Beaches in Hugh Town, Isles Of Scilly

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The beach guide has 17 beaches listed in and around the town of Hugh Town. We have arranged these beaches in order of closest to the town first (distance in brackets).

  • Porthcressa Beach (0.2 miles)

    Porthcressa © Colin Park | BY-SA

    Porthcressa is a golden sandy beach at the back of Hugh Town, the main town on St Mary's. There is a promenade above the beach, with a grassy area popular for picnics. Calm waters, sheltered on both sides by rocky outcrops, provide safe swimming and safe anchorage.

  • Town Beach (0.2 miles)

    Town Beach © Gerald England | BY-SA

    Town Beach is a sandy beach that looks north from Hugh Town onto St Mary's Pool, a large, natural bay, which serves as a harbour for many small fishing boats and yachts. The granite pier at the western end serves as the main ferry port for the Isles of Scilly. At low tide, there is…

  • Porth Mellon Beach (0.3 miles)

    Porth Mellon © Tony Atkin | BY-SA

    Porth Mellon (sometimes written as Porthmellon) is located just a short walk from Hugh Town on St Mary's, the largest of the Scilly Isles. It faces north-west and has views towards Tresco and uninhabited Samson. The beach here is backed by grassy dunes and made up of the characteristic white sand you would expect of…

  • Arlo Porth Beach (0.4 miles)

    Arlo Porth ©

    Small stretch of sheltered sand tucked in behind the harbour wall in Hugh Town. Overlooked by most visitors, the beach is usually empty on account of it requiring a climb down.

    The beach is only accessible during low tide and all but disappears at high tide.

    Given it's sheltered location, Arlo Porth is a safe spot for…

  • Old Town Bay (0.4 miles)

    Old Town Bay © Bob Embleton | BY-SA

    Old Town Bay lies on the southern coast of St Mary's- the largest of the Isles of Scilly. The crescent-shaped beach, which is seldom busy, lies in a very sheltered position being flanked by Tolman Point and Penninis Head. This south-facing beach is a mixture of sand and rocks. At low tide a large area…

  • Porth Hellick Beach (1.2 miles)

    Porth Hellick © John Rostron | BY-SA

    Porth Hellick Beach lies in a sheltered cove on the south-east of St Mary's; the largest of the Scilly Isles. This lovely, rural beach faces south-east and has a good stretch of coarse light golden sand which curves around the bay, almost forming a complete circle. The bay itself is very rocky and at low…

  • The Bar Beach (1.7 miles)

    The Bar © Colin Park | BY-SA

    The Bar is a unique beach, being essentially a spit of pale white sand, which at low tide connects the islands of St Agnes and Gugh. When the tide is out, it is an excellent spot for bathing in the beautiful, turquoise, shallow waters, or for exploring the rock pools around the beach. However, when…

  • Pelistry Bay (1.7 miles)

    Pelistry Bay © Colin Park | BY-SA

    Pelistry Bay is a very unspoilt sandy beach on the east side of St Mary's. Usually deserted, with fine views of the Eastern Isles and an excellent cafe less than five minutes walk away. Toll's Island can be explored at low tide.

  • Pentle Bay (2.5 miles)

    Pentle Bay © Toms_travels | BY-SA

    Pentle Bay has everything you would expect from a Scilly island beach; white sand, clear blue sea and barely another soul to be seen. The half mile crescent of sand is backed by low dunes and faces into the shallow and sheltered waters of the east coast of Tresco. One thing that keeps the beach…

  • Covean (2 miles)

    Covean © Oliver Dixon | BY-SA

    This magical little cove is tucked away just around the corner from The Bar and St Agnes' little harbour. The beach is the white sand you come to expect on the Scillies which soon gives way to a boulder-strewn sea bed making it perfect for snorkelling - and rockpooling when the tide is out. At…

  • Rushy Porth Beach (2.9 miles)

    Rushy Porth © Ruth Riddle | BY-SA

    Rushy Porth, on Tresco, is a white sand beach overlooked by a sixteenth century blockhouse. The beach slopes up into dunes and offers panoramic views of St Helen's and Tean.

  • Appletree Bay (2.4 miles)

    Appletree Bay © Paul Walter, Uk | BY-SA

    Set on the foreshore of Tresco Abbey with its sub-tropical gardens is Appletree Bay. This is yet another gem of the Scilly Isles with everything you would expect from these pristine beaches. The crescent of near white sand faces into the clear sheltered shallows of Tresco Flats, looking across to the neighbouring island of Bryher.…

  • Periglis Beach (2.2 miles)

    Periglis © David Lally | BY-SA

    Periglis is a west-facing sandy beach with great views of the Western Rocks. The most westerly beach on St Agnes and in Britain.

  • Lawrence's Bay (3.5 miles)

    Lawrence's Bay © Richard Knights | BY-SA

    This delightful, sandy beach lies on the western coast of St Martin's in the Scilly Isles. It has splendid views over the rocks and islands which rise out of the waters between St Martin's and Tresco. The long stretch of pale, fine sand slopes gently into the shallow, turquoise waters of St Martin's Flats. Lawrence's…

  • Rushy Bay (2.9 miles)

    Rushy Bay © Colin Park | BY-SA

    Rushy Bay is located on Bryher, the smallest inhabited island of the Isles of Scilly. The bay lies along the island 's Southern coast, which is known for being much calmer and more tranquil than the island's wild Northern coast. Set at the foot of Samson Hill, Rushy Bay is sheltered from much of the…

  • Green Bay (3.1 miles)

    Green Bay © Colin Park | BY-SA

    Green Bay, facing Tresco across the New Grimsby Sound, is a sandy beach with clear and very calm waters, ideal for launching kayaks and rowing boats, and offering safe anchorage for yachts.

    Snorkelling and diving are both popular.

    Small boats can be hired from Bennett's boat yard.

  • Par Beach (3.5 miles)

    Par Beach © Lambert | BY-SA

    Par Beach, also known as Higher Town Bay, is a rural, sandy beach on St Martin’s, the third largest of the Scilly Isles. The south-facing beach offers stunning views over the uninhabited Eastern Isles. What makes this place special is the pale, almost white sand which contrast beautifully with the crystal clear, azure waters of…

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