The Sailing Centre on St Mary’s provides the water sports enthusiast with boats and dinghies to hire by the day, as well as kayaks, windsurfing equipment and stand-up paddleboards. They also offer instructions in a variety of water sports pursuits which you can book in advance.
Boats can be hired from Bennett Boatyard on Bryher who have additional hire points on St Martin’s and deliver to Tresco. There are fantastic underwater treats available such as snorkelling with seals and SCUBA diving. You can even charter a boat to take you to the reefs and shipwreck sites around the islands.
St Mary’s Riding Centre provides the opportunity to explore the islands on horseback, you may even be lucky enough to paddle with your horse in the sea if the tide permits and private lessons are also available from a British Horse Society qualified instructor.
For the sports enthusiast there is the golf course on St Mary’s, one of the most scenic courses anywhere in the country, which has 9 holes and 18 tees and spectacular views at every turn. The golf club also offers a full-length bowling green and everybody is welcome in the clubhouse for a drink or a bite to eat.
The Queen Elizabeth II Community Sports Hall on St Mary’s is available to book for a wide range of activities, including badminton, while the swimming pool features a full programme of open sessions for children and adults. There are also tennis courts on every island.
Additional treats for children include the soft play centre in Old Town, two play parks on St Mary’s and of course, literally dozens of beaches to choose from.
Fishing is a very popular pastime and there are regular evening trips available from St Mary’s with all equipment supplied while wildlife spotting from sea on a circular trip or an island safari provides great fun for people of all ages seeking to spot seals and seabirds, including the ever popular puffin.
There are numerous walking tours on offer, covering subjects such as wildlife, history and archaeology, a fantastic museum on St Mary's, you can visit the vineyards on St Martin’s and at Holy Vale, St Mary’s and a wealth of arts & craft studios throughout the islands. Then again, you might just prefer to spoil yourself with a spa treatment on Tresco or the Karma Hotel on St Martin’s.
Whatever you want to do, there are plenty of activities on the islands to people of suit all ages.
Camera Obscura & Cabinet of Curiosities
Buzza Tower, St Mary's TR21 0NQ
Let us take you on a magical 360° tour of the islands in our rather splendid Camera Obscura! It will make you smile but don’t just trust us, see trip advisor! We are on the Community Bus route – ask the driver to drop you at the Obscura and come in. We also take group bookings.
Open weekdays 9.30am, last admission at 1pm. We cannot operate in high winds, heavy rain or fog but if the bunting is up we are open!
Isles of Scilly Museum
The Museum is situated half-way between the Town Hall and the Parish Church. We have an excellent reference library and a growing collection of family records, accessible to the public by appointment with the Curator.
Church Street, St Mary's TR21 0JT
Exhibits of local interest from pre-history to the present day: the Romano-British brooches and coins from Nornour; the Bryher Sword and Mirror; the Civil War in Scilly; finds from many shipwrecks; model boats; collections of birds, shells and clay pipes; an old Scillonian kitchen and much, much more.
St Mary's Bike Hire
24 Porthmellon Business Park, St Mary's TR21 0JY
From March the shop service is always open for hire and repairs. The general opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm.
From Midsummer the shop is open Monday to Saturday 8.30am – 6.00pm and Sundays from 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Hire and return of bikes may be made outside these hours by prior arrangement. Please contact the shop for details.
0779 663 8506