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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Star Castle Hotel is a family run hotel located on the Garrison a short walk from the centre of St Mary’s and the harbour, commanding breathtaking views of the stunning archipelago. The hotels focus is to provide exceptional customer service to all their guests as well as delightful rooms and award winning gourmet food. We have three different licenced wedding venues and a great setting to enjoy a drinks reception outside (weather permitting) followed by a wedding breakfast. The hotel accommodates up to 40 for a wedding celebration.Read more »
Scented Narcissi: The Blue Box Flower Company. We send boxes of beautifully Scented Narcissi grown on the flower farms of St Mary’s and St Agnes. Hand-picked and lovingly packed with care in midnight blue boxes. Deliver a little bit of Scilly by courier to you and your friends.Read more »
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 »
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 <Read more »
The most south westerly course in England, its beauty is unique and must be seen if visiting St Mary's.
We are open all year, to members and non-members for golf and our welcoming clubhouse for refreshing drinks, fresh home-cooked food and a large balcony to take in some of the best panoramic views of the Islands.Read more »
Tregarthen's Hotel is the premier Isles of Scilly hotel, with the most stunning setting of any hotel on St Mary's. Right by the water's edge, Tregarthen's is just yards away from the quay.
Our restaurant is the epitome of fine dining and the hotel is also the ultimate venue for your wedding reception, renewal of vows or civil ceremony.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 »
New this year, 95 Watermill is a luxury, hand built shepherd hut providing a magical, romantic hideaway. Nestled in its own secluded garden, near some of the most breathtaking beaches on the islands, 95 Watermill offers total luxury with minimal impact on its special environment taking glamping to another level.Read more »
Beaches has stunning sea views. Ideal location, very well equipped and modern.
Beaches has three en suite bedrooms – ideal for families or couples.
Guests have use of indoor swimming pool at Bell Rock Hotel (Mar-Oct).Read more »
A warm welcome awaits you at Lynwood; an elegant 1830's Scillonian town house with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Lynwood has been lovingly restored by its owners, Jan and Dave Parr, and is centrally situated to offer easy, level access for the quay, beaches, shops and the excellent restaurants and pubs of Hugh Town. The tastefully appointed guest bedrooms are all en-suite, bright and airy and offer hot drink making facilities, hair dryers, colour TV and radio. Excellent breakfasts can be chosen from a varied menu and special diets catered for.Read more »
This traditional Scillonian granite cottage is next door to Glenhope High, and is ideal for couples and families. Situated on the western side of Bryher, a stone’s throw away from Great Porth Beach and close to Hell Bay Hotel.Read more »
Lovely self catering holiday beach apartment with stunning uninterrupted harbour, quay and sea views.
This attractively presented, bright and cheerful apartment has two twin bedrooms and sleeps four. The sand of the harbour beach is literally beneath the windows and provides wonderful outdoor space for drinks, picnics and barbeques. In an ideal quiet but central location, the supermarket, banks and shops are within a two minute walk. The quay is a five to ten minute stroll. Wi-fi, linen, towels and utilities are included. See our full website at www.scillydays.co.uk.Read more »
Only 2 minutes walk into town and yet enjoying stunning views over Porthcressa beach. Fairways is a beachside bungalow fully refurbished in recent years, offering modern, light, comfortable accommodation .
Particularly suited to families or couples sharing. Great location for a relaxing Scilly holiday.Read more »
The apartment and cottages situated on Seaways Flower Farm are all converted farm buildings; two of which were the orchid glass house and the barley store. Carefully converted and modernised over the years they now offer a comfortable and very convenient holiday home with spectacular views, mainly across the harbour but also with a more distant seascape.Read more »
Welcome to Browarth Bed and Breakfast. A well appointed and contemporary 3 star B&B situated in a quiet cul-de sac on on the outskirts of Hugh Town. Browarth is perfectly located for Porthcressa beach, shops, restaurants and services in Hugh Town and the Quay for off-island boating.
Situated in Hugh Town, St. Mary’s, this is a large spacious family town house with views of harbour. All facilities to accommodate extended families. Trevean is within easy reach of beaches, off shore boat trips, shops and restaurants. Read more »
Tregarthen's Hotel is a premier Isles of Scilly hotel, with the most stunning setting of any hotel on St Mary's. Right by the water's edge, Tregarthen's is just yards away from the quay.
Our restaurant offers great dining and spectacular views.Read more »