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

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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The Personal Touch of Self Catering Holidays on the Isles of ScillyRead 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 »

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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 »

Our cart range

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 »

View on St. Mary's

Clipper Cabs

St. Mary's All year

Taxi and tour services on St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly.Read more »

Mr & Mrs Toots

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 »

Cycling

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 »

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 »

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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 »

St Mary's Boatmen's Association at the quay on St Mary's

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 »

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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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 »

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Ratbags Canvas Shop

St. Mary's All year

Rat Island Sailboat Co.  Rat Bags Canvas shop

Hand made cotton canvas bags, clothing & acessories, Visit our workshop here in the Isles of Scilly & watch as we make your bag.

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Scented Narcissi

St. Mary's All year

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 »

Group meal on Mincarlo terrace

Mincarlo activity breaks

Visit England Three Star Bed & Breakfast
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 »

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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 »

THE ISLES OF SCILLIES MOST ICONIC PUBLIC HOUSE

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 »

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Kaffeehaus Salbei

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

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 »

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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 »

Island Wildlife Tours

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

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 »

Bathinghouse Porth Morning Tresco

Stephen Morris at Glandore Gallery

St. Mary's All year

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 »

Wildlife Safari with St Agnes Boating ~ © BareFoot Photographer

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's All year

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 »

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Exterior of Aft Cabin with sea view glimpse

Aft Cabin

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £320 - £470 per week

Well-furnished and maintained one bedroom maisonette located only 25 yards away from Town Beach, facing the harbour and quay.Read more »

One of Westford House's five Guest Bedrooms

Westford House B&B

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 5 Rooms | All year | £40 - £48 pppn

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 »

Special offer
Late availability
Verona bedroom

Verona

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £745 - £1,295 per week

Verona is a large detached bungalow situated on Church Rd. It has large gardens to the front and rear making it an ideal property for families and children. Recently updated. Sleeps 6.Read more »

1 Springfield Court bedroom

1 Springfield Court

3 star self catering
Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 3 | Apr-Oct | £410 - £695 per week

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 bedroom

Romney, Warleggan Holiday Apartments

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £385 - £450 per week

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 »

The Tents

Peninnis Farm Luxury Camping

Self Catering
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 accepted by prior arrangement. Read more »

Special offer
Late availability

Gatehouse Cottage

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £500 - £2,100 per week

Gatehouse Cottage is a historic cottage located at the entrance to the Garrison. The cottage has private gardens with a terrace. The beautiful interior is equipped to the highest standards.Read more »

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Strand House

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 10 | All year | £1,000 - £2,600 per week

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 »

Puffin Kitchen

Schiller Holiday Suites

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £495 - £695 per week

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 »

View from the living room window

The Dairy Flat

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £480 - £720 per week

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 »