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 »
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 are coming to the islands to get married, or if you are resident on the islands, Toots Taxi is available for hire for your special day. Give us a call, or send us an email, to let us know your requirements and we will do our utmost to accommodate your wishes.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 »
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 »
We are a specialist tour operator, concentrating solely on conducted tours of the Island.
Why not enjoy a leisurely ride around St Mary's with an intelligent and highly motivated driver/guide???
Each tour consists of a light hearted but informative commentary, with stops at selected viewpoints for photos.
This stylish studio flat is presented to an immaculate standard throughout. Ideally positioned in a sought after location with all the facilities of Hugh Town within easy walking distance.
Sleeps two in a double arrangement.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 »
VentureSail Holidays offers sailing holidays on board classic ships including historic tall ships and more modern day research yachts. Sail to the Isles of Scilly in style on board our tall ship Johanna Lucretia, take the helm, haul the sails or lie back and soak up the views.
Set in an elevated position, Avoca An Tigeen is a spacious ground floor apartment is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The accommodation comprises of a large living area that adjoins a galley kitchen which is equipped with all that is needed to enjoy a restful break. The double bedroom is furnished with zip and link beds that allow easy conversion to a twin room.Read more »
Four star self catering cottages set in an acre of award winning gardens above Pelistry Bay on St Marys. With solar heated swimming pool, sauna, games room and croquet lawn. Carnwethers provides comfortable contemporary accommodation for the perfect Island holiday. Read more »
Blue Wren is a detached and private modern self catering studio suite situated in a beautiful part of St Mary's within short walking distances of woods, white sandy beaches, golf course and archaeological sites. It is ideal for a relaxing, peaceful holiday, with transport links on the doorstep.Read more »
Attractive granite house by the bay in Old Town yet only a 15 minute stroll into Hugh Town.
Perfect location for a relaxing family holiday.
A secluded patio garden overlooks the beach, ideal for alfresco dining.
Master bedroom with seaviews.Read more »
The Fo'c'sle and The Crow's Nest are two stunning four star gold award apartments. They are situated in a unique position right on the eastern edge of Bryher, with spectacular sea views from every window overlooking Tresco Channel.
A spacious beautifully appointed self-catering property in the heart of Hugh Town on St Mary’s sleeping 8 people.
The main house comprises of one super king double bedroom, twin bedroom and a third room with bunk beds. The annex offers a double bed with en-suite shower/toilet with kitchen and seating area. Read more »
A beautifully appointed and ideally situated holiday home for families or friends to share. Porthcressa Beach and the main street in Hugh Town are less than a one-minute walk away.
Sleeps six in one double, one twin and one bunk room.Read more »