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 »

Come2Scilly

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

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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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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Silver Street Gallery

Silver Street Gallery

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Gallery in Hugh TownRead 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 »

Group meal on Mincarlo terrace

Mincarlo activity breaks

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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 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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The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's All year

Stuck for gift ideas?  

When you don't know what to get a loved one for their Birthday or Christmas why not gift them Membership to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust?  This is the perfect gift for Scilly-lovers everywhere!  By supporting the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust you help to ensure that management and conservation work continues and our beautiful islands are looked after all year round.  

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View of our 2 buses at the Airport.

Island Rover (Tours)

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

It is our intention to show our visitors as much as possible in the short time available to them. This tour is ideal for first time visitors and Day Trippers.Read more »

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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 permitting.Read 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 »

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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 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 »

Yoga Scilly

Adventure Scilly

St. Mary's All year

Bryony offers flowing, uplifting yoga sessions; Nick is an experienced swim guide. Both Nick & Bryony are from Scilly and have extensive knowledge of swim spots and trail running routes across the islands, and can advise you on the best way to take an active holiday that will leave you feeling fully immersed in the beauty and nature of the islands. Read more »

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Corners

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £595 - £1,110 per week

 An extremely stylish and spacious duplex apartment, offering bright and airy accommodation, centrally located in the heart of Hugh Town.

Close to the harbour, shops, restaurants and many amenities the town offers, Corners is the perfect choice for a great Scilly holiday.

The apartment is furnished & equipped to a very high standard, all in a fresh, contemporary style.

Unlimited Wi-Fi. Highly recommended.

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Wingletang Guest House Exterior

Wingletang Guest House

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Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 8 Rooms | All year | £38 - £47 pppn

Welcome to Wingletang, a popular and well established guest house, ideally located in Hugh Town overlooking the park and close to all amenities, including daily boat trips, island bus tours, churches, museum, local slide shows and theatre productions. Two sandy beaches lie within just a minute’s walk from the house, where you’ll discover beautiful coastal footpaths and exhilarating sea views.Read more »

Springfield Court  - No.1, Lounge

Springfield Court - No.1

3 star self catering
Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 3 | Mar-Oct | £445 - £805 per week

This period apartment contains large rooms and high ceilings and is ideally situated within a short level walk of the heart of Hugh Town for shops, pubs and restaurants.

Sleeps three in a double room with extra single bed.Read more »

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Norwethal Flat

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £420 - £615 per week

Norwethal is a modern light and airy flat. It is centrally located and well equipped with all that is needed to make your holiday enjoyable. Porthcressa and Town Beach are both only a 5 minute walk away . If you choose to stay on St Mary's we have some wonderful walks or you can hire a buggy or bicycle to explore the little hideaways we have. If you like boating the quay is a 10 minute walk away. Boats leave daily for the off islands and circular trips to see the puffins or seals then landing on St Agnes or St Martin's is a must for visitors.

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Tean

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £435 - £735 per week

Set in the heart of Hugh Town, facing an attractive park and within easy walking distance to the shops, restaurants, quay and beaches, Tean is an outstanding choice for couples.

Sleeps two in a double arrangement.Read more »

Beggars Roost

Beggars Roost

3 star self catering
Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £400 - £1,400 per week

Split-level detached house in a slightly elevated, quiet position with gardens and lovely views across Porth Cressa and to the off-islands. Porth Cressa Beach is just yards away, whilst the Town and Porthmellon beaches are an easy walk. Restaurants, pubs, shops and the museum are only a short distance away.Read more »

Spinnaker, Customs House

5 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 5 | All year | £675 - £1,755 per week

This outstanding apartment is both modern and stylish. Centrally located yet right by the beach. With a large master bedroom en suite and stunning sea views from the kitchen/lounge/diner it is equipped to a very high standard. Perfect for a relaxing holiday on Scilly.Read more »

Star Castle aerial view

Star Castle Hotel

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Dog friendly
St. Mary's 38 Rooms | All year | £83 - £219 pppn

A family run hotel located on the Garrison a short walk from the centre of St Mary’s and the harbour, commanding breathtaking views of the stunning Archipelago. Our focus is to provide exceptional customer service to all our guests, award winning gourmet food with a choice of two award winning restaurants featuring fresh lobster and crab caught by the proprietor Mr Robert Francis aboard ‘Gallos’ the hotel’s own fishing boat.Read more »

Shamrock Cottage set in lovely gardens

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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 »

Green Farmhouse

Green Farmhouse Old Pheasant's Eye

Self Catering
St. Mary's 1 Room | All year | £600 - £770 pppn

Welcome to Green Farmhouse- Luxury Coastal Retreats, 

Named after a traditional narcissi, Old Pheasants Eye is a cosy private annexe.

The minute you enter you’ll feel at home.

Inside you will find a kitchen/diner with all mod-cons and coffee machine.

Through you’ll find a large bedroom with 1500 pocket sprung super-kingsize bed, which can be made up as a twin room by request.

Sink into luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, or curl up in the love seat, and watch TV.Read more »