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St Mary’s has been named the third best rated island in the UK and Channel Isles in the 2015 Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Islands, announced by TripAdvisor.  The annual awards are based on the numerous reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers across the globe. The winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions on islands worldwide, gathered over a 12- month period.  St Mary's came third after Jersey and the Isle of Wight.  The top 10 also included four Scottish Isles, the Isle of Man, Anglesey and Guernsey.

David Jackson of the Islands’ Partnership, which is responsible for marketing the Isles of Scilly as a destination says: “We're delighted to hear that St. Mary's has been recognised by visitors themselves as one of the best islands in the UK. As the largest island in the Isles of Scilly, St. Mary's offers the perfect mix of white sandy beaches, fabulous local food and drink, wonderful wildlife and great hospitality, topped off by a stunning landscape, every inch of which is an area of outstanding natural beauty.”