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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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

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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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Our Restaurant, perfect for weddings

Tregarthen's Hotel Weddings

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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 »

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 »

Paintings at Tamarisk Gallery

Tamarisk Gallery

St. Mary's All year

Tamarisk is a new gallery in the centre of Hugh Town showcasing artwork by local painters and craftspeople as well as arts and crafts from further afield. Artists include Imogen Bone, C N Smith, Sue Lewington and Oriel Hicks. Locally produced jewellery, cards and gifts are also available. Several of the craftspeople exhibiting work are based locally at Phoenix Craft Studios, Porthmellon Business Park. 

For more information please see our website or visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.Read more »

The Paper Shop

The Paper Shop (C J Mumford)

St. Mary's All year

Serving the islands' newspaper, magazine and periodical requirements since 1904. Confectioner, stationer, tobacconist and bookseller - including Scilly's longest running publication "The Scillonian". Scilly's only National Lottery outlet. The Paper Shop receives the daily papers around 11am, and also stocks popular magazines and games and goodies for children.Read more »

49 Degrees clothing

49 Degrees

St. Mary's All year

The IOS Store, born and bred on the islands since 1973. Visit us for all your IOS apparelRead more »

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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 »

Silver Street Gallery

Silver Street Gallery

St. Mary's All year

Gallery in Hugh TownRead more »

Becky's Scilly Cakes

Becky's Scilly Cakes

St. Mary's All year

We are a small cake shop specialising in novelty cakes and celebration cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. We are situated at Porthcressa opposite the library and open all year round. Read more »

St Mary's Riding Centre

St. Mary's All year

A warm welcome awaits you at St Mary's Riding Centre, the only horse riding establishment in the Isles of Scilly. Fully licenced, insured and a British Horse Society Approved Trekking Centre and Riding School.Read more »

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Greystones 1

Greystones 1

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 5 | Mar-Oct | £495 - £960 per week

One of three beautiful self-catering cottages situated on the historic Garrison. They are in an area of outstanding natural beauty, on the glorious island of St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly. Read more »

Bay Tree Cottage, Exterior

Bay Tree Cottage

5 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £760 - £1,800 per week

This traditional character cottage in the heart of Old Town contains all mod cons and offers 5-star luxury.

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

White Cottage Flat

White Cottage Flat

Visit England Two Star Self Catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £505 - £1,025 per week

A ground floor apartment located in a quiet area just under a mile from Hugh Town, with a large private garden which makes a good play area for children.

Both bedrooms can be made to either a twin or double arrangement.Read more »

Kingsize bedroom


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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Apr-Nov | £995 - £1,150 per week

Rosevear is a Grade II listed townhouse with original features, centrally located in Hugh Town. The house has two bedrooms, one kingsize and one twin. There is a sunny courtyard at the rear of the property which is ideal for relaxing with a book. It is a 3 minute walk to the quay- great for boat trips to the off islands!Read more »

Special offer
Late availability
Aft Cabin

Aft Cabin

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £365 - £510 per week

A popular holiday home set in a quiet location, just 25 yards from Town Beach and a five-minute walk from the centre of Hugh Town.

Sleeps two in a twin arrangement and equally suited to the lone traveller.Read more »

View across the Park to Spanish Ledge

Flat 1, Spanish Ledge

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £250 - £630 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. The flat is maintained by family and we respond quickly to any concerns.Read more »

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Porthlow Farm Chalet, Lounge

Porthlow Farm Chalet 1

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 »

Midships - kitchen

Banfield's Holiday Flats - 'Midships' flat

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £355 - £515 per week

Banfield’s Holiday Flats:   'Midships’ (flat featured), ‘Top Deck’, ‘Quarter Deck’ 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 vacancies - see below.  Further details, including a walk round video tour, can be found on our website - www.banfieldsholidayflats.comRead more »

Samson at Mount Flagon - sitting room

Samson at Mount Flagon

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Dec | £460 - £865 per week

Samson is a 4 Star, Gold rated property. It is generous in size, fitted to a high standard and has sleeping accommodation for four people. The property is situated in a peaceful setting, just along the coastal path, about ten minutes walk from Hugh Town.Read more »

95 Watermill

95 Watermill

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Alternative Accommodation
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £650 - £800 per week

New this year, 95 Watermill is a luxury, hand built shepherd hut providing a magical, romantic hideaway. Nestled in its own secluded garden,  near some of the most breathtaking beaches on the islands, 95 Watermill offers total luxury with minimal impact on its special environment taking glamping to another level.Read more »