Hidden beaches, ruined castles and glorious sunsets on the private island of Tresco

As a child, devouring the Famous Five novels, I dreamed of exploring a private island, with ruined castles, hidden beaches and untrodden paths. Tresco is where those dreams came true. It’s a perfectly proportioned island in the Scilly archipelago, adorned by sparkling white beaches and surrounded by a jewel-bright sea.

From the moment we stepped off the Skybus plane on nearby St Mary’s, our trip was refreshingly smooth and untroubled. Transfers, for us and our luggage, were arranged with the Tresco Island team. Our pre-ordered food had been unpacked in our cottage by the island’s luxe grocer, Tresco Stores. The accommodation itself was peerless and the Island Office – Tresco’s hub- was unfailingly helpful.

There are almost no cars on Tresco; it’s small enough to traverse on foot, but cycling is far more fun. The children loved our hired bikes and the freedom to pedal and explore. There plenty of places to visit. Of course there are beaches and ruins aplenty, but Tresco also has both an indoor and two outdoor swimming pools; the famous Tresco Abbey Gardens; a sailing school; and the Ruin Beach Cafe.

With windswept hair and sparkling eyes, we rounded off the day’s meanderings with a sunset saunter down to the New Inn pub which serves excellent food, its children’s menu proving very popular with our brood. On the island of Tresco, we found the perfect balance between adventure and luxury.

To discover more about the Isles of Scilly, go to www.visitislesofscilly.com. There are Skybus flights to St. Mary’s all year round from Land’s End and Newquay Airports, and between March and October from Exeter Airport. From spring to late-autumn, the Scillonian lll passenger ship sails up to seven days a week between Penzance and St. Mary’s. For travel information, visit www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk.

Laura’s trip to the Isles of Scilly was complimentary as part of a press trip kindly organised on our behalf. Thank you to Visit Isles of Scilly for arranging such a memorable trip.

Images by Laura Pashby

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This was kindly shared by Laura Pashby, a freelance writer, editor and photographer. Laura loves long golden evenings, hand-picked posies, and nice cups of tea. She lives in Gloucestershire, in a house full of boys, and blogs here, where she weaves together the words that make up her world and illustrates them with her photographs.