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 »

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 »

Firethorn, Tresco Boat Services

Tresco Boat Services

Tresco All year

Tresco Boat Services, serving Tresco, Bryher and St Martin's, offer all the waterborne services you need to get the most from your visit to the Isles of Scilly.Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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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 »

TroyTown Maze ~ St Agnes  © BareFoot Photographer

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 »

The Beautiful setting of Holy Vale vineyard

Holy Vale Vineyard & Winery

St. Mary's All year

Situated in the tranquil and beautiful Holy Vale on the Nature Trail at the heart of St. Mary’s, the Vineyard and Winery is a must visit location during your stay on St Mary’s. 

Open on weekdays 12.00 – 16.30 and by appointment only on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays for; wine tastings at £17.50 per person, ‘The story of Wine Exhibition’, Cellar Door Shop and refreshments, including Robert's Wine and Lobster Lunch at £24.50 per person.Read more »

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4 Bay View Terrace

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £650 - £1,700 per week

A beautiful coastal cottage with sea views and a garden, tucked away in a quiet location with footpath access to Porthmellon beach, just an 8 minute stroll to the high street.

Fully renovated and newly available as holiday accommodation, the style of the property is rustic coastal - featuring high ceilings, original exposed wooden beams, granite walls and reclaimed floorboards.Read more »

Parkside

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £645 - £1,045 per week

A Grade-II listed traditional Scillonian cottage, tastefully refurbished yet retaining many origianl features. Centrally situated within Hugh Town, Parside forms part of one of the prettiest terrcaces, having a sunny southfacing aspect overlooking the Park, with the benefit of a private courtyard garden.

The accommodation comprises lounge, dinning room, kitchen, shower room and one double and one twin bedroom. There is a small patio to the front and enclosed rear courtyard with utility room.Read more »

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 »

6 Myrtle Cottages

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Jan-Dec | £500 - £1,050 per week

Fully equipped, spacious house with a real home from home feeling. Three bedrooms, double (sea views), large twin and small twin all with fitted wardrobes. Quiet area but perfectly placed for beaches, Quay and amenities.Read more »

6 Lower Strand

6 Lower Strand

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £400 - £1,000 per week

A family home lovingly renovated to make a comfortable, smart house in a beautiful location for relaxing holidays. 6 Lower Strand is only minutes away from two sandy beaches and overlooks St Mary’s harbour. It is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and pubs of Hugh Town as well as the quay for boats to the other islands.Read more »

Longstone Cafe Twin Ensuite

Longstone Lodge

Glamping, lodges & hostels
St. Mary's 9 Rooms | All year | £24 - £30 pppn

New for May offering year round hostel accommodation on St. Mary’s.  Affordable singles, twins, family four, five, and a six bed dorm. Sleeps a total of 25 adults with optional extra children’s beds. Most rooms ensuite. Communal kitchen/lounge/diner. Laundry/drying room. Whole hostel bookings available. Read more »

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The Flat at Troytown Farm

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Self Catering
St. Agnes Sleeps 2 | All year | £385 - £650 per week

The Flat sleeps 2 in one double room, with lovely views across the ocean.Read more »

3 Porth Cressa View

3 Porth Cressa View

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £500 - £1,400 per week

Just yards from PorthCressa beach, located conveniently for shops, restaurants and pubs this newly refurbished self-catering accommodation sleeps up to six for groups or families in 3 bedrooms, a double, twin and adult bunk bedroom. Full details and a Youtube tour available on our website (link below) but please do enquire if you want to know more.Read more »

Glenmoor

Glenmoor Apartment

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £595 - £995 per week

Opened in the summer of 2013 our brand new luxury apartment is ideally situated a ten-minute walk to St Mary's Harbour, Hugh Town and the picturesque Old Town bay.   We have created a home from home, relaxing environment for your comfort and enjoyment.Read more »

Shared mixed dorm with privacy curtains,with built in USB charging points and LED lights

Lands End Hostel and B&B

5 star self catering
Cornwall Stopovers
Dog friendly
UK Mainland 4 Rooms | All year | £30 - £30 pppn

Small independent hostel sleeping up to 14 guests over 4 rooms. Private rooms avaialble on request. Stable door leading to a Private Courtyard and Summer House facing west where you can sit with a glass of wine enjoying the evening sun. Located in the very quiet Hamlet of Trevescan, 1/2 mile from Land's End and 3.5 miles from Land's End Airport. Bike and surfboard storage available.Read more »