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 »
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 »
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 <Read more »
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 »
The Phoenix Craft Studios are open all year, so even when you can't visit in person, we can still send our individually hand crafted items across to you at home. If you want a gift for someone special for a birthday or anniversary, why not browse the websites of the various artists below and ring the studio for a chat about your requirements on 01720 422962. We can take card payments by phone and send goods out by first class post.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 »
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 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 »
Strand House is a luxury standard, seafront holiday cottage, offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people in six bedrooms.
Close to the centre of Hugh Town with all its amenities, this 200 year old listed building features a walled and decked patio with private access to Town Beach.Read more »
Waverley is situated on Church Road, just ten minutes from all the amenities of Hugh Town and the Quay. It has three bedrooms (one with an en suite shower room), a separate bathroom with bath and shower, a kitchen with dining area and a separate lounge with comfortable sofas and large television.
Waverley is set in a large garden with areas to the front and rear of the property. There are tables and chairs for guests to use.Read more »
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 »
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 »
Sunnyside Flats are three selfcatering units located in the centre of St Mary's, one mile from Hugh Town.
Sunnyside Middle Flat sleeps four persons a double and a twin bedroom, it's open from May to October. The Middle Flat has large windows with countryside views in all directions, to the south is St Mary's Airport and Old Town with the sea beyond. There are pleasant walks in all directions to beaches, coastal footpaths, nature trails and moorland.Read more »
10 The Strand, is a 200 year old fisherman’s cottage, situated on the seafront with spectacular, uninterrupted views across St. Mary’s harbour to the lovely neighbouring islands of Samson, Bryher, and Tresco. An ideal spot for boarding boats to explore the Islands, or staying local, dipping toes and beachcombing. A delightful Scillonian holiday to share with family and friends.Read more »
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 »