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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The view from the decked area

The View, Harbour Gaze

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £450 - £800 per week

The View, Harbour Gaze, is a detached and very private studio suite with separate bedroom that can be either a twin or super double.

This sensitively developed and well equipped, self contained studio suite has homely charm and the most stunning views across Hugh Town, St. Mary's Harbour and Roads to the off-islands. Read more »

10 The Strand

10 The Strand

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

10 The Strand, is a 200 year old fisherman’s cottage, situated on the seafront with spectacular, uninterrupted views across St. Mary’s harbour to the lovely neighbouring islands of Samson, Bryher, and Tresco. An ideal spot for boarding boats to explore the Islands, or staying local, dipping toes and beachcombing. A delightful Scillonian holiday to share with family and friends.Read more »

The New Inn, Tresco Island

The New Inn

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Tresco 16 Rooms | All year | £60 - £160 pppn

The New Inn is at the centre of social life on Tresco, being the only and quite definitely the best pub on the island!  Rooms are comfortably furnished, many with sea views.  With the total refurbishment of the Residents Lounge in March 2014, guests can now relax in a light, cosy atmosphere or take a dip in the heated outdoor seasonal pool.  Read more »

The Mizzen, Flat 14 Harbour Lights

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 3 | All year | £400 - £730 per week

Excellent location. Direct access to Town Beach. Local Restaurants minutes away.

One twin room, one single. Free Wifi.

Linen and Towels provided. Laundry facilities available.

Comfortable lounge diner.Read more »

Late availability
The Cabin, Lounge

The Cabin - Pentland House

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Oct | £295 - £515 per week

A compact and cleverly designed ground floor bijou residence in the heart of Hugh Town, perfectly placed for the quay and all local amenities.

Sleeps two in bunk beds and also ideal for the lone traveller and their dog.Read more »

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 »

Open plan living area at Godolphin House

6 Godolphin House

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 3 | All year | £375 - £695 per week

Godolphin House is a modern block of nine self-contained flats, a short walk to the shops of Hugh Town and close to three sandy beaches. 6 Godolphin House is a Three-Star, Gold Award property on the second floor and overlooks the Chaplaincy Gardens. It has been completely renovated, attractively furnished and is well equipped to provide a high standard of accommodation.  Two double bedrooms. Saturday changeover. Read more »

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Belladonna, Lounge

Belladonna

Visit England Two Star Self Catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £465 - £1,005 per week

Belladonna is a well-appointed second floor flat situated in a quiet location close to the heart of Hugh Town.

Sleeping up to six guests in one double, one twin and one bunk room, it is a popular choice for families and equally suited to friends sharing.Read more »

View from the sea

Mincarlo

Visit England Three Star Bed & Breakfast VE Breakfast award
Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 11 Rooms | All year | £41.50 - £59 pppn

Mincarlo is set in a fantastic location in a quiet corner of the bay, with magnificent views across the harbour and out to sea. Light, airy rooms; relaxed, laid-back feel and direct access down to the beach from the front terrace garden. Great breakfasts with locally sourced ingredients; environmentally friendly business. We now also offer evening meals.

Availability & bookings at www.mincarlo.info

New for 2018 - the Summer Suite - two bedroom B&B suite with private bathroom and lounge area. July & August only.Read more »

The island of St Martin's

Middletown Stable

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Martin's Sleeps 4 | All year | £300 - £750 per week

Middletown is the ideal base for your holiday on the island. It is only a few minutes walk from two of the best beaches in all the islands, renowned for their white sand and crystal clear water. If basking in the sun is what you're after it's the perfect spot. Read more »