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Coordinates: 49°55′23″N 6°18′27″W / 49.9231°N 6.3076°W / 49.9231; -6.3076

Porthloo beach, St Mary's, Scilly - geograph.org.uk - 1607577.jpg
Porthloo beach
Porthloo is located in Isles of Scilly
 Porthloo shown within Isles of Scilly
OS grid reference SV909114
Unitary authority Isles of Scilly
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TR21
Dialling code 01720
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Isles of Scilly
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament St Ives
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Porthloo (sometimes spelled Porthlow, (Cornish: Porth Logh, 'cove of the deep water inlet')) is a hamlet on the island of St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly. It lies about half a mile north of Hugh Town and is a popular tourist spot with hotels, guest houses and restaurants. Porthloo Beach faces west - there are two tidal islets called Taylor's Island and Newford Island which are to the north and south of the beach respectively. At the top of the beach is a small remnant sand dune system with the grassy area behind used for boat standing and boat building. Due to the disturbance hairy buttercup (Ranunculus sardous), along with other arable weeds appear here in one of its few sites on Scilly, and the only known site for wall–rue (Asplenium ruta-muraria) in the Isles of Scilly is just to the south.[1] Porthloo is within an Area of Outstanding Beauty, is a Geological Conservation Review site and was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1996. The 0.66 hectares (1.6 acres) site is notified for a succession of Quaternary sediments listed below with youngest at the top of the list:


  1. ^ Parslow, Rosemary (2007). The Isles of Scilly. London: HarperCollins. 
  2. ^ "Porthloo". Natural England. 1996. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 

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