ABOUT ST MARTINS


 

St Martins is the third largest and for many the prettiest island in the archipelago. It boasts a stunning array of sandy beaches ensuring a different view and a sheltered spot whatever the wind direction. At low tide the inward facing beaches reveal expansive sand flats offering the opportunity to search the seabed for shells, crabs and shellfish. The island is criss-crossed and encircled by footpaths and trails for scenic walks many in total solitude. Keen fishermen enjoy the vantage points of the island's many rocky outcrops and deep gullies, bird watchers, the sheltered fields, heath and gorse cover so attractive to migrant birds. Seafarers can dinghy sail or canoe to nearby deserted islands or take the local boats on excursions to the other neighbouring islands, divers can explore the clear seas and many shipwrecks. Sports enthusiasts join in with inter island cricket matches, clay pigeon shoots, tennis on the island's public court, early morning runs and swimming from the many safe, bathing beaches.


St Martins is not the destination for anyone looking for rowdy nightlife. In 2013 there is currently only the casual bistro evenings at Little Arthur and fish and chip restaurant in Higher Town as both the pub and hotel are both closed until further notice. Evening boat trips are occasionally organised to visit the New Inn on Tresco and The Island Hotel. During the summer season Wednesday and Friday night inter-island Gig races offer another opportunity for an evening out as do occasional island events including visiting local bands performing at the fish and chip restaurant at Little Arthur, cricket, folk concerts and slideshows.

At lunchtime visitors can enjoy home cooking and cream teas at Polreath Tea Rooms and Little Arthur, or slabs of pizza and homemade pasties and rolls at the island's own artisan bakery.


 

Pool Green and the Eastern Isles 

 

In summertime Agapanthas bloom abundantly and the mild climate means that succulents and other tropical plants flourish on the islands 

 

View from St Martins overlooking the archipelago towards Guthers Island and  The Bishop Rock lighthouse beyond

  

The view in Lowertown overlooking The Locker with St Mary's beyond

 

Sea gazing  

 

Round Island and Tean  

Par Beach St Martins 

 

Great Bay

 

 The clear waters that surround the islands attract divers from all over the world


Middle Town Beach & Tresco beyond

An aerial view of St Martins