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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 <Read more »
Tamarisk is a new gallery in the centre of Hugh Town showcasing artwork by local painters and craftspeople as well as arts and crafts from further afield. Artists include Imogen Bone, C N Smith, Sue Lewington and Oriel Hicks. Locally produced jewellery, cards and gifts are also available. Several of the craftspeople exhibiting work are based locally at Phoenix Craft Studios, Porthmellon Business Park.
For more information please see our website www.tamariskscilly.co.uk or visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.Read more »
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 »
Seaview Moorings consists of 5 modern self-catering apartments, furnished and fully-equipped for your every need.
It's not just a fantastic location with breathtaking views or a place to stay - Seaview Moorings is a special place to file away in your memory.Read more »
Minmow is a spacious, comfortable spilt level ground floor self catering accommodation near the centre of Hugh Town. The property has fantastic views across the road to the green and the harbour. The flats make up two separate properties beside each other in a row of traditional buildings along the Strand in Hugh Town. Allowing easy access to the shops, beaches and quay for inter island boats.Read more »
Situated at the North of St Marys, Morgelyn offers a peaceful retreat in comfortable surroundings with stunning views, historical sights and beaches nearby. McFarlands Down is a quiet, unmade road with 20 or so houses surrounded by fields and downland (Halangy Down) leading to Pendrathen, Bants Carn Ancient village and Burial Chambers and Bar Point.Read more »
Our Readi-Tents are the ideal way to enjoy a stress free camping experience. They are fully equipped for upto 2 people with cooking facilities, pots, pans, table, chairs, airbeds, and most essentials needed to make an enjoyable camping experience . Campers only need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and a towel for showering.Read more »
A small, friendly guesthouse with panoramic sea and Island views just a short stroll from the centre of Hugh Town and its beaches. A great place to unwind with tastefully decorated rooms and hearty breakfasts. See our excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.Read more »
Haycocks is a family-owned 3-bedroomed house with wonderful views from the lounge and balcony towards the harbour, beach and headland. Although set in a quiet road it is only a few minutes' walk to the quay, shops, restaurants and cafes. We use Haycocks ourselves and view it as our ‘other home’ so it is furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Changeover day is usually a Thursday though other days can be accommodated in low season.Read more »
Just yards from PorthCressa beach, located conveniently for shops, restaurants and pubs this newly refurbished self-catering accommodation sleeps up to six for groups or families in 3 bedrooms, a double, twin and adult bunk bedroom. Full details and a Youtube tour available on our website (link below) but please do enquire if you want to know more.Read more »
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 »