Tresco - Isles of Scilly - Beach View On our recent trip to the Isles of Scilly, we stayed on Tresco Island and it was the perfect little retreat! Tresco is the second largest of the islands and the only island to be privately owned. The island has a little something for everyone and really shouldn't be missed on your trip to the Isles of Scilly. Here's just a sample of what you could get up to...

Get Lost In Tresco Abbey Gardens

Tresco - Isles of Scilly - Abbey Gardens Views Tresco - Isles of Scilly - Abbey Gardens Friends It goes without saying that you should visit Tresco Abbey Gardens during your time on the island. These renowned gardens are absolutely stunning and will feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical paradise –  I refused to believe that we were only a matter of miles from Cornwall. I mean, where else in the UK do you get palm trees? In fact, the gardens are home to more than 20,000 exotic plants (many of which can not be found elsewhere in the UK). Make sure that you have time to wander. You will want to get lost in the maze of colours and smells. Make sure you take every little hidden path and walkway – everywhere is so beautiful that you won’t want to miss a thing! Also keep your eyes open for the golden pheasant! They are like a normal pheasant’s flashier, more beautiful big sister. Tresco Abbey Gardens is also home to the Valhalla collection which is a colourful, interesting display of figurines salvaged from local shipwrecks.

Explore Cromwell’s Castle

Tresco - Isles of Scilly - Cromwells Castle Beach I don’t think I really need to reiterate on my blog how much I love castles (If you're new here – I blimmin’ love them), so naturally, my only request for the trip was to visit Cromwell's Castle! We actually visited twice as the first visit was on a very foggy afternoon and the photos simply weren't up to scratch #bloggerproblems. On a sunny day, the coastal walk to the castle is really gorgeous and definitely worth your time - however it's not paved, so be careful or choose a more main-land route on a rainy day!

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Climb to King Charles' Castle

Tresco - Isles of Scilly - King Charles Cromwells CastleTresco - Isles of Scilly - Charles Castle Right by Cromwell's Castle is another ancient ruin, King Charles' Castle. A steep climb to the castle will give you great views across the island as well as a chance to explore! It was ridiculously windy at the time of our visit, so we chose not to spend long on the top of the hill!

Old Blockhouse

Tresco - Isles of Scilly - Old Block House On the subject of ruins and old fortifications, we finally have the Old Blockhouse which arguably, of the three fortifications, has the best views - although the island is so picturesque that the view from every angle is great and I'll probably change my mind on which is the "best" in 5 minutes.

Eat ALL the Food!

Tresco - Isles of Scilly - Burger New Inn Tresco has some great options for food - while unfortunately I didn't have the chance to sample every restaurant's offerings, my favourite of the food we did try was brunch in the Flying Boat Bar & Bistro. Luckily, I have a friend who lives on the island who would recommend the New Inn for high-end pub food (his particular favourite is the burger pictured above), the Flying Boat Bar & Bistro for brunch and the Ruin Beach Cafe for pizzas.

Wander To Your Heart's Content

Tresco - Isles of Scilly - Cute House I think I've mentioned enough times that the island is extremely picturesque, but this lends itself to the fact that it is a great place to walk and explore. On our first day on the island, our friend and new found guide took us on a long walk of the island and I think the words "it's so pretty" escaped all of our mouths one too many times. If you want more pace, you can hire bikes to travel around the island. Cars are not allowed on the island so that is not an option!

Catch The Sunset

Tresco - Isles of Scilly - Sunset Orange Tresco - Isles of Scilly - Sunset Girl I know that I already raved about the sunset in my "Why You Should Visit The Isles of Scilly" blog post - but they really deserve to be mentioned twice. The above photos are taken from the veranda of the Flying Boat Cottages overlooking Bryher Island.

Get Adventurous

Tresco - Isles of Scilly - Landscape If you are feeling adventurous, Tresco Sailing Club offer the chance for you to borrow a bike, windsurf or kayak - something we didn't do because I can barely walk in a straight line successfully let alone windsurf... Let's just say I wouldn't have made it home with all of my limbs in tact.

Just Relax

Tresco - Isles of Scilly - Flying Boat Cottages When you're on an island this beautiful, sometimes the best thing to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Especially when you're staying in top-notch accommodation like we were in the Flying Boat Cottages. Lie-ins and naps featured in abundance in our schedule! To aid your relaxation even further, check out the Flying Boat Club Spa or head to one of the many beaches to stroll along the sand. Even just writing about the island made me feel relaxed! Have you ever been? What was your favourite thing to do?

