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The Isles of Scilly lie just off the coast of Cornwall. St Mary's is the largest of the islands with a population of 1800.

Transport to and from the islands:

By ship from Penzance

The Scillonian passenger ferry service has been the Islands’ lifeline for almost a century. Since 1977, the Scillonian III has carried over four million passengers safely to and from the mainland. The crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s takes around 2hrs and 45 minutes, and gives you a unique perspective of some of Cornwall’s most iconic coastline.
Extract from the Isles of Scilly Travel website which has full details of travel options for getting to Scilly.

By air from Lands End, Newquay or Exeter

All year round, Skybus is the fastest way to and from the Isles of Scilly. The journey takes just 15 minutes from Land’s End to St. Mary’s, 30 minutes from Newquay Airport, and from Exeter it’s an hour. Check out the Isles of Scilly Travel website for further information on flying to Scilly.

The new Isles of Scillyhelicopter service started service in May 2018 and will operate year-round, with up to 8 flights a day, six days a week.

By Rail and Road to Penzance and Lands End

Train service to Penzance Station. Check the National Rail Website for services.

By car travel via the M5 to Exeter, then A30 through Deven and Cornwall to Penzance.

By coach. Check the National Express Website for services.

Getting about on the Islands

Between the Islands

St Marys Boatman Association - St Mary's Boatmen's Association is made up of ten individual skipper/owners that work together to provide a comprehensive ferry and excursion service for people based on St Mary's. They offer independent boat trips for:
Inhabited islands - Tresco, Bryher, Samson, St Agnes, St Martin
Wildlife trips - see seals and sea birds
Bishops Rock Lighthouse - when conditions allow.

For more information check out the St Marys Boatman Association Website

Getting around on St Marys

Community bus service - departs from opposite the Town Hall. The Timetable is available from the Tourist Information Centre, located within the Schiller Shelter on Porthcressa Bank, right by Porthcressa Beach.

Taxi Hire - A number of reliable operators
Toots Taxis and Tours - (01720) 422142 / 07570 624669
DJ Cabs - (01720) 423775

Buggy Hire - There are no hire cars available on Scilly but you can hire a road legal golf buggy for use on St Marys' roads.
The Scilly Cart Co (Porthmellon) - (01720) 422121

Bike Hire - Available from two suppliers;
St Mary's Bike Hire (Porthmellon Business Park) - 07796 638506
Book a Bike on Scilly (delivered to your holiday accommodation) - 07552 994709.


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