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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
Scilly Flowers based at Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s is Scilly’s postal flower service. We send gift boxes of scented flowers to any UK address all year round. In the winter we grow and send Scented Narcissi and in the summer, Scented Pinks. If you are on St Martin’s, pop into the farm and see what we do.Read more »
St Agnes Boating is working with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to promote the island’s wildlife. Every Wednesday we have a Wildlife Trust Ranger onboard who is our guide. The Spirit travels to Annet, the protected island where the seabirds nest and then onto the Western Rocks towards the Bishop Rock Lighthouse. Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and other nesting seabirds should be seen from April to July. Come along to find out why our customers say this trip is exciting, educational, informative and fun!
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 »
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 »
FRESHLY PAINTED AND REFURBISHED, NEW TO THE MARKET APRIL 2017
Located just 60 paces from Porthcressa Beach, this 3 bedroom flat is ideally located close to the quay, shops, cafes and amenities. South-facing courtyard with outdoor seating.Read more »
A large Grade-II Listed town centre home, perfectly located as a holiday rental property, overlooking the park and within a short walk of beaches, the quay and town centre facilities. This substantial house offers all en-suite accommodation for 10 guests in five double bedrooms, together with large lounge, dining room, kitchen and sunny south-facing courtyard garden. Ideal for large families, groups or clubs, and having the benefit of a ground floor bedroom.Read more »
A Grade II listed family residence, sympathetically converted in 2013 into five stunning apartments, four of which have magnificent sea views over the harbour and off-islands. Locally owned and managed, Lyonnesse offers a high standard of contemporary self-catering accommodation in an enviable location, convenient for the town, quay and beaches. Full details and on-line availability can be found on our website.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 »
Haycocks is a family-owned 3-bedroomed house with wonderful views from the lounge and balcony towards the harbour, beach and headland. Although set in a quiet road it is only a few minutes' walk to the quay, shops, restaurants and cafes. We use Haycocks ourselves and view it as our ‘other home’ so it is furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Changeover day is usually a Thursday though other days can be accommodated in low season.Read more »
Very comfortable, quiet and spacious ground floor flat. Central location, just a short stroll to Hugh Town, the Quay, Town Beach and Porthcressa Beach. Sleeps two and is fully re-furnished and decorated to a high standard. Twin bedroom includes plenty of storage. There is also a shower room/toilet, large kitchen/diner and a light, spacious lounge with sofa bed.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 »
Set in an elevated position, Avoca Hoopers 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 »