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St Mary's

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An island of surprises

St Mary’s is the Isles of Scilly’s largest island but still less than two and half square miles in size. It is an island of colour and contrast that also acts as the gateway to and from the mainland and to the off-islands of Tresco, St Martin’s, Bryher and St Agnes.

Why visit St Mary's?

  • Sandy beaches
  • Excellent pubs
  • Activities aplenty
  • Nature trails
  • Fascinating harbour
  • Boat trips to other islands
  • Wildlife watching

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Tregarthens - Exterior day



Tregarthen's has one of the most stunning settings on St Mary's.

Star Castle - Aerial View

Star Castle


Situated on St Mary's in 4 acres of secluded gardens, built in 1593 in the form of an eight pointed star, the castle stands on the Garrison Hill and commands magnificent views of the harbour and surrounding islands.

St Mary's Hall - Entrance

St Marys Hall


An elegant, extensively refurbished townhouse situated in Hugh Town and only a 3 minute walk to the town centre and beaches.

The Atlantic - Terrace

The Atlantic


Boasting a central position in the heart of St. Mary's, right on the harbour front. The bustling harbour town and wonderful white sandy beaches are all just a short stroll away, whilst the stunning surrounding countryside is also within easy reach.

Bell Rock - Exterior

Bell Rock

2 Star

Officially the most southerly hotel in England, The Bell Rock is ideally situated midway between Town Beach and Porthcressa Bay.

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The facts:

Geography: Comprised of over 140 rocky islets the Isles of Scilly lie 28 miles from Land’s End off the coast of Cornwall. The largest island, St Mary’s, covers an area of only 2.5 square miles. Of the other islands, known as the “Off Islands”, Tresco, St Martin’s, Bryher and St Agnes are the only inhabited ones.

Travelling times: The ferry from Penzance takes 2 hours 40 minutes whilst flights operate from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter with flying times varying from 15 minutes from land’s End to 1 hour from Exeter. There are no flight or ferry services on Sundays.

Transfer times: On St Mary’s, as you’d expect, a matter of minutes. If you are continuing on to the Off Islands, then you’ll need to take one of the local boats, which you pay for locally, and which operate regularly between the islands.

Passports & visas: The Isles of Scilly are part of the UK, so none are required. However airlines do require photo ID.

Currency: Sterling.