Porthcressa beach, Isles of Scilly

The Council of the Isles of Scilly is responsible for Porthcressa Beach and Little Porth in Hugh Town, St Mary's.

All other beaches throughout the islands fall under the jurisdiction of either The Duchy of Cornwall or The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust.

In 2012 Porthcressa benefitted from extensive redevelopment, thanks to the European Regional Development Fund Convergence 2007-13, spearheaded by our own Economic Development team.

This has made this beach more accessible to people with reduced mobility, created new work spaces for local business and provided affordable homes for local people. Porthcressa is also the base for our public library, Tourism Information centre and Register Office, giving couples the opportunity to tie the knot with stunning sea views.

The Isles of Scilly AONB organise community beach cleans on all the inhabited islands and some of the uninhabited islands. We support these efforts by offering free collection and disposal of all rubbish that is gathered. We will also provide rubbish bags and litter picking equipment to any member of the public who would like to help keep the islands clean and pick up rubbish from the beaches and coastal paths.

For advice on how to help reduce your environmental impact and keep Scilly special please contact the Isles of Scilly AONB on 01720 424000, email to or visit the AONB website.


If you have any concerns about Porthcressa or Little Porth beaches, please contact One Stop Shop on 01720 424000. You can also email