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

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

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 »

Come2Scilly

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

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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 »

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

St Mary's Boatmen's Association

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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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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 »

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 »

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

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
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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 »

Scilly Carss Taxi

Scilly Carss Taxi Service

St. Mary's All year
Scilly Carss is a family (and pet) friendly family-run taxi service, operating 365 days a year, 7 days a week, from 7.30am until 12 midnight.  We have a comfortable, 8 seater vehicle, with a large boot space for luggage,  wheelchairs and buggies. We cater for your taxi needs as well as private hire for weddings and leisurely tours across St. Mary's on the Isles of SciRead 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 »

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Porthlow

ISLAND ROVER MiniBus Tours

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

Especially designed with the 'Day Tripper' in mind.Read more »

ISLAND ROVER MiniBus Tours

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

Make the most of your holiday by taking a tour with us. If you don't already know, we'll try to enlighten you as to our history, legends and folklore.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 »

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Sea Quest Glass Bottom Boat

St. Mary's All year

A 12 seater launch with a glass bottom specialising in wildlife and history tours.Read more »

Sea Quest Glass Bottom Boat

St. Mary's All year

A 12 seater launch with a glass bottom specialising in wildlife and history tours.Read more »

Samson burial chamber

Scilly Walks

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Scilly Walks is run by Dr Katharine Sawyer and offers guided walks, boat trips and slide shows to introduce you to 8000 years of archaeology and history in the Isles of Scilly. There are full day and half day visits to all the inhabited and several of the uninhabited islands.Read more »

Scented Narcissi - Beautifully scented flowers from the Isles of Scilly

Scented Narcissi - Courier delivered flowers throughout the UK

St. Mary's All year

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.  Deliver a little bit of Scilly by courier to you and your friends.Read more »

No mater how small or large your wedding beautiful photography is essential.

Chris Hall Photography

St. Mary's All year

Chris Hall Photography is a professional photography company located on St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly.  We offer high quality, contemporary and creative images and excellent service.  Read more »

View of Tregarthen's Hotel from the water

Tregarthen's Hotel

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St. Mary's All year

Tregarthen's Hotel has the most stunning setting of any hotel on St Mary's. Right by the water's edge, just yards from the quay. We have inter-connecting rooms and larger rooms for families, with extra beds and cots.

Our 4 self-catering cottages can sleep up to 5 people plus room for a cot, and are ideal for family holidays on St Mary's.  Or Starboard Light and Port Light Cottages have an inter-connecting door that can be opened up to create one larger cottage with 5 bedrooms, sleeping up to 9 people.Read more »

One of Peter M. Smith's paintings

Porthloo Studios / Workshops

St. Mary's All year

Porthloo Studios / Workshops are a group of friendly artists and craftspeople based in a converted barn on the coastal footpath 10 minutes walk from the outskirts of Hugh Town - signposted from Porthmellon.Read more »

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Shamrock Cottage set in lovely gardens

Shamrock Cottage 1

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £600 - £900 per week

Two cottages located in the heart of St. Mary's at High Lanes close to cafes and the perfect base for beautiful island walks. Read more »

Sunny south facing patio and Slippen's private garden

Slippen at Glandore Apartments

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St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Feb-Nov | £385 - £785 per week

'Slippen' is a ground floor apartment within our large, cream 1930s property, surrounded by nearly half an acre of private gardens. This apartment has its own private sunny south facing garden with stone patio and barbecue. Porthloo beach is only fifty yards from our gate and offers stunning views of the famous Scillonian sunsets.Read more »

Silver Street - No.14, Lounge

Silver Street - No.14

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £580 - £1,335 per week

Step out the door and you can almost play on the beach when staying in this attractive modern town house just off the main street by Porthcressa.

Sleeps six in a double with en suite and two twin bedrooms.Read more »

Old Town Cottage

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £395 - £595 per week

A traditional granite fisherman’s cottage, just a stone’s throw from beautiful Old Town Bay, and now fully refurbished to an extremely high standard. Lovely character accommodation for two, with Shaker style kitchen and beamed ceilings. The perfect base for a peaceful Scilly break.Read more »

Carntop Guest House

Carntop Guest House

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Bed & Breakfast
Dog friendly
St. Mary's 3 Rooms | All year | £56 - £76 pppn

A modern Guest House, located on the outskirts of Hugh Town, the “capital” of St Marys. A five minute walk from the town centre, and a few minutes further to the quay, where daily boats leave for the off-islands. Also a few minutes from Old Town, or Peninnis headland and lighthouse.

Three beautifully appointed en suite bedrooms contain all the extras expected in a four star silver guest house.Read more »

Outside dining

The Atlantic

Visit England Three Star Hotel VE Breakfast award
Hotels
Dog friendly
St. Mary's 25 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £80 - £135 pppn

The Atlantic is a quaint waterside Inn overlooking the harbour. Located in the heart of Hugh Town it provides a great base from which to explore the Islands.Read more »

Escallonia, Exterior

Escallonia

3 star self catering
Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £525 - £1,660 per week

Set in an elevated position, this magnificent family home commands stunning views over Hugh Town towards Porthcressa Bay. A luxury base for families and groups of friends.

Sleeps six in one double bedroom and two twin bedrooms.Read more »

One of Westford House's five Guest Bedrooms

Westford House B&B

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

Westford House is a long established B&B with an excellent reputation. I have 5 comfortable en-suite rooms and a bright and spacious guests lounge. Centrally located and very close to beaches, quay and restaurants, I provide you a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in our 3-storey Georgian town house. I hope to offer you the perfect base to explore Scilly from!Read more »

4 Rosevean House

4 Rosevean House

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £390 - £1,040 per week

Conveniently located on the outskirts of Hugh Town, 4 Rosevean House is a modern, well maintained 2 bedroomed property, tastefully decorated and furnished throughout. The private, south-facing, courtyard garden is ideal for relaxing or dining.Read more »

Porthlow Farm Chalet, Lounge

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Visit England Two Star Self Catering
Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £300 - £700 per week

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 »