St. Mary's

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.

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Entrance

Westwinds Car Park, Land's End

UK Mainland All year

Located Next to lands end airport

2 mins walk from the main terminal

Easy access from the B3306 and the A30.

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Scilly parking

Scilly Parking

UK Mainland Mar-Nov

For Scillonian passengers avoiding long walks with your luggage. We take you to the quay and meet you on your return. We also take dogs.Read more »

Skybus

Skybus

St. Mary's All year

Skybus fly all year round to the Isles of Scilly from Land’s End and Newquay airports, and from Exeter airport between March and November.

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Steamship House, Quay Street, Penzance, TR18 4BZ.Read more »

Parking for the Scillonian ferry

Scilly Parking

UK Mainland Mar-Nov

Make your daytrip easier, book your car in with Scilly Parking and have peace of mind. Scilly Parking take care of everything and provide secure car parking and a free park and ride service to Penzance Quay. Read more »

Scillonian III

Scillonian III Passenger Ferry

St. Mary's Mar-Nov

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 »

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Prepco Island Vacations and Tours LLC

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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 »

Island Helicopters

Island Helicopters

St. Mary's All year

The new Isles of Scilly helicopter service started in May 2018 and will operate year-round, with up to 8 flights a day, six days a week.Read more »

Come2Scilly

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The Personal Touch of Self Catering Holidays on the Isles of ScillyRead more »

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The Powercat 525 - Perfect for exploring Scilly's beaches.

Isles of Scilly Boat Hire

Bryher All year

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 »

Tresco Bike Hire Bike Rack

Tresco Bike Hire

Tresco All year

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 »

Spirit of St Agnes

St Agnes Boating

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St. Agnes All year

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 »

Scilly Carss Taxi

Scilly Carss Taxi Service

St. Mary's All year
Scilly Carss is a family (and pet) friendly family-run taxi service, operating 365 days a year, 7 days a week, from 7.30am until 12 midnight.  We have a comfortable, 8 seater vehicle, with a large boot space for luggage,  wheelchairs and buggies. We cater for your taxi needs as well as private hire for weddings and leisurely tours across St. Mary's on the Isles of SciRead more »

Take a cruise around the islands on the Calypso II

Calypso Boat Company

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Boat trips from St Mary's with skipper Tim - visit 3 islands in one day, take a day trip to an off island or an unihabited island, or a trip to see seals and birds.Read more »

Enjoy a trip on the Falcon

Falcon Boating

St. Mary's All year

Enjoy a special charter trip on the 'Falcon', an 11 metre Red Bay rib with twin engines and fully enclosed cabin to seat 12 passengers.Read more »

Mr & Mrs Toots

Toots Taxi

St. Mary's All year

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 »

St Mary's Boatmen's Association at the quay on St Mary's

St Mary's Boatmen's Association

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St. Mary's Mar-Oct

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 »

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Endeavour Rib Service

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

“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 »

Our cart range

The Scilly Cart Co

St. Mary's

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 »

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Silver Street Gallery

Silver Street Gallery

St. Mary's All year

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Georgia May Makeup

Georgia May Makeup

St. Mary's All year
My name is Georgia May and I'm a qualified and accredited makeup artist based here in the Isles of Scilly.  I have a huge passion for makeup which is why I enjoy working in this industry so much. I trained with one of the top makeup artists in the Country.

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The Foredeck

The Foredeck

St. Mary's All year

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The Paper Shop

The Paper Shop (C J Mumford)

St. Mary's All year

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 »

Samson burial chamber

Scilly Walks

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

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 »

St Mary's Riding Centre

St. Mary's All year

A warm welcome awaits you at St Mary's Riding Centre, the only horse riding establishment in the Isles of Scilly. Fully licenced, insured and a British Horse Society Approved Trekking Centre and Riding School.Read more »

ScillyExpression

St. Mary's All year

Online Art Studio of Expressionist oil paintings that depict the Islands, painted on Scilly, by resident artist Tamasin Bridge. Paintings and prints can be purchased online with free postage and packaging, and viewings by arrangement with Tamasin.Read more »

Tools used in jewellery classes.

