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 »
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 »
We hire sit on top kayaks, stand up paddle boards and mask, snorkel and fins from a beautiful St Agnes beach.
We are located next to Troytown Farm campsite on St Agnes, only a 15 minute walk from the quay. This is the perfect place to do activities for those visiting for the day as well as those staying on the island.Read more »
Bryher Shop is centrally located and open 7 days a week. Free delivery is standard for online orders to your holiday cottage. Our stock includes local produce as well as all your favourite brands. We have an in-store bakery offering fresh bread and cakes. We also have a plentiful delicatessen counter with an amazing range of meats and cheeses.Read more »
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 »
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 »
Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the Romano-British brooches and coins from Nornour; the Bryher Sword and Mirror; the Civil War in Scilly; finds from many shipwrecks; model boats; collections of birds, shells and clay pipes; an old Scillonian kitchen and much, much more.Read more »
The Visitor Centre on Tresco is situated at the entrance to the world famous Abbey Garden. Along with a history room and a wonderful gift shop you will find the bright and welcoming cafe where light lunches and delicious cakes are on offer. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and snacks. There is plenty of indoor seating or enjoy the colourful cafe garden where you can keep an eye out for our beautiful red squirrels.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 »
Coasteering on the Isles of Scilly has arrived! Brought to you by Kernow Coasteering, one of Cornwall’s foremost coasteering providers, Don’t miss your chance to experience the stunning golden granite coastline of Scilly in an epic costal adventure you’ll never forget.Read more »
Secluded cottage which sleeps 4, with private patio garden, on a working flower farm, and close to nature trails and coastal footpaths, in the beautiful south of St Mary's. We have tried to retain the traditional character, if possible exposing original granite walls and open beams. We hope you will be comfortable and enjoy spending time at 'Lunnon'. 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 »
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 »
Located in an elevated position with enviable panoramic sea views Seascape is an ideal get away for up to 4 guests. Its quiet location, just below the Garrison wall, is only a few minutes walk from the quay and all the amenities of Hugh Town. The terraced garden offers the opportunity to enjoy the views with an alfresco drink.
Seascape has received Visit England's Gold Award for "exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service".Read more »
A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Nancherrow. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac off Church Road and only a five minute walk to the centre of Hugh Town, Nancherrow is a small “Scillonian family” run bed & breakfast where we aim to provide a comfortable and memorable stay, in friendly and informal surroundings, where guests are able to come and go as they please.
'Serica' is a comfortable, well-equipped 'bijou' apartment within our large, cream 1930s property, surrounded by nearly half an acre of private gardens, including a sunny patio with barbecue and a shaded ‘Library’ patio (so named because guests enjoy reading there!). Porthloo beach is only fifty yards from our gate and offers stunning views of the famous Scillonian sunsets.
New for 2018 - catering for up to 12 guests in six bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, this large modern property has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, and offers tastefully presented accommodation to a high standard.
Perfectly located on the edge of Hugh Town just a short level walk from beaches, the harbour, shops & restaurants. A large open plan kitchen / dining room opens onto a sunny, south-facing patio and garden.Read more »
A bright and airy ground floor flat, well located just a short level walk from beaches, the harbour and amenities of Hugh Town. A great base for a perfect Scilly holiday.
Comprehensively upgraded for the 2017 season, the accommodation sleeps 4 in a kingsize and a super kingsize/twin room with en-suite facilities. There is a further bathroom and fully fitted kitchen with washer/dryer and dish washer. Wi-Fi included.
Trefoil would ideally suit 2 couples sharing or familes (children over 5 are welcome).
Newly available and fully refurbished, Starboard Light Cottage, located just in front of Tregarthen's Hotel, has a stunning setting in the heart of Hugh Town on St Mary’s, just yards from the quay, where you can catch a boat to explore the off islands. This newly refurbished 3 bedroom cottage, sleeps up to 5 guests. Starboard Light and Port Light Cottages have an inter-connecting door that can be opened up to create one larger cottage with 5 bedrooms, sleeping up to 9 adults.Read more »