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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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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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Salakee Farm Duck

St. Mary's All year

Free range, island reared, Salakee Duck.

We raise our ducks in small batches. During the day the ducks have plenty of space to waddle and roam free. At night they flat foot it back into their cosy shed to stay safe and warm.Read more »

The Beautiful setting  of Holy Vale vineyard

Holy Vale Vineyard & Winery Incorporating Holy Vale Wines

St. Mary's All year

Situated in the tranquil and beautiful Holy Vale on the Nature Trail at the heart of St. Mary’s, the Vineyard and Winery is a must visit location during your stay on St Mary’s. 

Open on weekdays 12.00 – 16.30 and by appointment only on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays for; wine tastings at £17.50 per person, ‘The story of Wine Exhibition’, Cellar Door Shop and refreshments, including Robert's Wine and Lobster Lunch at £24.50 per person.Read more »

Our Restaurant, perfect for weddings

Tregarthen's Hotel

St. Mary's All year

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 »

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 »

Isles of Scilly Official Tea towels £7.50; mugs £8.50

Visit Isles of Scilly Merchandise

St. Mary's All year

Buy new and exclusively-designed Visit Isles of Scilly merchandise. Jute bags. mugs, tea towels and marble fridge magnets. Items from £3.50. P&P free for orders over £25. Please call for details: 01720 424031Read more »

Samson burial chamber

Scilly Walks

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Scilly Walks offers guided walks, boat trips and slide shows to introduce you to 8000 years of archaeology and history on the islands. There are full day and half day visits to all the inhabited and several of the uninhabited islands.Read more »

Adventure on Scilly with Kernow Coasteering

Coasteer Scilly – with Kernow Coasteering

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Coasteering on the Isles of Scilly has arrived! Brought to you by Kernow Coasteering, one of Cornwall’s foremost coasteering providers, Don’t miss your chance to experience the stunning golden granite coastline of Scilly in an epic costal adventure you’ll never forget.Read more »

TroyTown Maze ~ St Agnes  © BareFoot Photographer

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's All year

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 »

View of the Phoenix Studios and workshops

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

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 »

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Samson at Mount Flagon - sitting room

Samson at Mount Flagon

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Dec | £460 - £865 per week

Samson is a 4 Star, Gold rated property. It is generous in size, fitted to a high standard and has sleeping accommodation for four people. The property is situated in a peaceful setting, just along the coastal path, about ten minutes walk from Hugh Town.Read more »

Rosevear

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Apr-Nov | £695 - £1,095 per week

Rosevear is a Grade II listed townhouse with orginal features, centrally located in Hugh Town. The house has two bedrooms, one kingsize and one twin. There is a sunny courtyard at the rear of the property which is ideal for relaxing with a book. It is a 3 minute walk to the quay- great for boat trips to the off islands!Read more »

View from 22 Sallyport

22 Sallyport

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Apr-Oct | £200 - £880 per week

Welcome to the Isles of Scilly and our house, we love it and are sure you will too. The house is built to a reverse level (sitting room and kitchen upstairs) design to make the most of the truly stunning sea views. It provides spacious self catering holiday accommodation in a convenient yet quiet corner of the main settlement on St Mary's - Hugh TownRead more »

Porthcressa Beach 30 seconds from Thurleigh and garden table and chairs in Thurleigh garden

Thurleigh Flats

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £275 - £395 per week

Thurleigh Flats are both single storey buildings set in a shared garden, just 30 seconds away from Porthcressa Beach in the heart of Hugh Town.  Both apartments feature exposed granite walls and are flooded with natural light.  They each have a kitchen with dining and lounge area and a separate bedroom with en suite shower room.Read more »

Altamira Top Floor

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £505 - £810 per week

If you are looking for a room with a view then look no further than Altamira, which in Spanish means ‘High Views’. This elegant, detached Victorian building is set in an elevated position in a quiet location just under a mile from Hugh Town and boasts spacious rooms to complement the stunning view of the town and harbour.Read more »

The Cabin, The Bank

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Nov | £300 - £920 per week

The Cabin is a picturesque traditional Scillonian cottage that simply oozes charm and character. It was also one of the first cottages built in Hugh Town and proves extremely popular with visitors returning to stay there year after year.Read more »

Starboard Light Cottage Lounge

Starboard Light

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 5 | All year | £550 - £1,700 per week

Newly available and fully refurbished, Starboard Light Cottage, located just in front of Tregarthen's Hotel, has a stunning setting in the heart of Hugh Town on St Mary’s, just yards from the quay, where you can catch a boat to explore the off islands.  This newly refurbished 3 bedroom cottage, sleeps up to 5 guests.Read more »

Special offer

Belmont B&B

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 6 Rooms | All year | £37 - £47 pppn

Belmont is a friendly, family run bed and breakfast located in a quiet area on the outskirts of Hugh Town. Within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops, beaches, coastal paths and the quay, Belmont is the ideal base from which to explore the Isles of Scilly.Read more »

An Treath

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £500 - £1,400 per week

Quite literally a stone’s throw from the beach and just a short level walk from the centre of Hugh Town, An Treath will make a perfect base for your holiday. The accommodation is spacious and well-appointed throughout and most rooms have stunning sea views.Read more »

Pelistry Cottage

Pelistry Cottage

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 4 Rooms | All year | £40 - £45 pppn

Anne Hall welcomes you to Pelistry Cottage.  We are situated in the perfect location for exploring Scilly. We are in the heart of the small settlement of Hugh Town, St. Mary's, just a few minutes from its beautiful beaches, restaurants, shops, amenities and the quay where boats depart for the other islands.

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