Pelistry Bay is arguably the best beach on St. Mary's. Isles of Scilly.
Situated on the east coast of the island, the beach is a firm favourite with islanders, although it is seldom overcrowded. East facing, the beach is sheltered from the westerly winds and consists of fine very pale golden sand. Prone to patches of seaweed at times the beach is backed by low cliffs.
Toll's Island just offshore is a feature of interest and is connected to St. Mary's by a sand bar at low tide.
Care should be taken if exploring Toll's Island to ensure that you are not cut off by the tide.
The Eastern Isles lie across Crow Sound to the northeast, whilst the island visible across the water to the north is St. Martin's.
The beach is a great place to snorkel and is popular with the sailing fraternity. There is no lifeguard cover.
A seasonal dog ban operates at Pelistry Bay, with dogs restricted during the main holiday season.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Seasonal dog ban
OS Explorer Map 101: Isles of Scilly
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: