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 »
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 »
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 »
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 every Wednesday afternoon. 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!
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 permittingRead 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 »
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 »
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 »
Excellent location. Direct access to Town Beach. Local Restaurants minutes away.
One twin room, one single. Free Wifi.
Linen and Towels provided. Laundry facilities available.
Comfortable lounge diner.Read more »
Attractive granite cottage with enviable location and stunning views across Porthcressa Bay. South facing patio just perfect for dinner with a view. Ideal for families or couples sharing for a relaxing Scilly holiday. Very close to all the towns amenities.Read more »
Four star self catering cottages set in an acre of award winning gardens above Pelistry Bay on St Marys. With solar heated swimming pool, sauna, games room and croquet lawn. Carnwethers provides comfortable contemporary accommodation for the perfect island holiday. Read more »
Hiring a Readi–Tent is the ideal choice for a stress free camping holiday. Our ready erected family tents are fully equipped with all the equipment you need for up to 4 people. Your Scilly experience starts the moment you arrive, un-zip the door and settle in to relax and enjoy your holiday!Read more »
We welcome you to Tolman House, a small well established Guest House located in a Stunning Waterside Location overlooking Old Town Bay in the quiet hamlet of Old Town and close to the scenic coastal pathway. We are approximately 10 minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Hugh Town.Read more »
*New for 2018*
Located yards from Porthcressa beach, this comfortable apartment is an easy 5 minute walk to the shops and amenities of Hugh Town including bus stop for country adventures and the quay for discovering the off islands.
Fully refitted and newly furnished for this season, it has a bright and relaxing feel with sea views and a roof top terrace for alfresco dining.Read more »
Banfield’s Holiday Flats: 'Midships’ (flat featured), ‘Top Deck’, ‘Quarter Deck’ and the ‘Flatlet’, are all two person flats fitted out to a high standard, providing you with comfortable accommodation, close to the town centre and the quay. They are locally owned and managed. For vacancies - see below. Further details, including a walk round video tour, can be found on our website - www.banfieldsholidayflats.comRead more »