Phoenix Craft Studios

St. Mary's All year

The Phoenix Craft studios and workshops comprise seven individual craftspeople, many of whom will teach their skills to visitors. visitors can paint glass roundels, ceramic mugs and plates or fabric bags and tee-shirts. Beaded jewellery and silk scarf painting classes are open to all age groups too. Adults (over 14 years) also have the option of doing a three hour class in Tiffany glass, learning to to cut, copper-foil and solder coloured glass into a light-catcher to take home. Prices from £9.50 to £30. During Art Scilly Week in May each year, many more classes are laid on.Read more »

Isles of Scilly Museum

Isles of Scilly Museum

St. Mary's All year

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 »

Toots Taxi Tours

Toots Taxi

St. Mary's All year

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 »

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Colossus Apartment

Colossus Apartment, Warleggan

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Apr-Oct | £450 - £595 per week

Sunny ground floor apartment sleeping 2 guests in a double bedroom with king-size bed. Located a few minutes level walk to Hugh Town, it is an ideal base from which to explore St. Marys and the off islands. Tastefully decorated throughout, the internal layout comprises an open plan lounge and dining kitchen. There is a modern bathroom with shower over the bath and heated towel rail. A small private sun deck is accessed from the bedroom. Wi-fi is includedRead more »

Super King

Schiller-Warleggan

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Apr-Nov | £450 - £550 per week

Self Catering for 2 people. Ground floor flat sleeps 2 in a super king. Modern fully fitted kitchen and bathroom. Lovely bay window on the front has dining for 2. French doors off bedroom to steps leading to communal garden. Electricity, WiFi, linen, towels, beach towels & bathrobes all provided.Read more »

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Penhallow

Penhallow

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Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 4 Rooms | Jan-Dec | £42 - £48 pppn

Welcome to Penhallow, a modern, spacious Scillonian home rated by Visit Britain as 4 Star Silver and Breakfast Award.

A warm and friendly Bed and Breakfast close to local amenities and beaches.

We offer well appointed en suite rooms to the highest standard with flat screen televisions, toiletries and tea and coffee facilities and delicious home cooked breakfasts with a choice of lighter options available, using homemade and local ingredients as much as possible.Read more »

Glenhope and Glenhope High. Glenhope in the foreground.

Glenhope

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Self Catering
Dog friendly
Bryher Sleeps 4 | All year | £300 - £1,110 per week

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 »

Baker's Flat lounge area

Baker's Flat

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | Mar-Nov | £495 - £875 per week

The Baker's Flat is situated in a traditional Scillonian building and has been lovingly refurbished by it's owners who run a popular cafe and takeaway situated downstairs.Read more »

Fairways

Fairways

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £820 - £1,670 per week

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 »

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Porthcressa Beach 30 seconds from Thurleigh and garden table and chairs in Thurleigh garden

Thurleigh Flats

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £300 - £420 per week

Thurleigh Flats are both single storey buildings set in a shared garden, just 30 seconds away from Porthcressa Beach in the heart of Hugh Town.  Both apartments feature exposed granite walls and are flooded with natural light.  They each have a kitchen with dining and lounge area and a separate bedroom with en suite shower room.Read more »

Ardwyn

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | Mar-Nov | £380 - £550 per week

Ardwyn is a sunny, light, ground floor flat just a five minute walk from both town centre and quay. A 50 metre walk from Porthcressa Beach and access to stunning coastal walks. Recently refurbished it offers a high standard of accommodation. A pleasant, sheltered courtyard with comfortable seating is offered for the use by our guests.Read more »

Sitting room

Trevean Holidays

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 8 | Mar-Dec | £1,600 - £1,800 per week

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, viewed from the water

Tregarthen's Hotel

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Dog friendly
St. Mary's 32 Rooms | All year | £75 - £160 pppn

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 »

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Late availability