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.
Despite only measuring just over two miles long by one mile wide, there's plenty to keep you out and about. With no cars on the island, the primary form of transport is your feet or a bicycle, and with the Scillies being the warmest place in the British Isles, this idyllic getaway is the perfect place for a relaxing ramble or cycle ride.
A must-see for all visitors is the subtropical Tresco Abbey Garden. Established by Augustus Smith in the 19th century, it houses a spectacular collection of 20,000 plants from 80 countries, including Brazil, New Zealand and South Africa. The garden is also home to a collection of shipwrecked figureheads, which are displayed at the Valhalla Museum.
The rugged north of theisland is a great place to walk and explore, while in the centre of the island, there are bird hides to seek out around Tresco's freshwater pools. You can windsurf or kayak from Tresco Sailing Club, enjoy some beachcombing or simply relax on the fine white sands of Pentle or Appletree Bays.
- Tresco Abbey Garden
- Secluded beaches
- Car free island
- Wonderful climate