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

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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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Mackerel

Fish for your supper: from catch to plate

St. Mary's

Friday 9th September

Start at St. Mary’s Quay; finish at Old Town Inn (landing at Old Town Bay by dinghy)

Enjoy a unique early evening’s fishing with Paul Smith on the Kingfisher for mackerel, pollock and other local line-caught fish in the waters around Scilly, then take your catch to the Old Town Inn for a lovely barbecue. 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 »

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Taste of Scilly Quiz Night

St. Mary's

Wednesday 7th September
Wednesday 28th September

Atlantic Inn

Pit your wits against sensational quiz mistress, Beth Hilton and take part in the Taste of Scilly Quiz Night!  (Just half the quiz questions will be food related.)  A fun night with friends, not to be missed.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 424031 or  01720 424036Read more »

Old Town Café pasties

Rob’s Pasty Masterclass

St. Mary's

Thursday 8th September
Thursday 15th September

Old Town Café, St. Mary’s

Your opportunity on St. Mary’s to make and bake your own pasties on St. Mary’s at the Old Town Café with pasty-making maestro, Rob Greenlaw. You’ll get to cook two pasties, so perhaps a chance to experiment with different fillings!  Admire and enjoy a tasting session of each of your pasties and still have one left to take home.Read more »

Scillonian Produce Market

St. Mary's

Friday 2nd September

St Marys Quay

The Duchy of Cornwall is pleased to host, on St. Mary’s Quay a special Scillonian produce market to kick start Taste of Scilly.

Come, peruse, taste and purchase a wealth of wonderful island produce, all grown, reared, created or produced across the Isles of Scilly. Read more »

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Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

The Phoenix Craft Studios are open all year, so even when you can't visit in person, we can still send our individually hand crafted items across to you at home. If you want a gift for someone special for a birthday or anniversary, why not browse the websites of the various artists below and ring the studio for a chat about your requirements on 01720 422962. We can take card payments by phone and send goods out by first class post.Read more »

Prosecco & Chocolate Tasters

St. Mary's

Friday 2nd September
Friday 23rd September

The Very Scilly Chocolate Company @ Phoenix Studios, St Marys’

Visit the Very Scilly Chocolate Company at Phoenix Studios on St. Mary’s and sample some award-winning salted caramel chocolate, and many other flavours too. All washed down with a glass of sparkling Prosecco. All purchases made today will enjoy a 10% discount.Read more »

Photography Workshop and Walk

St. Mary's

Thursday 12th & Wednesday 25th May

Enjoy a short walk with local and award winning photographer Chris Hall. Walk to various location shoots, use Macro photography, seascapes and portraiture.  Capture your holiday using fantastic imagery and make your friends envious.Read more »

Salakee duck

Salakee Farm tour

St. Mary's

Wednesday 14th September 

Salakee Farm, St. Mary’s

Just three years ago, Kylie and Dave, two Scilly farmers began to live their dream and started rearing happy ducks at Salakee Farm. It’s been a quacking success, supplying several restaurants and shops. They also sell direct from the farm. Join them on a tour of Salakee Farm, meet the free-range Salakee ducks and enjoy a duck taster.Read more »

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Quarter Deck - kitchen

Banfield's Holiday Flats - Quarter Deck

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £325 - £505 per week

Banfield’s Holiday Flats:    ‘Quarter Deck’  (flat featured), ‘Top Deck’, Midships’ and the ‘Flatlet’, are all two person flats fitted out to a high standard, providing you with comfortable accommodation, close to the town centre and the quay. They are locally owned and managed. For full details, a walk round video tour, and vacancies, please visit our website.

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Bodilly Cottage dining and living space

Bodilly Cottage

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £920 - £1,320 per week

Bodilly Cottage is a recently refurbished traditional Scillonian cottage with some added luxuries we think you might like. Just a few minutes walk from the harbour, shops, restaurants and pubs in Hugh Town, the cottage is situated in a quiet spot, opposite St Mary’s Police station. The property was remodelled by a local architect and has been fitted to a very high standard, unusual for a self-catering holiday let.Read more »

Large rear garden and patio

Brunswick, 3 Telegraph

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £375 - £600 per week

Brunswick is a lovely semi detached bungalow decorated in a modern style with large private front and rear gardens.

It can be found at the North of the Island of St Mary’s and is set back from the main road, approximately 1.5 miles from Hugh Town.

The beautiful sandy beach at Bar Point is within walking distance as is the Golf Club, Halangy ancient village and several burial chambers.

We are open all year with Saturday changeovers and also offer special deals during the winter months.

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Porthloo Chalet 1

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 »

The Old Cottage

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 3 | All year | £475 - £775 per week

A beautifully renovated cottage with harbour and sea views. Located in Hugh Town, the Old Cottage is pet friendly, perfect for couples and conveniently located for shops and restaurants. The Old Cottage is a two minute walk to the quay. Saturday changeover.Read more »

External view of Thalia which has a private terrace with outdoor furniture, and garden views.

Green Farmhouse, Thalia

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £780 - £980 per week

Welcome to Green Farmhouse- Luxury Coastal Retreats

Set in an idyllic rural location at Pelistry, where coast meets country with easy access to enjoy all that St. Mary's and Scilly has to offer. 

Arrive and take a deep sea-salty breath, listen to the sound of the birds. 

Nothing matters, its time to relax and unwind. Read more »

Late availability

Carn Thomas Cottage

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £500 - £950 per week

Carn Thomas is a well located cottage spread over three floors, it has superb views of the harbour from the top floor. The property is on the edge of the town and is ideal for dog walking yet is still close to the harbour and town. The cottage has all that you require for a great holiday.Read more »

Minalto 2

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £395 - £655 per week

This is the front apartment in a striking three-storey Victorian town house. Situated on the ground floor with one bedroom while two further guests can be accommodated on the sofa bed in the open-plan lounge and dining kitchen area. A modern bathroom completes the internal layout where attention to detail and high quality furnishings are obvious throughout.Read more »

Northwethel Guest House

Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 2 Rooms | All year | £30 - £30 pppn

Northwethel Guest House is a small, family run B&B located in a quiet cul-de-sac off Church Road, on the outskirts of Hugh Town. The town and local amenities, the harbour and several beaches are all within ten minutes walking distance.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 »

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