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About the Isles of Scilly - St Martin's

St. Martin's is the third largest of the islands and is the first land you see, with the distinguishing Daymark, when crossing from the Mainland by sea or air. For the visitor who wants a quiet holiday we have much to offer. There is a choice of some of the finest sandy beaches with safe bathing, secluded coves, and many interesting walk along the cliffs and downs where purple heather and golden gorse grow in profusion, or walk along our self-built roadway from Highertown to Lowertown.

Accommodation consists of self-catering cottages and chalets, guest houses, hotel and a campsite. Take advantage of early and late holidays, come in the spring and see the late daffodils, or in the autumn when many feel the Islands are at their best and see some of the many birds on migration.

From Easter to October there is a daily boat service to other Islands as well as fishing trips and special hire. From early May enjoy the evening trips to watch the famous gig races. A more limited service is available from October to April, but trips can always be arranged.

There is plenty of scope for rock fishing, and dinghy sailing is popular in the sheltered waters of Highertown Bay and there are opportunities for diving, snorkelling and canoeing. Occasional whist drives, country and line dancing, bowling etc. are held in the Reading Room. Cricket matches and clay pigeon shoots are also arranged sometimes. The all-weather surface tennis court may be hired for tennis and bowls.

Glenmoor Gift Shop, North Farm Gallery and Lowertown Gallery open daily. Home cooking is available at Polreath Tea Rooms and Little Arthur Cafe. The Sevenstones Inn and the hotel who offer meals are situated in Lowertown. An order sent in advance ensures your groceries from the Post Office Stores are on hand when you arrive. The bakery produces fresh baked goods daily and offers Spring and Autumn holiday baking courses. The vineyard in Highertown is open for tours. Local farm produce and fresh fish are available in season.

Regular Sunday services are held in the Parish and Methodist Churches.
(Text taken from the St Martin's leaflet).

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