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 »

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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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ISLAND ROVER MiniBus Tours

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

Make the most of your holiday by taking a tour with us. If you don't already know, we'll try to enlighten you as to our history, legends and folklore.Read more »

Will Wagstaff

Island Wildlife Tours

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

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 »

Carefully packing flowers ready for distribution

Scented Narcissi

St. Mary's All year

Explore our new exhibition of the St Mary’s and St Agnes flower farmers, their history and flower farming at our shed located by St Mary’s Airport. 

Visit the home of 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.  Delivered by courier to you and your friends.Read more »

Wildlife Safari with St Agnes Boating ~ © BareFoot Photographer

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's All year

Scilly's Wildlife is varied and everchanging; from the resident Scilly Shrew and Atlantic Grey Seals to the migratory swallows and puffins.  Whatever you're searching for why not join one of our team on a Wildlife excursion or guided walk and discover Scilly's wild side.Read more »

One of Peter M. Smith's paintings

Porthloo Studios / Workshops

St. Mary's All year

Porthloo Studios / Workshops are a group of friendly artists and craftspeople based in a converted barn on the coastal footpath 10 minutes walk from the outskirts of Hugh Town - signposted from Porthmellon.Read more »

One of Peter M. Smith's paintings

Porthloo Studios / Workshops

St. Mary's All year

Porthloo Studios / Workshops are a group of friendly artists and craftspeople based in a converted barn on the coastal footpath 10 minutes walk from the outskirts of Hugh Town - signposted from Porthmellon.Read more »

A stunning location for your wedding

Isles of Scilly Registration Service

St. Mary's All year

The Isles of Scilly Registration Service is your first port of call for weddings or renewal of vows on the islands. We will take you through the process of planning your special day, including the legal preliminaries, available venues, ceremony words, music and much more. Our friendly and professional team will help ensure that you have a day you will never forget.Read more »

Adventure Scilly

St. Mary's All year

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 »

Silver Street Gallery

Silver Street Gallery

St. Mary's All year

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Will Wagstaff walks

Island Wildlife Tours

St. Mary's Apr-Oct

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 »

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95 Watermill

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St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £650 - £800 per week

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 »

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Beaches

Beaches

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £395 - £1,895 per week

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 »

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Lynwood Guesthouse

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Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 4 Rooms | Apr-Oct | £42 - £45 pppn

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 »

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 »

10 Harbour Lights

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Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £500 - £1,300 per week

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 »

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Fairways

Fairways

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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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Pretty interior of The Loft House

The Loft House

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Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £775 - £1,285 per week

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 »

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Browarth B&B

Browarth B&B

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Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's 2 Rooms | All year | £33 - £39 pppn

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.

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Trevean Holidays

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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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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 »