Carnwethers is located in 'up-country' St Mary's above the beautifully secluded and sheltered Pelistry Beach. We are, however, only 1.5 miles from Hugh Town and there are plenty of options for getting into town including walking, bus, bike, buggy, taxi.


The Short.....

For a direct and relatively quick walk into town (30-40 mins) walk through Holy Vale take the path via Longstone which brings you to the old granite stile by the farm.  Once over this you turn right past the Longstone Cafe where (if open) you can enjoy a variety of snacks and lunches sitting outside with views over Porth Hellick and the Camel Rock.  The path leads past the Carreg Dhu community gardens which is always worth a visit and onto the main road into town.

And the Long........

Carnwethers is located minutes away from the coastal footpaths which offer distinctly different routes into Hugh Town taking up to 2-3 hours.

Head North from Pelistry beach and the footpath takes you past Innisidgeon Burial chamber with stunning views of the Eastern Islands, St Martins and  Tresco. Continuing west past the glorious Bar Point beaches and views of Samson and Bryher will bring you to the Golf Club ( a good place to stop for lunch, an evening meal or refreshing beverage.) Continuing around the coast with views of Hugh Town and St Marys quay you can find Juliets Garden Restaurant also with lovely views and terraced gardens where you can enjoy a relaxed lunch or evening meal.  The final part of this walk takes you through the Porth Loo boat yard, past the craft studios and Glandore art studio and finally to Porthmellon beach with the sailing club, water activity centre and Boatshed Restaurant. Its a five minute stroll from here into the centre of Hugh Town and the quay with boats to the off-islands.

Heading South from Pelistry the coastal footpath reveals open Atlantic views and more rugged terrain with high granite headlands and a coastline continually changing from the sculpturing processes of Southerly and Easterly winds. This path climbs up to deep point and around to Porth Hellick past the Loaded Camel and Sir Cloudsely Shovells memorial stone.  The higher moors nature trail can be picked up here and followed inland towards Holy Vale.  Alternatively continue up towards the airport and down into Old Town where you can enjoy a meal at the Tolman Cafe, Old Town Cafe or Old Town Inn.  The final part of this coastal walk takes you past the Church (which is worth a visit in itself) and over Penninis Head and finally into Hugh Town.

There are many variations and diversions along the way and a range of maps with details of the walks are available in your visitor information folders.


Bikes can be hired from St Mary's Bike Hire in Porthmellon Business Park 07796 638506 

It takes about 15 mins to cycle into town.

Community Bus

The Community Bus usually operates from March until the end of October.  Bus time tables are available in all the flats and we have our own bus-stop at the top of the lane which is a couple of minutes away from Carnwethers. The bus service is relatively frequent and takes nine minutes to get into Town.

Electric Golf Buggies

Golf buggies can be hired from the Island Cart Co based at Porthmellon Business Park, 01720 422121


A number of locally run taxis services are available for hire throughout the day and evening and throughout the year.  Details of fares and contact details will be posted when available.