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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 tour around St Mary's Thursday1st June - Contact us to book or for more infomation <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 »
Serving the islands' newspaper, magazine and periodical requirements since 1904. Confectioner, stationer, tobacconist and bookseller - including Scilly's longest running publication "The Scillonian". Scilly's only National Lottery outlet. The Paper Shop receives the daily papers around 11am, and also stocks popular magazines and games and goodies for children.Read more »
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 »
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 »
Mincarlo is the perfect location for an activity or special interest holiday on Scilly, whether you want to join an established group holiday or to bring your own group. Comfortable accommodation for 18 guests. Also suitable for large family groups celebrating weddings, birthdays or special anniversaries. 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 »
A family business established in 2000, offering a wide range of homes & businesses for sale, and quality holiday cottage rentals sleeping from 2 to 12 people. Our team of property sales specialists are on hand to answer any queries you may have and help you find the perfect island home, here on the Isles of Scilly...So, if you are looking for a permanent move, or just a week’s holiday, why not call Sibleys?
Lovely self catering holiday beach apartment with stunning uninterrupted harbour, quay and sea views.
This attractively presented, bright and cheerful apartment has two twin bedrooms and sleeps four. The sand of the harbour beach is literally beneath the windows and provides wonderful outdoor space for drinks, picnics and barbeques. In an ideal quiet but central location, the supermarket, banks and shops are within a two minute walk. The quay is a five to ten minute stroll. Wi-fi, linen, towels and utilities are included. See our full website at www.scillydays.co.uk.Read more »
1st floor apartment in a quiet location next to the Garrison Walls. Lovely sea views from every room! 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms: 1 x double en-suite bedroom , 1 x king size/twin bedroom. Shower room, living room/diner and kitchen. Only a few minutes walk to the quay, beaches, shops, pubs and restaurants.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 »
The Barn provides a quiet romantic retreat in the heart of Carn Friars, surrounded by newly planted orchards on our Scillonian cider farm. Renovated in 2017 this cosy one bedroom Barn seamlessly blends old with new featuring a modern kitchen and bathroom and a living space showcasing original stonework with under floor heating and a log burner for those cooler nights.Read more »
Conveniently located on the outskirts of Hugh Town, 4 Rosevean House is a modern, well maintained 2 bedroomed property, tastefully decorated and furnished throughout. The private, south-facing, courtyard garden is ideal for relaxing or dining.Read more »
Hell Bay, is an award winning hotel on the beautiful island of Bryher. Set in a picturesque cove facing the Atlantic Ocean, Hell Bay offers a friendly and private oasis to relax and spend quality time together and to enjoy the wild, natural delights of Bryher and the other islands of Scilly.Read more »
Little Avalon commands one if the best locations on St. Mary's. From the lounge window there is a panorama stretching in a wide arc to include the Garrison and harbour as well as the off islands. The lounge and private garden overlook a secluded sandy beach locally known as Shark's Pit. Little Avalon is about 1km from the centre of Hugh Town along a delightful sea shore path.Read more »
New for 2018! Peninnis Farm Lodges offer self-catering holidays in custom designed lodges that are fully furnished with excellent kitchens, comfortable bedrooms and shower rooms with all mod cons. Whether it’s a romantic retreat or a family adventure – we have an excellent farm holiday experience to offer! Dogs are accepted by prior arrangement. 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 »