Pilot's Retreat,
St Mary's
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0PB
Tel 01720 423361

A bit about us...
Established in 2003 by myself, Carmen Stevens, Colossus B&B has had many guests over the past years. Many of whom return each year to Colossus and the Scillies as you will see from the Guest Comments. The Island's are renowned for having a high percentage of returning visitors which is testament to their beauty and tranquility.

I'm (Carmen) a born Scillonian so have a pretty good knowledge of all things about Scilly so feel to ask if you should need help with anything about your holiday and I will do my best to help or put you in touch with some-one else who can.

Todd, my husband is by trade a joiner/carpenter but more importantly is a famous shipwreck hunter, published author and prolific poet. Both of us spend our spare time in the summer looking to find and identify ship wrecks (there are 700 reported incidents around the Scillies). Todd was a keen member of the local museum where many of his recovered artifacts have been on display but are currently displayed at the B&B. .

In 2001/2 the Time Team made a programme about a particular special find on the wreck of Colossus which is repeated periodically on Sky TV. Todd then published a book giving a more personal account of this intriguing story. He then moved on to publish another book Ghosts of Rosevear telling the story of a famous actress and how she came to die with her young child amoungst the jagged western rocks of Scilly. This book also gives an insight into the lives of the men who built Bishop Rock Lighthouse whilst residing on the remote Island of Rosevear. He is now writing a third book but it has not been named yet.

Transport when you land on Scilly
St. Mary's
On arrival, there is a choice of transport to your accommodation. Buses meet scheduled flights at the airport and if you arrive by boat, it is a short walk through Hugh Town (luggage is automatically delivered to the B&B if you put our address on it at a nominal cost - £1.35 per bag in 2016 - payable directly to the carriers) along Church Street, up Church Road, turn left the brow of the hill, then walk down the lane past Lady Wilson's bungalow on the left, turn right at the end of the lane and we are the second on the left with a cannon/gun on the boundary wall - or you can take a taxi.

I try to keep this information as up-to-date as possible but please check for updates once you are on Scilly.

Transport to Scilly

Transport to Scilly
There are 2 modes of public transport to the Islands. Please use the links below to find out more on their prices and routes etc. One essential is that you take out holiday insurance for any contingencies such as delayed departure due to inclement weather etc or even, more recently, swine flu!

Plane and boat Travel to the Isles of Scilly, with Skybus flights from Southampton, Bristol, Exeter, Newquay or Land's End, Or, Scillonian III sailings from Penzance. Click here to see the website
The Isles of Scilly Skybus (plane) the islands' own airline provides air links to St. Mary's throughout the year.
Flights depart from Exeter, Newquay and Land's End.

The journey takes just 15 minutes from Land's End.
Your flight can take in spectacular panoramic views of the Cornish coastline over Land's End and provide a dramatic glimpse of the islands on approaching St. Mary's airport.
Upon arrival you can can be transported along with your luggage to 'Colossus' via Skybus's own mini bus or alternatively a taxi can be hired for the short journey to Pilot's Retreat.

The Scillonian (boat) takes 2.5 hours from Penzance to Scilly and sails each day in the main season except Sundays. This is the cheapest mode of transport to Scilly.

Advanced booking on Skybus flights is essential.
Further details including scheduled flying and boat times and fares can be found on the Isles of Scilly Travel website.

Upon arrival at St. Mary's airport you can can be transported along with your luggage to 'Colossus' by mini bus or alternatively a taxi can be hired for the short journey to Pilot's Retreat.


Other transport whilst on the Island

Exploring Scilly
The one thing you are sure to want to do is to explore the islands, and there are lots of ways to chose from.
For travelling around the island, there is a community bus service which departs from opposite the Town Hall (timetable available from the Tourist Information Centre). There are several taxis. The more adventurous can hire a bicycle and wander at will around the quiet lanes. Bus tours provide a leisurely introduction to the island, with an entertaining and informative commentray from the drivers.

There are various passenger boats that work from St Marys. Most work together as the St Mary's Boatman's Association which provides the main passenger service between the islands, including circular trips to view the seals, seabirds and Bishop Rock Lighthouse.
In addition to the Association, several smaller independant boats run a more personal and individual service. Trips vary according to the time of year and the weather - notice boards on St. Mary's quay and in the town provide up to date information. Boats are also available for hire.

Guided walking tours of the Islands are also available.
Resident ornithologist and naturalist Will Wagstaff runs Island Wildlife Tours (01720 422212), offering a daily walk either on St Mary's or one of the off-islands. For daily itinerary, see Will's board on the quay.

Archaeologist Katharine Sawyer (01720 423326) leads archaeological and historical guided walk around St Mary's on a regular basis throughout the season

However you chose to explore, make sure you pay a visit to Carreg Dhu Community Garden in the centre of St Mary's (free).

Sporting and outdoor activities
There are facilities for many sporting activities on the islands, including football, tennis, squash, badminton, judo and cricket. Horse-riding is available at St Mary's Riding Centre.

There is a nine hole golf course on St. Mary's which has wonderful views of all the other islands. Check out their website, or call them on 01720 422692 for more information.

The main local spectator sport is gig racing. The World Gig Championship event takes place each year on Scilly - the first weekend in May. Accommodation availability is in very short supply at this time as guests repeat book each year. However, weekly gig racing takes place on Wednesday and Friday nights throughtout the summer season.

Scilly's crystal clear waters and conditions make it ideal for sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts, and for diving and snorkelling. It is also good for fishing, whether from the shore or from boats.

Caneoing, climbing and abseiling tuition and trips are offered by licenced provider Murray Hodgson, Avalon, St Mary's (01720 422641)

Scilly is a haven for birdwatchers, particularly in October when migratory birds visit the islands. For more information, check out www.scilly-birding.co.uk

Library and internet access
The Public Library is located at Buzza Street, St Mary's. Tel 01720 423394

The library has a wide selection of books for loan, and also a small selection of CDs, videos and audio tapes. Visitors can borrow books using their mainland library card. Internet Access is available here.

The Isles of Scilly Museum, situated in Church Street, St Mary's holds a comprehensive collection of maritime, social and natural history of the Islands. Tel 01720 422337

Bronze age artefacts - Colossus shipwreck artefacts - Then and Now photographs - Wild flowers - Nautical knots - 16th Century artefacts - Cargo from the Cita - Musical instruments - Hollandia Coins - Flotsam and jetsam - Barrel organ - Domestic pottery - Katie's kitchen - Weights and measures - Royal visists - Cannon muskets swords - Ships' bells - A fully rigged pilot gig built in 1877.

Evening activities
The schedule of evening activities varies from week to week. For a full weekly schedule collect a 'What's On in Scilly this week' leaflet from the TIC when you arrive, and make sure you look out for notices and posters around town.


If you would like to make a reservation, have any queries or require advice/assistance with any part of your travel to the islands, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Carmen Stevens (proprietor)
Colossus B&B
Pilot's Retreat
St Mary's
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0PB

Tel: 01720 423361 (+44 1720 423361 from europe)
Email: carmen@colossus-scilly.co.uk
Web: www.colossus-scilly.co.uk

For more information or to make a reservation: Ring Carmen Stevens on 01720 423361 or email or Book Online
Online booking can only be made for 3 nights or more. Please call or email if you require less than 3 nights
Site Built By: Carmen Stevens Last Updated: 12-May-2017