Whistles Weekend: Escape to Tresco Island


Rich with untouched beaches, sub-tropical gardens and azure seas, there are few places better to escape than Tresco Island. Just under 30 miles off the Cornish coast, we’ve handpicked where to eat, stay and what to see while escaping to the Isles of Scilly.

1. Where to eat

A wide and tempting selection of fresh food and fine wines await guests at the island’s eateries. The Ruin Beach Café, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, is famous for its woodfired pizzas and freshly caught fish sharing boards, bringing a hint of the Mediterranean to Tresco. For the finest Scillonian seafood and home-reared Tresco beef, head to The Flying Boat for elegant dining in a relaxed waterfront setting.

2. What to see

Compared to the UK, Tresco has its own unique temperate climate, making it home to the world-famous Abbey Garden. Visitors can expect to see an exotic sub-tropical garden, blooming in colour and towering palms amongst the 12th century ruins of a Benedictine Abbey. In addition to the Abbey Garden, take time out to survey remains of the 17th century Cromwell Castle, or head out to sea and spend time exploring Scilly’s turquoise waters and hidden coves.

3. Where to stay

Offering breathtaking views of St Martin’s and the Eastern Isles, the Sea Garden Cottages are hidden away on the eastern side of Tresco Island. Spacious, open-plan living areas lead onto private decks – ideal for alfresco dining overlooking the clear Tresco waters. Further down on the western side of the island, visitors can stay in the New England-inspired beachfront houses that line the sandy beaches. Built on the site of a former World War One flying boat station, the Flying Boat Cottages offer seafront-view gardens with an onsite spa and a freshly stocked delicatessen.

Click here to win a 4-night luxury break on Tresco Island, plus £1000 to spend at Whistles.