St Martin's

St Martins - Isles of Scilly
St Martins - Isles of Scilly

St. Martin’s is the third largest of the islands and is the first seen when crossing from the mainland by sea or air. It is ideal for the visitor who wants a quiet holiday. There several sandy beaches with safe bathing, secluded coves, and many interesting walk along the cliffs and downs. There is also a walk along the locally-built roadway from Highertown to Lowertown. Chapel Down is a Bronze Age site that should be included on any itinerary.

Most accommodation is self-catering but there are a few guest houses and an hotel. From Easter to October, a daily boat service operates to other islands. There are also fishing trips and special hire. From early May evening trips run to watch the gig racing. A limited service is availableout of season, but trips can always be arranged.

Deserted beach - St Martin's, Scilly
Deserted beach - St Martin's, Scilly

Dinghy sailing is popular in Highertown Bay. Evening entertainment includes occasional whist drives, country dances, slide shows and bowling etc. are held in the Reading Room. There are plenty of places for rock fishing, and cricket matches and clay pigeon shoots can also be arranged.

Regular Sunday services are held in the Parish and Methodist Churches. The island has several shops and galleries and there is always fresh produce and fish available during the season.