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and all thoughts are my own. Danielle1

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Isle Of Scilly Couple Beach Isle Of Scilly Cromwell Castle “Where?” people asked. “Is that the island off the coast of Italy?” others asked. While a part of me wished that I was going to the gorgeous island of Sicily to soak up some Italian sunshine, I was going to somewhere just as beautiful! If you are still confused about where the blimmin’ hell I was heading, the Isles of Scilly are an archipelago off the coast of Cornwall. There are 5 inhabited islands that you can visit with ease but there are a whopping 140 uninhabited islands in the area too! So, here’s exactly why you should consider the Isles of Scilly as your next destination… Isle Of Scilly Group of Friends

The Weather

You’d think that because you’re still technically in the UK, you’d be destined for gloomy, miserable weather no matter what time of year you go (apart from the unpredictable week of glorious sunshine we seem to get in Spring/Summer). But no, given the fact that the Isles are the most Southern point of the UK, their climate is surprisingly tropical! Isle Of Scilly Beach View

The Beaches

So, do you want crystal clear waters? Forget Mexico, forget Bali, head to the Isles of Scilly. When I showed my Uncle some photos of the beach, his immediate reaction was “that is the kind of beach we were looking for when we booked our Mexico honeymoon”! There are hundreds of little beaches dotted around the Island. We visited in May and rarely saw other people on the beaches with us! Unfortunately (despite my previous point), we did have some freak cold/rainy weather in May which meant the sea was absolutely freezing – but the beaches were still the perfect place to chill out and explore! Isle Of Scilly Food Burger

The Food

Oh. My. God. This should be my first point really. The food on the Isles of Scilly is impeccable, no matter where you eat. My personal favourite was brunch in The Flying Boat Bar & Bistro on Tresco Island (which was handily right outside our accommodation), I highly recommend! Isle Of Scilly Flying Boat Cottages Isle Of Scilly Flying Boat Cottages

The Accommodation

We stayed in the Friendship Cottage (one of the Flying Boat cottages) on Tresco Island and I only have good things to say about it. The cottage was spacious, well decorated, modern and had an impressive veranda area that led onto the beach. The master bedroom had huge double doors that opened onto a small balcony with a perfect view of the sea. There aren’t many better views you could wake up to (apart from maybe George Clooney, I don’t know).

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The Wildlife

Both in plant form and animal form, the wildlife on these Island will make you feel like you’ve to a tropical Caribbean Island. For plant-life, Tesco Abbey Gardens is where you need to be (and I’m not just bias because my friend works here).The gardens are really beautiful, especially on a sunny day and will make for the perfect afternoon of wandering. For animals, head to St Agnes Island where you will be able to take tours to (try!) see seals as well as many different species of birds. We unfortunately didn't have time to take this trip but we did spot the gorgeous Golden Pheasant! Isle of Scilly Accomodation Isle of Scilly Gallery

The Chilled-Out Lifestyle

If you’re looking for a chilled, relaxing break, there isn’t a better place. If I were to summarise a perfect day on the Islands, it would be waking up to the view of the sea before having your morning cuppa on the beach. A long brunch is the best way to get your energy (especially with the Islands’ great food) before taking a long relaxing stroll across any of the Islands taking in the truly picturesque scenery. While there may not be many people living on the islands (a 2001 consensus shows that there were a mere 2,153 people living there), they have the best lifestyle. Everybody knows each other, everybody is friendly and the relaxing lifestyle works wonders. Isle of Scilly Girl At Sunset Isle of Scilly Sunset View

The Sunsets

If there’s one thing that having a friend in living in the Isles of Scilly who regularly sends me pictures has taught me, it’s that the Isles of Scilly have the most impressive sunsets in the whole of the UK. No, I haven’t tried and tested this, but I am almost 100% sure that this is the case. So, if you’re ever considering a break in the UK, make sure you give the Isles of Scilly some thought, you won’t regret it. If you're thinking of taking a trip, make sure you check out the Isles of Scilly Travel website for advice & bookings! Have you ever been, what was your favourite part?

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and all thoughts are my own.

Danielle1

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