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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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 »

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

UK Mainland All year | From: 0.00

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 »

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 »

Come2Scilly

St. Mary's All year | From: 0.00

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

Skybus Boarding

Tresco Inclusive Travel

Tresco All year

Skybus fly all year round to St Mary’s from Land’s End and Newquay, and from Exeter between March and November. If you are staying on Tresco, we recommend that you book your journey through the Island Office as our fares include all island transfers.Read more »

Westwinds parking area

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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Spirit of St Agnes

St Agnes Boating

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 »

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 »

Firethorn, Tresco Boat Services

Tresco Boat Services

Tresco All year

Tresco Boat Services, serving Tresco, Bryher and St Martin's, offer all the waterborne services you need to get the most from your visit to the Isles of Scilly.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 »

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 »

St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

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 infomation
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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

Become a Member

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

St. Mary's All year

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.  

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Diverse food led retail shop.

The Tanglewood Kitchen Company @ The Post Office

Taste of the West Award
St. Mary's All year

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.

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Our cart range

The Scilly Cart Co

St. Mary's Mar-Oct

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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St Mary's Bike Hire

St. Mary's All year

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.
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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 »

Adventure on Scilly with Kernow Coasteering

Coasteer Scilly – with Kernow Coasteering

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St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Coasteering on the Isles of Scilly has arrived! Brought to you by Kernow Coasteering, one of Cornwall’s foremost coasteering providers, Don’t miss your chance to experience the stunning golden granite coastline of Scilly in an epic costal adventure you’ll never forget.Read more »

Hand painted slate with agapanthus design

Phoenix Craft Workshops

St. Mary's All year

A co-operative of seven local artist and craftspeople working on the little Business Park at Porthmellon. Work includes printmaking, stained & fused glass, jewellery and fabric painting and printing. There is a gallery of work by more local artists upstairs. Classes for children & adults are also available. (see activities page for more details) We are able to take payment by card.Read more »

49 Degrees clothing

49 Degrees

St. Mary's All year

The IOS Store, born and bred on the islands since 1973. Visit us for all your IOS apparelRead more »

Coasteering Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Coasteer Scilly – with Kernow Coasteering

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St. Mary's Apr-Oct

Coasteering on the Isles of Scilly has arrived! Brought to you by Kernow Coasteering, one of Cornwall’s foremost coasteering providers, Don’t miss your chance to experience the stunning golden granite coastline of Scilly in an epic costal adventure you’ll never forget.Read more »

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Tregarthen's Hotel, viewed from the water

Tregarthen's Hotel

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

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 »

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Late availability
Bounty Ledge - view from the window

Bounty Ledge

3 star self catering Gold award sticker
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | All year | £525 - £1,010 per week

Bounty Ledge is a first floor maisonette with sea views which overlooks St Mary’s harbour out towards Tresco, Bryher and Samson.  It is centrally located in Hugh Town, just 20 metres from Town beach,  and one minute from the shops. There are 3 bedrooms, providing family accommodation for up to 6 persons.  It is also very popular with couples who appreciate the spaciousness.Read more »

Belladonna, Lounge

Belladonna

Visit England Two Star Self Catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 6 | Mar-Oct | £465 - £1,005 per week

Belladonna is a well-appointed second floor flat situated in a quiet location close to the heart of Hugh Town.

Sleeping up to six guests in one double, one twin and one bunk room, it is a popular choice for families and equally suited to friends sharing.Read more »

Crow's Nest, 6 Spanish Ledge

VE 4 star self catering award
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £375 - £595 per week

Centrally located bright and airy twin bedded apartment.Recently refurbished with new kitchen & showeroom and tastefully decorated throughout. Wi-fi included in the price.

Ideal base to explore St Mary’s or the off islands.Read more »

Bell Rock bedroom

Bell Rock Hotel

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Hotels
St. Mary's 23 Rooms | Mar-Oct | £59 - £119 pppn

Bell Rock Hotel has been welcoming guests for over 100 years, and we genuinely look forward to your visit. We are proud of our team of caring staff, who will do everything possible to ensure your stay with us is relaxing and enjoyable.

We have 23 Hotel Guest Bedrooms (all en suite) & a 2nd floor Self Catering Flat which is new from the 2015 season, Visit England Graded 4*.Read more »

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Merrions Holiday Cottage

Merrions Holiday Cottage and Chalet

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Self Catering
St. Martin's Sleeps 4 | All year | £475 - £725 per week

Cedarwood chalet and granite cottage. Both recently modernised to a high standard. Large private gardens and breathtaking views to the South accross Highertown Bay. Comfortable and well appointed -all inclusive. A warm welcome awaits you.Read more »

Hanjague

Hanjague

Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 8 | All year | £870 - £1,800 per week
  • Large spacious house
  • Fully modernised well equipped interior
  • 4 en suite double rooms
  • Large comfortable lounge and dining room and super new kitchen
  • Huge garden with outdoor seating for al fresco dining
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The Guard House exterior

The Guard House

Green tourism gold award 5 star self catering Gold award sticker
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 4 | All year | £600 - £2,600 per week

The historic Guard House is located on the Garrison, St Mary's. It's private garden terrace has panoramic sea views and the beautiful interior is equipped to the highest standards.Read more »

Spacious Loft Space

Flat 15, The Sail Loft, Harbour Lights

3 star self catering
Self Catering
St. Mary's Sleeps 2 | All year | £350 - £750 per week

Superb holiday apartments, quite literally on the beach, with fantastic sea, harbour and quay views. Free Wifi available in all flats. Full information and current availability on our website.Read more »

Spacious, bright, open plan kitchen dining area

The Croft at Troytown Farm

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Self Catering
Dog friendly
St. Agnes Sleeps 5 | All year | £490 - £1,015 per week

In a stunning location, on the remote island of St Agnes, Troytown Farm offers the most south-westerly holiday cottages in the UK, situated by the Atlantic ocean and the unspoilt, breath-taking Scillonian coastline.Read more »