Porthloo, sometimes written Porth Loo or Porth Low, lies on the west coast of St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, about half a mile north of the capital Hugh Town. The beach consists of fine almost white, sand - Scillonian granite contains a lot of the white (muscovite) mica and pale feldspar which has been eroded over the centuries to form the beach.
It is located in a west facing bay sheltered by the islands of Newford Island to the south and Taylor's island to the north. The nearby settlement of Porthloo is home to the Isles of Scilly Perfumery and boat building also takes place here.
Points of interest nearby are the nine hole golf course as well as the ancient monuments of Halangy Down Iron Age Village and the Bronze Age Bant's Carn burial chamber.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
OS Explorer Map 101: Isles of Scilly
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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: