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 »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Kaffeehaus is Isles of Scilly Country Guest House's own onsite and unique cafe. It was established in 2003 and specialises in Bavarian delicacies such as Apfelstrudel and fresh German Bread. As well as providing delicious homemade cakes and classic lunchtime dishes, we are licensed to sell alcohol.Read more »
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 »
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 permittingRead more »
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 »
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 »
Westford House is a long established B&B with an excellent reputation. We have 5 comfortable en-suite rooms and a bright and spacious guests lounge. Centrally located and very close to beaches, quay and restaurants, we provide you a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in our 3-storey Georgian town house. Jo & Alan offer you the perfect base to explore Scilly from!Read more »
This ground floor flat contains large rooms and high ceilings, which were typical of the Victorian era, and all rooms are entered from a wide hallway which immediately gives the feeling of space as soon as you walk through the door. The house sleeps up to three guests in one bedroom containing both a double bed and a single bed. There is also a lounge/dining room with high quality furnishings and a striking bay window, which allows an abundance of natural light to shine through, a well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar area and a bathroom with separate wc.Read more »
Romney, at ‘Warleggan’ in Church Street has a Monday to Monday booking. A ground floor studio apartment for two persons with easy, flat access to Hugh Town, and to Porthcressa Bay, both just a few minutes walk. Read more »
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 accepted by prior arrangement. Read more »
Strand House is a luxury standard, seafront holiday cottage, offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people in six bedrooms.
Close to the centre of Hugh Town with all its amenities, this 200 year old listed building features a walled and decked patio with private access to Town Beach.Read more »
Luxury accommodation, new for 2016, just 10 mins walk from restaurants, beaches & the quay. Our 2 person self cater suites consist of 3 rooms; a dining room, super king / twin bedroom & spacious walk in shower bathroom. Just a few moments walk from the stunning Peninnis headland and breath taking sunsets over SamsonRead more »
Central location at the top of the Strand, Hugh Town with commanding sea views of St. Mary's harbour and off-islands Samson, Bryher and Tresco from the living room and bedroom windows.
Spacious, self-contained and fully equipped one bedroom accommodation. Available for rent on a weekly basis from Friday to Friday throughout the year on a first come first served basis.
King size or twin single beds option. Included in the rent are all linens, towels, electricity, heating and WiFi. There are USB sockets located in the bedroom.Read more »