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.
Options include travelling via Dublin or London.Read more »
Bikes are the primary form of transport on the island and are available to hire at the bike store, which is located next door to Tresco Stores & Deli at the Flying Boat. There are bikes to suit all age groups. Guests can pre-book for their stay by calling the Island Office on +44 (0)1720 422849.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 »
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 »
The Visitor Centre on Tresco is situated at the entrance to the world famous Abbey Garden. Along with a history room and a wonderful gift shop you will find the bright and welcoming cafe where light lunches and delicious cakes are on offer. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and snacks. There is plenty of indoor seating or enjoy the colourful cafe garden where you can keep an eye out for our beautiful red squirrels.Read more »
Standing Stone and Standing Stone Terrace are two adjoining houses lovingly converted from late 19th Century buildings. They are set in a large, shared garden with some sunny corners for reading or sunbathing on loungers. Two miles from Hugh Town, they allow for a 40 minute meander round the coastal path, happily encountering Juliet's Garden Restaurant and Bar en route!Read more »
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 »
A friendly, Scillonian family run bed & breakfast with lots of local knowledge. Colossus B&B offers quality accommodation, excellent food and good value for money. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, either cooked or cold using Cornish and local produce from Scillonian Full English to fresh fruit, yogurts and croissants. Colossus is close to beaches, restaurants, pubs, coastal walks and shops and offers FREE broadband WI FI. Also home to Scilly Maid Chocolate.Read more »
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 »
Bell Rock Hotel has been welcoming guests for over 100 years, and we genuinely look forward to your visit. We are proud of our team of caring staff, who will do everything possible to ensure your stay with us is relaxing and enjoyable.
We have 23 Hotel Guest Bedrooms (all en suite) & a 2nd floor Self Catering Flat which is new from the 2015 season, Visit England Graded 4*.Read more »
A small, friendly guesthouse with panoramic sea and Island views just a short stroll from the centre of Hugh Town and its beaches. A great place to unwind with tastefully decorated rooms and hearty breakfasts. See our excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.Read more »
Four star B&B 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 »
Minmow is a spacious, comfortable spilt level ground floor self catering accommodation near the centre of Hugh Town. The property has fantastic views across the road to the green and the harbour. The flats make up two separate properties beside each other in a row of traditional buildings along the Strand in Hugh Town. Allowing easy access to the shops, beaches and quay for inter island boats.Read more »
Minalto is a striking three-storey Victorian town house tastefully converted into four high-quality apartments which have proved so popular that early booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
Apartment 1 sleeps four in one double bedroom and one twin bedroom.Read more »