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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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 »

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 Boarding

Tresco Inclusive Travel

Tresco All year

Skybus fly all year round to St Mary’s from Land’s End and Newquay, and from Exeter between March and November. If you are staying on Tresco, we recommend that you book your journey through the Island Office as our fares include all island transfers.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 »



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 »

Westwinds parking area

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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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 »


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The Personal Touch of Self Catering Holidays on the Isles of ScillyRead more »

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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 »

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

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 »

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 »

Firethorn, Tresco Boat Services

Tresco Boat Services

Tresco All year

Tresco Boat Services, serving Tresco, Bryher and St Martin's, offer all the waterborne services you need to get the most from your visit to the Isles of Scilly.Read more »

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The Sandpiper

St. Mary's All year

The Sandpiper shop is based in Hugh Town and sells a large range of clothing and shoes for men & women.Read more »

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 »

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 »


Scilly Walks

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

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 »

Selection of Scilly Maid Chocolate in a postal box

Scilly Maid Chocolate

St. Mary's All year

A special Souvenier: Scilly Maid Chocolate – More Cocoa, Less Sugar - High Quality Belgian and Single Origin Chocolate, tempered, moulded, flavoured and packed on St Mary’s with care and attention.  Some using locally foraged products such as Island Gorse Flower, Sea Greens, Wild Carrot Seed and the Island Sea Salt. Perfect for gifts, as souvenirs, wedding favours or a treat to yourself.  Look out for seasonal gift packs. Postal to UK is available. Payment can be made by credit or debit card call 01720 423361Read more »

Pretty reef

St Martin's Dive School

St. Martin's May-Sep

Scilly is renowned for its clear water and abundant marine life and we can provide diving opportunities for those with a diving qualification and their equipment.  We can provide cylinders and weights. Read more »

Tools used in jewellery classes.

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

The Phoenix Craft studios and workshops comprise seven individual craftspeople, many of whom will teach their skills to visitors. visitors can paint glass roundels, ceramic mugs and plates or fabric bags and tee-shirts. Beaded jewellery and silk scarf painting classes are open to all age groups too. Adults (over 14 years) also have the option of doing a three hour class in Tiffany glass, learning to to cut, copper-foil and solder coloured glass into a light-catcher to take home. Prices from £9.50 to £30. During Art Scilly Week in May each year, many more classes are laid on.Read more »

Atlantic grey seal

Scilly Seal Snorkelling

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St. Martin's Mar-Sep

Come to St Martin's for a fabulous, award winning, wildlife experience. Snorkel with the seals and get close to these elegant creatures in their natural environment.  All the equipment you will need is supplied and you don't require any previous experience.  Read more »


Bryher Apr-Dec

Chandlers Gift Shop, located at Bryher Boatyard, selling gift items, fishing supplies, pirate treasure and all things nautical. Read more »

Yoga Scilly

Adventure Scilly

St. Mary's All year

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 »

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Gunner Rock lounge

Gunner Rock

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Apr-Oct | £495 - £995 per week

Spacious three bedroomed accommodation. The flat is furnished to a high standard and set in its own garden. 100 yards from Porthmellon Beach and convenient for town and harbour.Read more »

95 Watermill

95 Watermill

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £650 - £800 per week

New this year, 95 Watermill is a luxury, hand built shepherd hut providing a magical, romantic hideaway. Nestled in its own secluded garden,  near some of the most breathtaking beaches on the islands, 95 Watermill offers total luxury with minimal impact on its special environment taking glamping to another level.Read more »

Belladonna, Lounge


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 »

12 Silver Street kitchen

12 Silver Street

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £682 - £1,450 per week

Here at Porthcressa Properties we have everything you need to make your stay with us as relaxing and enjoyable as possible; from comfortable beds, DVD player, iPod dock to a well-equipped kitchen, every need is catered for.

The open-plan layout downstairs provides a spacious and airy living area, then step outside the front door, cross the road and you’ll find yourself on beautiful Porthcressa Beach, perfect! Read more »

View of Annet Cottage from the beach

Annet Cottage

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Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 3 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £33 - £47 pppn

A granite built cottage, Annet overlooks the sea at Porthloo about 15 minutes pleasant walk along the coast path to Hugh Town. Enjoy spectacular sunsets. A long established, highly regarded, friendly and traditional Bed and Breakfast renowned for our hospitality and fine breakfasts. All rooms en suite or private facilities. The perfect setting for your perfect holiday or short break.Read more »

The Cabin - The Bank, Exterior

The Cabin - The Bank

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Oct | £495 - £1,070 per week

A picturesque Scillonian cottage that oozes character, The Cabin was one of the first cottages built in Hugh Town and is ideally located with almost all island amenities on the doorstep.

Sleeps four in one double and one twin room.Read more »

Revenue Cutter, 9 Harbour Lights

Revenue Cutter, No 9 Harbour Lights

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £300 - £840 per week

South facing views, centrally located in Hugh Town, this property has a large open plan lounge/diner and kitchen with one double and one bunkroom.

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Sunnyside Middle Flat

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | May-Oct | £390 - £660 per week

Sunnyside Middle Flat sleeps four persons, open from May to October. Located in the centre of St Mary's, one mile from Hugh Town. Pleasant walks in all directions to beaches, coastal footpaths, nature trails and moorland.Read more »

3 Porth Cressa View

3 Porth Cressa View

Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £500 - £1,400 per week

Just yards from PorthCressa beach, located conveniently for shops, restaurants and pubs this newly refurbished self-catering accommodation sleeps up to six for groups or families in 3 bedrooms, a double, twin and adult bunk bedroom. Full details and a Youtube tour available on our website (link below) but please do enquire if you want to know more.Read more »

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Holy Vale Farmhouse

Holy Vale Farmhouse

5 star self catering Gold award sticker
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 8 | All year | £870 - £1,995 per week

A beautifully presented former farmhouse located in a picturesque rural position overlooking vineyards. Ideal for larger families or groups with spacious open plan accommodation equipped to the highest standards.  The private garden and patio are perfect for al fresco dining.

Free use of a four seater road legal golf buggy is an added bonus.Read more »

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Late availability