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 »
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 »
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!
Located within their home at Porthloo, Glandore Gallery is a small, friendly, beachside gallery run by local artist, Stephen Morris, and his wife, Lois. Stephen paints exclusively ‘en plein air’ in watercolour and, more recently, inks, with a colourful and distinctive signature style. His cards and giclee prints are also available along with those of his late aunt, Nan Heath.Read more »
We make jewellery that is worn across Scilly, the UK and beyond.
It all started twelve years ago with a silver shell range and we’ve grown each year and now have several ranges including fish, flowers, seeds and Scilly cowbells. We do lots of commission work from wedding and engagement rings to personalised pieces.
Our studio is a truly Scilly affair with lots of reclaimed island materials and local art being used in the design – the cabinets have even been made out of the timbers from an old boat.Read more »
Stuck for gift ideas?
When you don't know what to get a loved one for their Birthday or Christmas why not gift them Membership to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust? This is the perfect gift for Scilly-lovers everywhere! By supporting the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust you help to ensure that management and conservation work continues and our beautiful islands are looked after all year round.
Diverse food retail shop @ The Post Office on St Mary's, specialising in award winning homemade ready meals, fresh fish and IOS shellfish, gourmet 'best in town' sandwiches, freshly baked 'Champion Product 2015' individual quiche daily, American import foods and fine wines. Tanglewood also stocks IOS eggs, vegetables, ales and ice cream. Bespoke catering available.
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 »