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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Tresco's extraordinary natural environment is a tonic in itself, but Tresco Spa is the perfect destination for those looking to truly relax and unwind. Our beautifully appointed Spa features an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and fully equipped gym.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 tours around St Mary's. Contact us to book or for more information. <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 »
The island's convenience store, post office and off-licence stocks a wide range of local Scilly produce, including St. Martin's wines, SC Salt, local eggs and veg, crab, delicious Troytown Farm ice cream and Veronica Farm fudge plus quality meats from Cornwall and Scilly gifts and postcards. Groceries can be pre-ordered and delivered to your accommodation.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 »
VentureSail Holidays offers sailing holidays on board classic ships including historic tall ships and more modern day research yachts. Sail to the Isles of Scilly in style on board our tall ship Johanna Lucretia, take the helm, haul the sails or lie back and soak up the views.Read more »
Four star B&B 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 »
Pilot’s Gig is a fully self-contained flat, which is situated within close walking distance of St Mary’s quay and harbour, and at the hub of all island to island activities. It is conveniently sitauted for all the local shops, restaurants & attractions. It has a four star rating from Visit England. The awe inspiring & uninterupted views, probably some of the best on Scilly, are towards Tresco Channel, Sampson & Bryher. A perfect place to relax & enjoy the beautiful sunsets all that Scilly has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you to Pilot`s Gig Flat.Read more »
You will receive a warm welcome at The Old Chapel.
Our award winning home cooked breakfast menu, made from locally sourced produce, will set you up for the day as you enjoy the beautiful sights the islands have to offer.
Two spacious double rooms with wrought iron beds and high quality linens and well appointed bathrooms.
We provide a comfortable and relaxing space for you to rest and recharge your batteries after a long day exploring.
We can also offer trip advice or make restaurant bookings to help you make the most of your visit to the islands
A beautifully presented former farmhouse located in a picturesque rural position overlooking vineyards. Ideal for larger families or groups with spacious open plan accommodation equipped to the highest standards. The private garden and patio are perfect for al fresco dining.
Free use of a four seater road legal golf buggy is an added bonus.Read more »
Welcome to Wingletang, a popular and well established guest house, ideally located in Hugh Town overlooking the park and close to all amenities, including daily boat trips, island bus tours, churches, museum, local slide shows and theatre productions. Two sandy beaches lie within just a minute’s walk from the house, where you’ll discover beautiful coastal footpaths and exhilarating sea views.Read more »
Beautifully presented five bedroom house with spectacular views, in a perfect location with a large garden. Monday changeover. Minutes from beaches, town, quay and coast walks.
Large, open-plan kitchen/dining room/lounge, ideal for socialising, with a further separate lounge on the first floor. Ideally suited for extended familiy gatherings or two families sharing.
Chy Carn sleeps up to 10 in a combination of king size, zip & link and twin rooms all either ensuite or with a dedicated shower/bath room. It also benefits from a ground floor bedroom.Read more »
A delightful holiday home with a wealth of character and part of the oldest group of cottages in the heart of Hugh Town.
Sleeps four in a twin room and a bunk room so ideally suited to couples or young families.Read more »