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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Entrance

Westwinds Car Park, Land's End

UK Mainland All year

Located Next to lands end airport

2 mins walk from the main terminal

Easy access from the B3306 and the A30.

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Scilly parking

Scilly Parking

UK Mainland Mar-Nov

For Scillonian passengers avoiding long walks with your luggage. We take you to the quay and meet you on your return. We also take dogs.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 »

Parking for the Scillonian ferry

Scilly Parking

UK Mainland Mar-Nov

Make your daytrip easier, book your car in with Scilly Parking and have peace of mind. Scilly Parking take care of everything and provide secure car parking and a free park and ride service to Penzance Quay. 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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Prepco Island Vacations and Tours LLC

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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 »

Island Helicopters

Island Helicopters

St. Mary's All year

The new Isles of Scilly helicopter service started in May 2018 and will operate year-round, with up to 8 flights a day, six days a week.Read more »

Come2Scilly

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

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The Powercat 525 - Perfect for exploring Scilly's beaches.

Isles of Scilly Boat Hire

Bryher All year

The Isles of Scilly Boat Hire Company offers daily hire through to long-term timeshare in their range of boats. From the 16' Orkney motorboat fitted with an electric start and tilt 25hp engine, through to the award winning Powercat 525 catamarans fitted with twin 40 hp electric start and tilt engines, colour GPS chart plotters and VHF radios to the fabulous top of the range 200hp Sealegs Amphibious Rib. The choice is yours and all are available regardless of which island you are staying on. We deliver the boat to you. Please visit our website for full details.Read more »

Tresco Bike Hire Bike Rack

Tresco Bike Hire

Tresco All year

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 »

Spirit of St Agnes

St Agnes Boating

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St. Agnes All year

St Agnes Boating is a small family owned business that has over twenty years experience boating within the islands using Scilly's only purpose built catamaran the Spirit of St Agnes. For a more intimate bespoke service the Enterprise is available for special hire, fishing and sightseeing trips. Call us or go online to discuss your requirements.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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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 www.tamariskscilly.co.uk or visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.Read more »

Our cart range

The Scilly Cart Co

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

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 »

Cut Loose hair salon

St. Mary's All year

Cut Loose hair salon has been established for eight years and consists of three well experienced hair stylists. We cover all ladies and gents hairdressing including bridal work.Read more »

Scilly Cart Co

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 »

Richard Larn Walking Tours

St. Mary's All year

Walking Tours on the Isles of ScillyRead more »

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Ratbags Canvas Shop

St. Mary's All year

Rat Island Sailboat Co.  Rat Bags Canvas shop

Hand made cotton canvas bags, clothing & acessories, Visit our workshop here in the Isles of Scilly & watch as we make your bag.

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Hand painted slate with agapanthus design

Phoenix Craft Workshops

St. Mary's All year

A co-operative of seven local artist and craftspeople working on the little Business Park at Porthmellon. Work includes printmaking, stained & fused glass, jewellery and fabric painting and printing. There is a gallery of work by more local artists upstairs. Classes for children & adults are also available. (see activities page for more details) We are able to take payment by card.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 »

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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 »

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Beach Moorings, Dining with a view

Beach Moorings

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £505 - £715 per week

Beach Moorings has proved to be one of our most popular holiday homes over the years.

As its name suggests, this ground floor flat is situated right on the beach and sleeps two in a double arrangement.

Two further guests can be accommodated on a sofa bed in the lounge.Read more »

Johanna Lucretia sailing in Falmouth, Cornwall

VentureSail Limited

Glamping, lodges & hostels
Bryher Sleeps 8 | Aug-Sep | £850 - £850 per week

VentureSail Holidays offers sailing holidays on board classic ships including historic tall ships and more modern day research yachts. Sail to the Isles of Scilly in style on board our tall ship Johanna Lucretia, take the helm, haul the sails or lie back and soak up the views.

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Shearwater House

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 10 | All year | £1,000 - £2,600 per week

A large Grade-II Listed town centre home, perfectly located as a holiday rental property, overlooking the park and within a short walk of beaches, the quay and town centre facilities. This substantial house offers all en-suite accommodation for 10 guests in five double bedrooms, together with large lounge, dining room, kitchen and sunny south-facing courtyard garden. Ideal for large families, groups or clubs, and having the benefit of a ground floor bedroom.Read more »

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Late availability
The Bylet Guest House Garden

The Bylet Guest House

Visit England Three Star Bed & Breakfast VE Breakfast award
Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 6 Rooms | Apr-Nov | £36 - £43 pppn

Looking for accommodation on St Mary's?

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at the Bylet. We are a family run guest house offering comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation close to all amenities.Read more »

Flat 1, The WatchHouse

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £550 - £1,200 per week

The WatchHouse is situated right on the town Beach with fantastic views of the Harbour and beyond. It has easy access to the beach, shops and restaurants of Hugh Town. Flat 1 has 3 double bathrooms, spacious bathroom and fully equipped kitchen.Read more »

2 Bay View Flat

2 Bay View Terrace Flat

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Nov | £630 - £880 per week

2 Bay View Terrace comprises three distinct and self-contained units: House (ground floor); Flat (first floor); Chalet (at the rear). This double-fronted property enjoys its own spacious front garden with patio area at the front to sit and relax whilst listening to the tide breaking onto the shore (only 30 metres away). Alternatively, there is an elevated garden area at the rear.Read more »

Chy Carn front view

Chy Carn

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 10 | All year | £1,750 - £2,850 per week

Beautifully presented five bedroom house with spectacular views, in a perfect location with a large garden. Monday changeover. Minutes from beaches, town, quay and coast walks.

Large, open-plan kitchen/dining room/lounge, ideal for socialising, with a further separate lounge on the first floor. Ideally suited for extended familiy gatherings or two families sharing.

Chy Carn sleeps up to 10 in a combination of king size, zip & link and twin rooms all either ensuite or with a dedicated shower/bath room. It also benefits from a ground floor bedroom.Read more »

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Late availability
Cottage

Connemara Farm Cottage

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Martin's Sleeps 5 | Mar-Oct | £515 - £715 per week

Connemara Cottage overlooking the Eastern Isles

 

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Super-king/twin bedroom

Rosmarinus

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £600 - £1,050 per week

Rosmarinus is a completely refurbished three-bedroom flat, an annex to Mincarlo Guest House. Situated at the side of the house, the flat has access to the front terrace with fantastic views across St Mary's harbour and out to sea.
Breakfasts and evening meals available from the guesthouse.Read more »

View from The Crow's Nest, Smugglers Ride

The Crow's Nest, Smuggler's Ride

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £240 - £490 per week

The Crow's Nest is a self-catering apartment in Spanish Ledge, one of the oldest and most striking buildings in Hugh Town. Situated just off the main street in the heart of Hugh Town and adjoining the Town Hall, Spanish Ledge is within easy reach of all local shops, pubs and restaurants while the quay is only a five minute walk away for all your boating requirements.Read more »