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Here is some information which we hope will be useful for when you come on holiday, particularly as Carnwethers’ is located “upcountry” – about 2 miles from Hugh Town and the Quay.  


From April through to October, a community bus operates six days a week on St Mary’s providing a circular route around the island.  Adult fares are £2 a ride (subject to change) and there is a bus stop about 2-3 minutes’ walk from us. You will find bus times in your cottage; alternatively the Tourist Information Centre will be able to help you.


There are several private hire operators on St. Mary’s. Minimum fare is £7 (subject to change). They are generally very responsive, but do book ahead if you can, particularly at busy times.

Many guests like to use bikes to get about (electric ones also available), which can be hired from St. Mary’s Bike Hire.  You can hire on a half-day basis, or up to a week or more.
Call 07552 994709 or email info@stmarysbikehire 



Also available to hire on St Mary’s are 2, 4 and 6 seater electric vehicles which can hired on a flexi basis for anyone aged 21-80 years.  Note – you will need your driving licence.
Call to book 01720 422121 or email


There are many places to buy groceries on St. Mary’s. 


You can arrange for a Scilly Food Box to be delivered to your cottage on arrival. Call 01720 423416 or email The local Co-operative store also operates a home delivery service for groceries purchased before 2.30pm on most days during the week & The Store also deliver foods etc to your cottage. 


Please do also visit our local producers – in Hugh Town we have a deli and butcher and there are a range of roadside stalls on all islands selling fantastic island produce from fruit juices and jams, eggs to local veg, shellfish and island-reared duck.  You may also be lucky enough to be here for a Local Produce Market (every month throughout the season).


Finally, if you’d like a selection of delicious home cooked meals delivered to your cottage, then contact Tanglewood Kitchen, located behind the post office in Hugh Town.  (Order in advance or purchase direct.) Call 01720 422454 or email



In the summer, restaurants can get very busy so if you want to eat out in the evenings, we recommend you book in advance.  The Tourist Information Centre has a list of restaurants; there is also a free Food & Drink guide which you can peruse.  If you wish to eat out on an off-island one evening, look out for “supper boat” options laid on by the St Mary’s Boatmen’s Association (usually every day in the season to St Agnes, and ad hoc to St Martin’s, weather and sea conditions allowing).


We’re lucky on Scilly to have superfast broadband connection and 4G throughout. That said, mobile signal can be patchy, particularly out on the water and on some of more remote spots. In our experience, Vodafone offers the best coverage.


We have an award-winning Tourist Information Centre on Scilly, located on Porthcressa Beach, which is open all year – although winter hours apply!  Do pop in to say hello and pick up lots of useful information. They also sell books of boat tickets for the “off-islands”…. Buying a book of 10 will give you a discount.
Call 01720 620600 or email 

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