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 »
Explore our new exhibition of the St Mary’s and St Agnes flower farmers, their history and flower farming at our shed located by St Mary’s Airport.
Visit the home of Scented Narcissi: The Blue Box Flower Company. We send boxes of beautifully Scented Narcissi grown on the flower farms of St Mary’s and St Agnes. Hand-picked and lovingly packed with care in midnight blue boxes. Delivered by courier to you and your friends.Read more »
From every day essentials to gourmet items, we have a wide selection of produce that will satisfy fussy kids as well as the most discerning foodie. We understand the needs of families staying on the island, especially those with small children, and you can be assured that we are well stocked with major food brands, nappies and other baby and infant paraphernalia. We also stock every day essentials for those self-catering, so you don’t need fill your suitcase up with biscuits and breakfast cereal!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 »
Discover the natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly with Will Wagstaff, resident ornithologist and naturalist. Watch the passage of migrant birds; learn about the interesting local history and beautiful flora and fauna as you take a relaxed walk along the Islands' coasts and trails. Will visits each of the inhabited islands weekly, weather and tides permitting.Read more »
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 »
Enjoy a unique Scilly adventure onboard our fabulous Sealegs rib. The boat is truley Amphibious, we can drive in and out of the water - no wet feet !! Embarking and disembarking are very easy as the boat lowers completely down on to the beach. Read more »
Wines for Christmas --- We have a selection of our 2014 vintage available:
Crisp Seyval Blanc to go with your seafood starters
St.Martin's Reserve - a fruity dry white for the main course
Seigerebbe - aromatic and smooth to accompany your desert or as an aperitif
And a dry Rose for something completely different.Read more »
Karma St. Martin’s, the islands' only hotel sits on a stunning site that spans 2.8 hectares and has panoramic coastal views of the South West shore - a romantic location for a picture perfect wedding day. The 4* hotel has three licensed wedding venues, and selection of 30 Deluxe & Ocean View Rooms, Family Suites and a Honeymoon Suite, just moments from the beach. 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 »
- Newly refurbished for 2018
- This one bedroom second floor apartment sleeps two with a choice of super king or twin beds
- Quietly situated on Church Street and five mimutes from beaches and all amenities
- The new kitchen/diner and lounge have a comfortable contemporary feel
- Completely refitted shower room
- Outstanding views of the harbour and off-islands <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 »
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 »
2 Bay View Terrace comprises three distinct and self-contained units: House (ground floor); Flat (first floor); Chalet (at the rear). This double-fronted property enjoys its own spacious front garden with patio area at the front to sit and relax whilst listening to the tide breaking onto the shore (only 30 metres away). Alternatively, there is an elevated garden area at the rear.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 »
Jolly Rock View is in a quiet position by the historic Garrison Walls and has lovely views of the harbour and Peninnis Light House. This 2 bed room ground floor apartment is ideal for walking, visiting the beaches or relaxing. A short stroll takes you down to shops, restaurants and the quay for boat trips to explore other islands and wildlife.Read more »
A spacious and well-appointed ground floor flat, centrally located close to Hugh town and amenities. Very close to Porthcressa Beach. Kirklees offers a double-bedded room, bathroom with shower, a lounge/dining room and fully equipped galley kitchen. Changeover day Wednesday. The flat has a 3 star Gold award.Read more »
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 »
Superb holiday apartments, quite literally on the beach, with fantastic sea, harbour and quay views. Free Wifi available in all flats. Full information and current availability on our website.Read more »