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.
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 »
A US based travel company servicing the US and Canada for vacation packages to the Isles of Scilly, England.
Our one-price complete package includes return flights for all domestic and international travel needs plus internal travel in England and accommodation.
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Skybus fly all year round to St Mary’s from Land’s End and Newquay, and from Exeter between March and November. If you are staying on Tresco, we recommend that you book your journey through the Island Office as our fares include all island transfers.Read more »
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 »
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 »
Scilly Flowers based at Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s is Scilly’s postal flower service. We send gift boxes of scented flowers to any UK address all year round. In the winter we grow and send Scented Narcissi and in the summer, Scented Pinks. If you are on St Martin’s, pop into the farm and see what we do.Read more »
St Agnes Boating is working with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to promote the island’s wildlife. Every Wednesday we have a Wildlife Trust Ranger onboard who is our guide. The Spirit travels to Annet, the protected island where the seabirds nest and then onto the Western Rocks towards the Bishop Rock Lighthouse. Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and other nesting seabirds should be seen from April to July. Come along to find out why our customers say this trip is exciting, educational, informative and fun!
Come to St Martin's for a fabulous, award winning, wildlife experience. Snorkel with the seals and get close to these elegant creatures in their natural environment. All the equipment you will need is supplied and you don't require any previous experience. Read more »
From every day essentials to gourmet items, we have a wide selection of produce that will satisfy fussy kids as well as the most discerning foodie. We understand the needs of families staying on the island, especially those with small children, and you can be assured that we are well stocked with major food brands, nappies and other baby and infant paraphernalia. We also stock every day essentials for those self-catering, so you don’t need fill your suitcase up with biscuits and breakfast cereal!Read more »
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.
'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 »
A spacious airy second floor flat with stunning views across the harbour and to Morning Point. An ideal Island exploring base for families or friends to share. Under 5 mins to shops and beaches. All towels, linen and bathrobes provided.Read more »
A warm welcome awaits you at Lynwood; an elegant 1830's Scillonian town house with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Lynwood has been lovingly restored by its owners, Jan and Dave Parr, and is centrally situated to offer easy, level access for the quay, beaches, shops and the excellent restaurants and pubs of Hugh Town. The tastefully appointed guest bedrooms are all en-suite, bright and airy and offer hot drink making facilities, hair dryers, colour TV and radio. Excellent breakfasts can be chosen from a varied menu and special diets catered for.Read more »
Porthenor is a spectacularly located B&B on the coastal path overlooking Old Town Bay. Our guest room has its own private entrance from the garden, is modern and newly appointed with a comfortable bed and quality linens. It has a spacious en suite and shower. Sit in our contemporary lounge and enjoy your breakfast, cooked with the finest ingredients, whilst you take in the glorious views across Old Town Bay. Newly opened for 2016.Read more »
Newly available and fully refurbished, Starboard Light Cottage, located just in front of Tregarthen's Hotel, has a stunning setting in the heart of Hugh Town on St Mary’s, just yards from the quay, where you can catch a boat to explore the off islands. This newly refurbished 3 bedroom cottage, sleeps up to 5 guests. 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 adults.Read more »
A spacious and well-appointed ground floor flat, centrally located close to Hugh town and amenities. Very close to Porthcressa Beach. Kirklees offers a double-bedded room, bathroom with shower, a lounge/dining room and fully equipped galley kitchen. Changeover day Wednesday. The flat has a 3 star Gold award.Read more »
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 »
Superb holiday apartments, quite literally on the beach, with fantastic sea, harbour and quay views. Free Wifi available in all flats. Full information and current availability on our website.Read more »