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The best tips for your holiday in St.Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly

St Mary’s is the largest island in the group which makes up the Isles of Scilly and Hugh Town is the main town on the island.

Above Hugh Town, is the Star Castle Hotel. It was originally built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I for the defence of the Isles of Scilly. Star Castle was built in the shape of an eight pointed star and was converted into an hotel in 1933. It now offers guests the chance to stay in a castle dating from 1593 which has been elegantly restored and furnished for the modern holidaymaker.

Star Castle Hotel, Isles of Scilly, St Marys

Star Castle Hotel, St Marys

The views from the hotel are magnificent; the views which were once necessary to protect the Islands can now be enjoyed by its guests.

There is plenty to do on St Mary’s, it is possible to walk around the island in one day, taking in the views and learning about the history of the island as you go. If you don’t want to walk the whole of the coast path there is a bus which will take you to the north of the island and you can then walk back to Hugh Town via Porth Hellick and Old Town.

Visit Halangy Down, the prehistoric settlement dating from the Bronze and Iron Age, continue your walk passing Pelistry Bay the best place to stop for a swim in the clear sea.

Porthcressa Beach, St Mary's, Scilly Isles

Porthcressa Beach, St Mary's

At Old Town is another popular beach and cafe, as well as coastal paths there are nature trails across the island.

A walk around the Garrison is ideal for an evening stroll before or after dinner at The Star Castle Hotel.

The Isles of Scilly Museum is the best place to learn about the maritime, social and natural history of the islands.

A part of the maritime history can be seen in the Gig races which take place every week throughout the summer, the Gigs were originally used to guide ships past, the rocks, now they are just used in sport many of the original Gigs are  still used, some over 100 years old.  Every year in the spring  the International Gig Racing Championships take place in the islands.


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