Duration

Full day

Great for

Couples and families

Activity

Castle walk

Lunch

Cafe stop

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Day Trip

Fly + Sail

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Transport

Fly out, sail back, enjoy the best of both worlds


It’s possible to take advantage of all transport methods when visiting Tresco as there are connecting boats to meet Scillonian’s arrival at 12:15 and back in time for her departure. Or to make the most of your day catch the first Skybus flight from Land’s End or Newquay and you can connect to Tresco on the 10:00 tripper boat from St Mary’s. Once you have caught your inter-island boat and sailed up the channel between Bryher and Tresco you will arrive at New Grimsby .

Activity

Castle walk


Walking up the Quay and just around to the left is a small coast path signed King Charles and Cromwell’s Castle. Follow this delightful coast path and the castles quickly come into view but also across the channel; you will see Hangman's Isle- an outcrop believed to have been used in Cromwell’s time. Cromwell’s Castle itself is well worth a trip up the stone steps to the top purely for the feeling of history and views down the channel to St. Mary's. Climb up the hill further  to King Charles Castle, which is much more of a ruin but still magnificent.

Lunch

Hand fired pizza at the Ruin Beach Cafe


Here you will find the excellent Ruin Beach cafe, time to stop and rest. Ruin Beach Cafe is open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; the menu has a Mediterranean theme with the wood-fired oven pizza's being a popular choice. The menu changes daily and is very child friendly. And the setting completes the experience as you're literally positioned on the beach.

Highlights

The view from the Old Blockhouse


Follow the route along the coast path, around the rugged north end of Tresco passing Pipers Hole a cave accessible only by boat or you can walk across the top of the downs heading down to your lunch stop. Post lunch stroll across the beach you're looking out to and from here you will see the Old Blockhouse, also worth a visit if you have time.

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Horse riding on the beach- St. Mary's


Trotting across white sands, cantering along bridal paths and splashing in the bays – travelling on horseback is a wonderful way to experience the incredible coastal scenery around St Mary’s. And with the stables just a couple of miles from both the airport and the harbour, horse riding is the ideal activity if you’ve just arrived.

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Discover Tresco's castles


Tresco is the second largest inhabited island on Scilly and whilst it's home to the sub-tropical gardens, un-spoilt beaches and fine food it's also full of walking routes, ancient monuments and historic castles. Cromwell's Castle stands tall guarding the channel between Bryher and Tresco, it was built between 1548- 1550 and is one of the few surviving Cromwellian fortifications in Britain. Read on to find out more.

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Foodies day out on St. Agnes


To the east of St. Agnes, across the narrow channel by the Turk's Head, you'll see the mysterious island of Gugh. But here's another secret; wait for low tide, and a sand bar appears... you can simply walk across, and explore to your hearts content. There's more information below.

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A snippet of Bryher


Bryher is a small elongated island and like all of the other islands on Scilly, has it's own special charm. It's contrasted by the sheltered channel between Tresco and Bryher with several sheltered beaches and coves, the other side is the wild and rugged Shipman’s Head renown for its big seas and exposed cliffs. As Scilly’s smallest inhabited island, walking around Bryher is easy and accessible for most people.

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Hire a golf buggy on St. Mary's


If walking and cycling seem a bit energetic, a golf buggy is a fun and easy way to explore the island in comfort. It’s something out of the ordinary for the whole family – and up to eight can ride – but be aware there are age limits on who can drive. What better way to see the best of St. Mary's then touring the sights in a golf buggy.

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Hire bikes and explore St. Mary's


On St. Mary’s, you’ll be as close as the Isles of Scilly get to being busy. With beaches, shopping, countryside paths and coastal trails and with largely traffic-free roads and gentle slopes, the Isles of Scilly are perfect for exploring under pedal power.

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Walking route - St. Mary's


St. Mary’s is criss-crossed by 30 miles of nature trails, paths and other walking routes. To see a snapshot of St. Mary’s, this walk will take you through tracks, lanes, woodland and across beaches. Read on for the full itinerary.

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Tresco Abbey Gardens


A visit to Scilly is not complete without appreciating the amazing flora and fauna, although this can be seen across the islands the best place to view thousands of tropical species is at the Tresco Abbey Gardens on Tresco island. The 19th century garden is home to some 20,000 sub-tropical plants.

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Walk the coast - Tresco


Like anywhere on the Isles of Scilly, Tresco also has its share of beaches, panoramas and secluded spots. Pentle Bay is especially peaceful, the rugged north-east coast boasts historic forts named for both sides of the English Civil War. It’s possible to walk the length of Tresco in a few hours, read on for our guide to explore the cosmopolitan island.

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Snorkel with seals


For nature lovers and water enthusiasts it doesn’t get any better than snorkelling with seals in their natural environment. Head to the island of St. Martin’s, and you'll find the Scilly Seal Snorkelling Co who offer excursions to the Eastern Isles to swim with the seals and make memories to cherish for a lifetime. This trip is suitable for families from age 8 upward and couples.

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