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 »
“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 »
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 »
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 »
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 permittingRead more »
The Phoenix Craft studios and workshops comprise seven individual craftspeople, many of whom will teach their skills to visitors. visitors can paint glass roundels, ceramic mugs and plates or fabric bags and tee-shirts. Beaded jewellery and silk scarf painting classes are open to all age groups too. Adults (over 14 years) also have the option of doing a three hour class in Tiffany glass, learning to to cut, copper-foil and solder coloured glass into a light-catcher to take home. Prices from £9.50 to £30. During Art Scilly Week in May each year, many more classes are laid on.Read more »
Rosmarinus is a completely refurbished three-bedroom flat, an annex to Mincarlo Guest House. Situated at the side of the house, the flat has access to the front terrace with fantastic views across St Mary's harbour and out to sea.
Breakfasts and evening meals available from the guesthouse.Read more »
A ground floor apartment located in a quiet area just under a mile from Hugh Town, with a large private garden which makes a good play area for children.
Both bedrooms can be made to either a twin or double arrangement.Read more »
Spacious rooms and a convenient central location with stunning views over Porthcressa makes An Treath an ideal choice for families and groups of friends sharing.
Sleeps six in two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, all en-suite.Read more »
Secluded cottage which sleeps 4, with private patio garden, on a working flower farm, and close to nature trails and coastal footpaths, in the beautiful south of St Mary's. We have tried to retain the traditional character, if possible exposing original granite walls and open beams. We hope you will be comfortable and enjoy spending time at 'Lunnon'. Read more »
Aldersyde is an immaculately presented attractive granite (former sea captains) cottage. Full of period features and comfortably furnished. It is situated in a quiet central town location only a few yards from Town Beach and ideally situated for local amenities and the quay. With a secluded sunny courtyard for alfresco dining and large light and airy conservatory for cooler days.Read more »
Situated in a quiet area just under a mile from Hugh Town, Porthlow Farm Chalets enjoy the best of all worlds - a rural setting close to the beach and within easy reach of all amenities.
Sleeps four in two twin bedrooms.Read more »
A family business established in 2000, offering a wide range of homes & businesses for sale, and quality holiday cottage rentals sleeping from 2 to 12 people. Our team of property sales specialists are on hand to answer any queries you may have and help you find the perfect island home, here on the Isles of Scilly...So, if you are looking for a permanent move, or just a week’s holiday, why not call Sibleys?
BRAND NEW FOR 2018.
Renovated and refurbished in March 208, the Association is a beautiful, elegant and contemporary apartment located centrally, just a minute’s walk to Porthcressa beach. Decorated to a high standard with luxurious contemporary modern interiors and large windows, it’s the perfect place for your holiday. Read more »
The apartment and cottages situated on Seaways Flower Farm are all converted farm buildings; two of which were the orchid glass house and the barley store. Carefully converted and modernised over the years they now offer a comfortable and very convenient holiday home with spectacular views, mainly across the harbour but also with a more distant seascape.Read more »