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Tresco is the second largest of the islands and a subtropical gem. The only privately owned island within the archipelago, it has a little bit of everything, from dramatic rocky outcrops, Bronze Age burial sites and romantic castle ruins, to secluded sandy beaches and, not forgetting, the world-famous horticultural paradise of Tresco Abbey Garden.
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Getting there: From St Mary’s it is only a short onward boat journey to Tresco.
Geography: Comprised of over 140 rocky islets the Isles of Scilly lie 28 miles from Land’s End off the coast of Cornwall. The largest island, St Mary’s, covers an area of only 2.5 square miles. Of the other islands, known as the “Off Islands”, Tresco, St Martin’s, Bryher and St Agnes are the only inhabited ones.
Travelling times: The ferry from Penzance takes 2 hours 40 minutes whilst flights operate from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter with flying times varying from 15 minutes from land’s End to 1 hour from Exeter. There are no flight or ferry services on Sundays.
Transfer times: On St Mary’s, as you’d expect, a matter of minutes. If you are continuing on to the Off Islands, then you’ll need to take one of the local boats, which you pay for locally, and which operate regularly between the islands.
Passports & visas: The Isles of Scilly are part of the UK, so none are required. However airlines do require photo ID.