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 »
Situated on the out-skirts of Town, overlooking the Chaplaincy garden, 2 Rosevean offers a comfortable home from home holiday. Sleeping up to 4 in a 2 bedroom first floor modern flat. Conveniently positioned for all amenities. A perfect base to relax and enjoy all that Scilly has to offer.Read more »
‘Tean’ is a spacious garden flat at Mount Flagon which sleeps 2 and is graded Four Star Gold by Visit Britain. It is equipped to the highest standard to ensure that it becomes “your home from home”. Mount Flagon has an extensive garden for you to enjoy.Read more »
A well-presented apartment at the hub of island activities and offering stunning views of St Mary’s harbour and the islands beyond.
One double and one twin bedroom make Far Horizon perfect for families or friends sharing.Read more »
A traditional granite built cottage situated within 50 metres of the white sands of Porthcressa Beach. Only a few minutes walk from the shops and the harbour. A spacious, well equipped and comfortable cottage with full central heating.Read more »
Demelza is a four star Gold rated garden apartment, situated just a short walk from the centre of Hugh Town, the harbour area & ever popular Porthmellon Beach. The apartment is perfectly equipped for an all year round break, having central heating & private access to a sunny decked area. Read more »
A well-appointed holiday home that is ideally located for shops, beaches and the quay.
Church Hall Cottage sleeps five in three bedrooms - one double, one twin and one single - and offers a secluded courtyard for outdoor dining.Read more »
‘Fisherman’s Arms’ is a comfortable one bedroom (twin beds) apartment on the first floor of Smugglers Ride, a granite house on Town Beach built over a hundred years ago. There is direct access to the beach and uninterrupted views across the harbour to Tresco and the Eastern Isles from both sitting room and bedroom.Read more »
This Grade II Georgian House has been sympathetically converted in to four apartments, each for two people. Albany House is situated opposite the museum in the heart of Hugh Town. It is a short level walk to the Tourist Information Centre, restaurants, shops, beaches and Quay and a one minute walk from Town Beach and Porthcressa Beach. All linen and towels are provided.Read more »