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 »
We are a small working farm situated in the centre of Bryher. In spring and summer we grow and sell vegetables, salad crops, strawberries, cut flowers, free range eggs, home bred pork and beef from our roadside stall outside the farmhouse.Read more »
A spacious flat sitting in an elevated position and offering splendid sea views from the bedrooms and the garden.
Conveniently located for both Hugh Town and Old Town, Lower Ganilly sleeps four in one double and one twin room.Read more »
Bounty Ledge is a first floor maisonette with sea views which overlooks St Mary’s harbour out towards Tresco, Bryher and Samson. It is centrally located in Hugh Town, just 20 metres from Town beach, and one minute from the shops. There are 3 bedrooms, providing family accommodation for up to 6 persons. It is also very popular with couples who appreciate the spaciousness.Read more »
Lovely spacious ground floor studio apartment in a quiet yet convenient location. Beaches, shops and quay a short walk away. Comfortably furnished and newly re-decorated. King size bed. Galley kitchen area. Full-size bath with shower over. Shared courtyard garden.Read more »
Two units set in 2 acres of their own grounds with lovely gardens, minutes walk from Watermill Cove . Peacehaven nestles on the quiet north east of the island. Both lounges have fantastic countryside views. Ideal for couples & families looking for a quiet relaxing break. Free wifi broardband avaliable in both units.
Please contact us directly for further information and bookings.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 »
- Newly refurbished for 2018
- This one bedroom second floor apartment sleeps two with a choice of super king or twin beds
- Quietly situated on Church Street and five mimutes from beaches and all amenities
- The new kitchen/diner and lounge have a comfortable contemporary feel
- Completely refitted shower room
- Outstanding views of the harbour and off-islands <Read more »
You will receive a warm welcome at The Old Chapel.
Our award winning home cooked breakfast menu, made from locally sourced produce, will set you up for the day as you enjoy the beautiful sights the islands have to offer.
Two spacious double rooms with wrought iron beds and high quality linens and well appointed bathrooms.
We provide a comfortable and relaxing space for you to rest and recharge your batteries after a long day exploring.
We can also offer trip advice or make restaurant bookings to help you make the most of your visit to the islands