Being situated in the centre of the small town of Hugh Town makes shopping for essentials very easy. There are two banks, a small supermarket and many other interesting shops. On the island is a small golf course and if you are so inclined a riding school. There are historical sites and beautiful walks. If you like under water diving this is just the place to come and can be tried by all from beginners to the seasoned divers. Boat trips to see the seals on the little groups of islands known as the Eastern Isles are a regular feature. There are many fishing trips available and also trips to the famous Bishops Rock Lighthouse. It is possible to hire windsurfers and sailing boats. Bikes are also available for hire. There is no cinema, or bingo halls just beautiful breathtaking scenery and the sea is the colour of turquoise in the shallows. The beaches never get crowded hence it is an ideal place for children to play as there is so much space for them to play in.
There is a Golf Course on St. Mary’s about 2 miles away. Holiday makers are welcome.
There are riding stables on the island of St. Mary’s for those who like to ride.
Are you interested in local history? Or maybe during your stay you find yourself stuck inside on a rainy day. The Isles of Scilly Museum is the perfect place for the whole family to visit when the weather takes a nasty turn. Visit their website for more information.
The island can be reached by small plane from Lands End or other airports eg. Bristol, Southampton, Exeter, Newquay. It is also accessible by sea on the Steamship Company boat from Penzance. Cars can be garaged in Penzance or the airfield car parks.
St. Mary’s is the largest island of the Isles of Scilly. There are several other islands that can be visited by the off-island boats which travel daily to these islands at different times. Each island has its own unique atmosphere and character. There are many lovely tea shops on these islands and the hotels on the islands welcome anyone to sample their fayre. There is or course the famous Tresco Tropical Gardens to visit on the island of Tresco. Each island has its own beautiful views.