The Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly are a group of islands made up of five inhabited islands and countless uninhabited islands and rocks.
St Martin's is the third largest of the Isles of Scilly, and is the first land you see, with the distinguishing Daymark, when crossing from the Mainland by sea or air. For the visitor who wants a quiet holiday we have much to offer. There is a choice of some of the finest sandy beaches with safe bathing, secluded coves, and many interesting walks along the cliffs and downs where purple heather and golden gorse grow in profusion, or walk along our self-built roadway from Highertown to Lowertown.
Accommodation consists of self-catering cottages and chalets, guest house bed & breakfast, hotel and camp-site. Take advantage of early and late holidays, come in the spring and see the late daffodils, or in the autumn when many feel the Islands are at their best and see some of the many birds on migration then.
From Easter to October there is a daily boat service to other Islands as well as fishing trips and special hire. From early May enjoy the evening trips to watch the famous gig races. A more limited service is available from October to April, but trips can always be arranged
There is plenty of scope for rock fishing, Dinghy sailing is popular in the sheltered waters of Highertown Bay and there are opportunities for diving, snorkelling and canoeing. Occasional whist drives, country and line dancing, bowling etc., are held in the Reading Room. Cricket matches and clay pigeon shoots are also arranged sometimes. The all-weather surface tennis court may be hired for tennis and bowls
North Farm Gallery and Lowertown Gallery are open daily. Home cooking is available at Polreath Tea Rooms. Little Arthur Café is open daily for lunch and Monday and Friday for evening meals. Adam's Fish & Chips Restaurant is open most evenings for eat in or take away. An order sent in advance to the Post Office Stores ensures your groceries and fruit and vegetables are on hand when you arrive. The Bakery produces fresh baked goods daily. The Vineyard in Highertown is open for tours during the summer. Local farm produce and fresh fish are available in season.
Regular Sunday services are held in the Parish and Methodist Churches.
You will find a warm, friendly welcome from everyone on St Martins.
For information on travel to the Islands have a look at our travel page.