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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
If you're getting married on the Isles of Scilly, then look no further than Scilly Carrs. We're a family-friendly, family-run taxi service, based on St. Mary's and operate 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 all your luggage, as well wheelchairs, buggies and wedding paraphernalia!Read more »
Bryony offers flowing, uplifting yoga sessions; Nick is an experienced swim guide. Both Nick & Bryony are from Scilly and have extensive knowledge of swim spots and trail running routes across the islands, and can advise you on the best way to take an active holiday that will leave you feeling fully immersed in the beauty and nature of the islands.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 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 »
What better way to discover St Mary's than by bike! Bikes for all ages, abilities and sizes. ELECTRIC BIKES NOW AVAILABLE.
- Coming for a day trip? We can deliver to the airport.
- Guided bike tours around St Mary's. Contact us to book or for more information. <Read more »
Coasteering on the Isles of Scilly has arrived! Brought to you by Kernow Coasteering, one of Cornwall’s foremost coasteering providers, Don’t miss your chance to experience the stunning golden granite coastline of Scilly in an epic costal adventure you’ll never forget.Read more »
Scilly's Wildlife is varied and everchanging; from the resident Scilly Shrew and Atlantic Grey Seals to the migratory swallows and puffins. Whatever you're searching for why not join one of our team on a Wildlife excursion or guided walk and discover Scilly's wild side.Read more »
The Isles of Scilly Registration Service is your first port of call for weddings or renewal of vows on the islands. We will take you through the process of planning your special day, including the legal preliminaries, available venues, ceremony words, music and much more. Our friendly and professional team will help ensure that you have a day you will never forget.Read more »
Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the Romano-British brooches and coins from Nornour; the Bryher Sword and Mirror; the Civil War in Scilly; finds from many shipwrecks; model boats; collections of birds, shells and clay pipes; an old Scillonian kitchen and much, much more.Read more »
Demelza is a four star Gold rated garden apartment, situated just a short walk from the centre of Hugh Town, the harbour area & ever popular Porthmellon Beach. The apartment is perfectly equipped for an all year round break, having central heating & private access to a sunny decked area. Read more »
Sunnyside Flats are three selfcatering units located in the centre of St Mary's, one mile from Hugh Town and open from May to October.
This page is for Sunnyside Bottom Flat, the other two flats, Middle Flat & Top Flat have their own separate pages with links to them further down on this page.
Sunnyside Bottom Flat is on the ground floor and it sleeps four, One double with en-suite shower and a twin with an en-suite bathroom. There are pleasant walks in all directions to beaches, coastal footpaths, nature trails and moorland.Read more »
Situated at the North of St Marys, Morgelyn offers a peaceful retreat in comfortable surroundings with stunning views, historical sights and beaches nearby. McFarlands Down is a quiet, unmade road with 20 or so houses surrounded by fields and downland (Halangy Down) leading to Pendrathen, Bants Carn Ancient village and Burial Chambers and Bar Point.Read more »
A delightful holiday home with a wealth of character and part of the oldest group of cottages in the heart of Hugh Town.
Sleeps four in a twin room and a bunk room so ideally suited to couples or young families.Read more »
A fantastic family holiday house situated in half-an-acre of private garden with stunning panoramic views across the clear, turquoise water of Tresco Channel. Furnished to a high standard, the house sleeps up to 8 people and is 120 metres from an uncrowded, white, sandy beach. Close to the island's quays and local boat services, it is perfectly placed for island-hopping round this spectacular archipelago.Read more »
A traditional granite built cottage situated within 50 metres of the white sands of Porthcressa Beach. Only a few minutes walk from the shops and the harbour. A spacious, well equipped and comfortable cottage with full central heating.Read more »
There are nine one-bedroomed Sea Garden cottages, offering self-catering, B&B or half-board accommodation and sleeping 2 (with the option to sleep 1 or 2 children on the downstairs sofa bed). All cottages capture some of the best sea views that the islands have to offer. There is also an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym for guests’ use.Read more »
Why not get your holiday off to a perfect relaxing start by staying in one of our luxury ensuite Shepherd Huts / Lodges at Scilly Parking, near Penzance in West Cornwall. An ideal place to stay before or after your visit to Scilly and to explore the Cornish coastline. Overlooking the beautiful Mount’s Bay & St Michael’s Mount. Dogs are welcome.Read more »
A family-friendly chocolate-box cottage in Hugh Town, which enjoys a secluded private garden and is conveniently located for shops, beaches and the quay.
Sleeps six in one double, one twin and one bunk room.Read more »
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 »