Tresco | Isles of Scilly

Enjoy the peace of island life.

Thirty miles off the Cornish coast, car-free Tresco is an island paradise that’s the perfect retreat from the pressures of mainland life.

Part of the Scillies archipelago, the island is 2.5 miles long and 1 mile wide making it the largest privately-owned island in the UK. But it certainly packs a lot in between its white sand shores. You’ll find yoga and painting retreats, ale and cider festivals, alfresco art exhibitions and the famous, subtropical Abbey Gardens.

It never feels crowded here, making it easy to kick back and relax. Soak in the scenery, enjoy a good book or a spectacular sunset and swim in clear, azure waters. Bliss!

You’ll be spoilt for choice on the food front on Tresco, too, from a Tuesday seafood and ship supper at the Flying Boat to cracking pub grub at the New Inn. The Ruin Beach Café, with its Mediterranean wood-fired specialties, was recently awarded the exceptional Gold Standard by Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

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A spot of island hopping. The inter-island boat service makes it easy to visit the rest of the Scillies.

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A hike up the coastal path for stunning views — and to witness civil war history at castles belonging to both Oliver Cromwell and King Charles.