THE PERFECT BEACH DESTINATION
The only difficult thing about a stay on St. Martin’s is deciding which beach you’ll visit today. All around the island, you’ll find white, sandy coves that slope gently into crystal-clear water. It’s a tantalising choice.
But world-class beaches are by no means the only reason to visit this laid back, welcoming island. You’ll also find great local food, artisan bread, the island’s famous flower farm and its own winery – and, for a truly once-in-a-lifetime memory, the chance to go snorkelling surrounded by playful Atlantic grey seals.
Things to see and do
Dive school and snorkelling with sealsThe clear waters around Scilly present some of the finest diving in the world – with an abundance of sea life and historic wrecks. The dive school on St. Martin’s offer charters, beginners’ taster dives – and, uniquely, an award-winning experience, snorkelling with wild seals. Be sure to book in good time. Higher Town, St. Martin's 01720 422848
Fay Page Jewellery: open studioFay’s distinctive jewellery is inspired by Scilly – and, sometimes, even modelled on finds from the islands’ beaches; each piece has its own story. Her studio is open to visitors, from Monday to Saturday, and is a fascinating visit – but be prepared to want something… Ashvale, St. Martin’s 01720 423017
See local art at North Farm GalleryArtists from the Isles of Scilly may share a common inspiration, but it’s expressed in all kinds of ways – and there’s nowhere that’s clearer than at North Farm Gallery. In this converted barn, which showcases Scillonian art, you’ll find more styles and media than you’d think possible. Higher Town, St. Martin’s 01720 423028
St. Martin’s vineyard and visitor centreThe unique microclimate on the Isles of Scilly make the south-facing slopes of St. Martin’s a promising place to cultivate grapes. Visit on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday – guided tours are at 11 am – or stop by the shop, for a real taste of the island. Higher Town, St. Martin’s 01720 423418
Day trips on St. Martin’s
St. Martin’s is one of the few islands where a day trip on Scillonian III is not really practical. But fly with Skybus, or choose a Fly+Sail round trip, and it’s easily within reach – with the right booking, you’ll even have time to snorkel with the seals.