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    Tresco, Scilly Isles

    We've just booked a last minute mini-cruise that calls at Tresco. Has anyone ever been before?

    We're thinking about visiting the Abbey Gardens and it looks as though it is a relatively easy walk from where I think the ship's tender will land. However it isn't at all clear where they do come ashore so I'd appreciate any advice. As I understand there are no cars on the island I'm assuming everything is within walking distance!

    Looking forward to hearing from anyone else who has visited previously.

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    It's been about 10 years since I was last in the Scillies and cruise ships had not even considered this part of the world, but I would assume the tenders will go to the same landing as the little boats from St Mary.

    The Scillies are all about walking, but there was a 'taxi service' from the tender station/heli landing pad. It was a large farm trailer fitted with seats pulled by a tractor. We chose to walk as was not far to the Abbey Gardens, but useful for the less able. Things change very slowly over there so I would imagine the same tractor is doing the same work.

    The Scillies is a wonderful group of islands, and was a favourite regular few days break for me in those days, sadly missed as it's not easily reached from anywhere north of the west country.............Wilba

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    It's been about 10 years since I was last in the Scillies and cruise ships had not even considered this part of the world, but I would assume the tenders will go to the same landing as the little boats from St Mary.

    The Scillies are all about walking, but there was a 'taxi service' from the tender station/heli landing pad. It was a large farm trailer fitted with seats pulled by a tractor. We chose to walk as was not far to the Abbey Gardens, but useful for the less able. Things change very slowly over there so I would imagine the same tractor is doing the same work.

    The Scillies is a wonderful group of islands, and was a favourite regular few days break for me in those days, sadly missed as it's not easily reached from anywhere north of the west country.............Wilba
    Thanks, Wilba. We'll get an early tender and stroll down to the gardens, hopefully ahead of the crowds.

    I've never seen the Scillies on a cruise itinerary before, which is why I leapt on this particular mini-cruise itinerary with Fred Olsen even though the transport is causing us a few issues with it being a one-way cruise from Southampton to Liverpool!

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    Voyages of Discovery often take in the Scillies, but I have no knowledge of the quality of their cruises.

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    Sue, As Wilba just said, Voyages of Discovery go to Tresco and we went there last June on her. Abbey Gardens is beautiful and only a few minutes walk from where you dock. After you've visited the gardens, take a walk to Smith Square for a refreshing ice cream or a drink.

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    Sue, As Wilba just said, Voyages of Discovery go to Tresco and we went there last June on her. Abbey Gardens is beautiful and only a few minutes walk from where you dock. After you've visited the gardens, take a walk to Smith Square for a refreshing ice cream or a drink.
    Sounds perfect, Jill!

    We went out for the afternoon on sunday to Matlock Bath for a stroll and had our first ice cream of the year in the glorious sunshine.

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    We have been there many times from the mainland. You will be tendered ashore to one of the small jetties. It is only a small island and everywhere is within 15 - 20 mins walk. There is some transport for the Island Hotel but this is just to ferry guests and their luggage to/from the helipad. The Abbey Gardens are magnificent, but don't forget to go to the small corner where there is an exhibition of ships foreheads from the many wrecks on the islands. Over the years we have seen some German cruise liners, one with disastrous consequences. A pilot is very necessary here!


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    Tresco is a beautiful island. The ship's tender lands you at a jetty about 10 minutes walk from the Abbey Gardens. The plants in the gardens are very exotic and unusual with lots of ferns, palms and succulents. From there it is a very pleasant 10 minute walk into New Grimsby, a little village with shops, a post office and, in the next bay, a lovely pub attached to a cafe which sells cornish ice cream.

    We were very lucky with the weather and it was a fabulous port of call.

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    Tresco is a beautiful island. The ship's tender lands you at a jetty about 10 minutes walk from the Abbey Gardens. The plants in the gardens are very exotic and unusual with lots of ferns, palms and succulents. From there it is a very pleasant 10 minute walk into New Grimsby, a little village with shops, a post office and, in the next bay, a lovely pub attached to a cafe which sells cornish ice cream.

    We were very lucky with the weather and it was a fabulous port of call.
    I'm so pleased you enjoyed it Sue. Apart from the gardens, we found the island so peaceful.

    Jill


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