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.

Search results: 3 Showing: 1 to 3


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 »

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 »

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 »

Search results: 9 Showing: 1 to 9

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.


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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Special offer
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 »

Search results: 72 Showing: 1 to 10

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 »

Cider Festival, Old Town Inn

St. Mary's

Saturday 3rd September
Sunday 4th September

Old Town Inn, St Marys

The Old Town Inn is a free house serving more than 30 ciders – on tap and bottled – and this weekend they’ll be hosting a special cider festival. Make use of the 1/3 pint “cider sliders”, seek out specials and mark up your favourites on a special Taste of Scilly cider score card. Enjoy scrummy, locally source lunchtime and evening meals too, or simply sit and relax in the special cider garden.Read more »

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 »

Porthcressa beach

Scillonian Beach Barbecue

St. Mary's

Sunday 11th September 
Sunday 18th September
Sunday 25th September 

Porthcressa Beach

A totally chilled licensed Scillonian barbecue by the sea for all your family and friends. What better way to round off a wonderful weekend on Scilly?Read more »

The Pit Canteen

Fisherman’s Supper at The Pit

St. Mary's

Saturday 3rd September 
Saturday 10th September 
Saturday 17th September

The Pit Canteen, The Strand, St. Mary’s

A special Taste of Scilly menu of only Scillonian line-caught fish will be served up for the first three Saturday evenings in September at The Pit Canteen on the Strand, St. Mary’s. The catches of the day will vary, but all will be presented with locally-grown island accompaniments. BYO; corkage applies.  Supper served between 6pm and 9pm. 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 Tanglewood table

The Tanglewood Table: a wine and dine evening

St. Mary's

Thursday 1st September 
Wednesday 14th September
Friday 23rd September 
Tuesday 27th September

Tanglewood Table at Tanglewood Kitchen, Hugh Street, St Mary’s

Enjoy an intimate Taste of Scilly four-course menu, matched with wines. Maximum of eight people, so book the whole table or come as a couple and share the experience.Read more »

The Tanglewood Kitchen Company @ The Post Office

Taste of the West Award
St. Mary's All year

Diverse food retail shop @ The Post Office on St Mary's, specialising in award winning homemade ready meals, fresh fish and IOS shellfish, gourmet 'best in town' sandwiches, freshly baked 'Champion Product 2015' individual quiche daily, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.Read more »

View of Tregarthen's Hotel from the water

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. We have inter-connecting rooms and larger rooms that can cater for families, with extra beds and cots.

Our self-catering cottage, Starboard Light, has 3 rooms, sleeping up to 5 people plus room for a cot, is ideal for family holidays on St Mary's.

Our restaurant is great for family dining, with a children's menu available each day.Read more »

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 »

Search results: 246 Showing: 1 to 10

4 Spanish Ledge

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £250 - £545 per week

Flat 4 is on the first floor and accommodates two guests in a double bedroom. The remaining internal layout comprises a shower room and an open-plan lounge/diner with a kitchenette.Read more »

Porthloo Chalet 2

Visit England Two Star Self Catering
Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Dec | £250 - £605 per week

The chalets sleep four guests in two twin bedrooms and comprise a lounge/dining room, shower room and well-equipped kitchen. Laundry facilities are also available at the owner’s house on site and each chalet has its own garden with patio furniture. Dog owners are reminded to bring their own bedding and dishes.Read more »

Crebinick House

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 »

View of Annet Cottage from the beach

Annet Cottage

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 3 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £33 - £47 pppn

A granite built cottage, Annet overlooks the sea at Porthloo about 15 minutes pleasant walk along the coast path to Hugh Town. Enjoy spectacular sunsets. A long established, highly regarded, friendly and traditional Bed and Breakfast renowned for our hospitality and fine breakfasts. All rooms en suite or private facilities. The perfect setting for your perfect holiday or short break.Read more »

Secret Garden

Secret Garden - Carnwethers Country House Cottages

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £620 - £840 per week

Four star self catering cottages set in an acre of award winning gardens above Pelistry Bay on St Marys. With solar heated swimming pool, sauna, games room and croquet lawn. Carnwethers provides comfortable contemporary accommodation for the perfect island holiday. Read more »

Special offer
Exterior view of The Lookout

The Lookout

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 2 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £39 - £39 pppn

The Lookout is a friendly and relaxed B & B, situated in a peaceful corner overlooking Porthcressa Bay, just a few yards from the beach and only a short walk to all amenities and the harbour. We offer comfortable and spacious accommodation with fabulous sea views from both guest bedrooms.Read more »

Super-king/twin bedroom


Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £600 - £950 per week

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 »

3 Rosevean

3 Rosevean

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £360 - £700 per week

Refreshed for 2016 redecorated with new carpets etc

3 Rosevean House is the light, airy top flat of a Edwardian semi-detached house, with a lovely view over the Chaplaincy gardens and Rams Valley to Porthcressa beach at the rear. Situated in Hugh Town, the main centre on the island of St Marys, Isles of Scilly.

View the flat on a YouTube tour and availability - click on the link in Additional Information below 
Read more »

Special offer
Late availability

Glenmoor Apartment

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £595 - £995 per week

Opened in the summer of 2013 our brand new luxury apartment is ideally situated a ten-minute walk to St Mary's Harbour, Hugh Town and the picturesque Old Town bay.   We have created a home from home, relaxing environment for your comfort and enjoyment.Read more »

Flat 1, Spanish Ledge

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £250 - £615 per week

A warm welcome awaits you at Flat 1 Spanish Ledge.

A comfortable, well equipped first floor flat, sleeps 4.

The accommodation comprises one large double room, one twin room (2'6" beds), a well equipped kitchen, lounge/diner and  shower room.

Centrally located for easy access to the shops and restaurants, harbour and beaches.

Prices include bedding, towels and electric.

The booking process is with Clare and on arrival a family member will greet you. The flat is maintained by family and we respond quickly to any concerns.Read more »

Special offer