newly regenerated Porthcressa area. It is at most a mere two-minute walk into the main street in Hugh Town so there are not many better or more convenient locations for a relaxing or fun-filled holiday at any time of year.Read more »

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12 Silver Street

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £682 - £1,450 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 »

Crebinick House

Crebinick House

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Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 4 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £39 - £49 pppn

Crebinick House for a comfortable and relaxing stay in first class bed and breakfast accommodation on the beautiful Isles of Scilly...where quality and value meet.Read more »

Chy Carn

Chy Carn

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 10 | All year | £1,450 - £2,450 per week

Luxury extremely well appointed five bedroom house with spectacular views, in a perfect location with a large garden. Monday changeover. Minutes from beaches, town, quay and coast walks.Read more »

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Peninnis Farm Luxury Camping

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Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £600 - £1,285 per week

Peninnis Farm Luxury Camping offers self-catering under canvas as our custom designed safari tents are spacious and fully furnished with excellent kitchens, comfortable bedrooms and shower rooms with all mod cons. Whether it’s a romantic retreat or a family adventure – we have an excellent farm holiday experience to offer! Dogs are accepted by prior arrangement. Read more »

Spacious Loft Space

Flat 15, The Sail Loft, Harbour Lights

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £350 - £750 per week

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 »

Bella Apartments Living Room

Bella Apartments

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Apr-Oct | £494 - £1,198 per week

Bella Apartments are only a short walk from the amenities of Hugh Town and the beaches of Little Porth and Porthcressa. Some of our apartments have 180-degree sea views.

We are a short distance from the shops and restaurants including the Quay where all tripper boats depart for the Off- Islands. Our apartments Bella Vista, Little Bella, Bella Maria and Bella Bryher are finished to a high standard and have all attained a 4 Star Gold Award from Visit Britain. Read more »

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Schooners Hotel

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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 »

Santamana

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Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 2 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £33 - £38.50 pppn

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 »