The Atlantic

Hugh Town, St Mary's

The Atlantic

Hugh Town, St Mary's

The Atlantic Hotel in the Isles of Scilly is a charming old inn built in Cornish granite, with modern facilities, offering the best of old and new. Ideally located on Town Beach in the heart of Hugh Town, the Atlantic Hotel offers panoramic views and with its location, is ideal for those with walking difficulties.


In addition to refurbishment of rooms, most of the Atlantic Hotel has also been renovated and upgraded in recent years. For breakfast, the Tides Reach Restaurant is aptly named, as it backs onto the water’s edge and is built on stilts with panoramic views of the harbour. Dining is a joy in the Harbour View Bistro, with lovely views of the prettily painted boats bobbing in the water. Outside, you will find the sunny terrace for you to enjoy morning coffees, light lunches and aperitifs alfresco!

The Atlantic Bar is a popular spot with the Scillonians, and is a great place to relax, unwind, and watch the locals enjoying island life. There is also the comfort of log fires in the winter. Please note The Atlantic is in the heart of the town and rooms are situated above the Inn.


The Atlantic Hotel’s 20 well-appointed en-suite rooms have all been recently renovated. Interiors are modern, fresh and airy. Rooms come with or without a view over the sea and harbour. The larger superior rooms offer extra comfort, and all boast magnificent views over Town Bay.

• Tea/coffee making facilities • TV • hairdryer

Room choices

  • Standard Rooms  These comfortable cosy bedrooms which over look the pretty high street of Hugh Town are ideal for a short break.
  • Sea View Rooms  With picturesque coastal views these rooms have a light and airy feel to them enabling you to relax.
  • Superior Rooms – Elegant and spacious with uninterrupted sea views these rooms have a comfortable seating area over looking the bay

Hotel Top Tips

  • This is a fantastic and lively location to stay in St Mary’s. It has a wonderfully local feel and be sure to ask about what is happening during the week when you arrive, there are often pub quizzes etc which are always popular with visitors and locals alike.


PRICING in Standard Room, Bed & Breakfast

Low season High Season
3 Nights
7 Nights
£ 556
£ 988
£ 637
£ 1177
2021 Dates
Mar – Apr
May – Sep

Prices above are per person (based on two adults sharing) with flights from Lands End to St Mary’s. Please call us for prices relating to single supplements, upgrading rooms and travelling from other points on the UK mainland. Please note the above prices should be used as a guide only. This property has a close out period over winter.



How to get there

By Plane – Skybus are the only airline that offer direct flights to the islands from the UK mainland. All flights land into St Mary’s Airport.

  • Exeter (60 minute flight) – up to 4 flights daily (except Sunday) from March to October
  • Newquay (30 minute flight) – up to 6 flights daily (except Sunday) all year round
  • Lands End (20 minute flight) – up to 18 flights daily (except Sunday) all year round

By Ferry – The only direct ferry from the UK mainland to the islands is operated by the Scillonian III and takes 2 hours 45 minutes from Penzance Harbour to St Mary’s Quay. Operates once a day (except Sundays) from March to November.

Regional Departures – There are numerous regional flights that connect with either Exeter, Newquay or Land’s End – please speak to one of our experts who will be happy to help arrange your journey to make it as smooth as possible.

Top tips

  • If you want to see the puffins they return to the islands between April and August.
  • St Mary’s is a truly dog friendly holiday destination. It could not be easier to take your beloved pooch on both the Scillonian III ferry or the Skybus operated flights. Several hotels on the island allow dogs and there is a small company on the island who rent all the items you may need from dog baskets and blankets to food and water bowls.
  • We can highly recommend Juliet’s Garden, a fantastic restaurant with a terrace overlooking Hugh Town and the sea. This is a great place for dinner or finishing the day with a refreshing sundowner.
  • For those with limited mobility or for those simply looking for a fun way to explore the island it is possible to book golf carts for your stay, as there is no car hire here. Pre-booking is essential.
  • Will Wagstaff is the islands resident ornithologist and naturalist and leading authority on all things flora and fauna in the Isles of Scilly. Will’s guided walks are available to pre-book, for just the day or for longer. He also gives a slideshow presentation most Saturday evenings in the Church Hall, St Marys (payable locally, approximately £5 per person.

When To Go

Summer (June-August) – the islands boast some of the UK’s warmest weather and temperatures can reach a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius. This period is peak season and although the weather is favourable, costs and availability can be an issue.

Autumn (September-November) – September to mid-October can still attract some decent weather and it means you can enjoy the islands when the tourists have all gone home. October is peak bird-watching season when the rare migrant species travel through the islands.

Winter (December-February) – Low Season. A season with unpredictable weather and very few tourists. Some properties, attractions and shops close during this period and some of the islanders return to the mainland. That being said winter on the islands can still be enjoyable, with dramatic coastlines and cosy atmospheric pubs whilst taking advantage of the much lower prices at this time of year. However please bear in mind that travel on the Skybus or Scillonian ferry can be frequently disrupted due to weather.

Spring (March-May) – A lovely time to visit the islands with spring flowers in bloom everywhere and puffins returning to the outer islands. Temperatures are starting to get balmy and a great time for walking the miles of nature trails on offer.