The Two-Island Break: Our Suggested Itinerary
Our island-hopping autumn break gives you four nights to discover the best of the neighbouring but distinctly different islands of Tresco and Bryher.
This unique break incorporates two nights on Tresco at The New Inn, and two nights at Hell Bay Hotel, nestled on Bryher’s dramatic coastline. Soak up the sea views, explore hidden coves and dine on fine local produce as part of this island-hopping retreat.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding how to spend your time – here’s our suggested itinerary:
We recommend you arrive to Tresco by helicopter – you should be able to spot Bryher too as you approach the islands. You’ll be travelling across that little channel of turquoise water soon at the midpoint of your break!
We’ll transport you to The New Inn and let you get settled in – grab a drink in the Driftwood Bar or head straight out to explore Tresco and let that island state of mind takes over.
Afternoon: Take a walk along the coast to Blockhouse Castle. You’ll cross some of the most beautiful beaches on Tresco – Green Porth is one of our favourites, and positively idyllic for sea swimming.
Evening: Enjoy your first dinner of the trip at the Ruin Beach Café.* Start things off with a cocktail on the terrace, then choose from wood-fired pizza, generous sharing platters of seafood or veggie temptations, and Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
After dinner, wander back to The New Inn along Tresco's quiet country lanes as the stars come out.
Morning: If you wake up early enough you could climb nearby Vane Hill to catch a Scilly sunrise – pretty spectacular! Afterwards, enjoy breakfast at The New Inn to fuel you for the day’s adventures.
We recommend a walk across the island to the world-famous Abbey Garden – follow the east coastline around and find even more tempting beaches on your way. You’ll want to spend a couple of hours in the gardens – don’t worry, you’ll find plentiful snacks to keep you going in the Visitor Centre, as well as some gorgeous island gifts!
Afternoon: If you still have the energy, another spellbinding walk awaits. This time it’s Tresco’s north coast – think endless views onto open seas, castle ruins with epic vantage points, rugged rocky outcrops and rolling heather-clad downs.
Or, if you’re in need of some downtime, head to Tresco Island Spa and rack up a few lazy lengths in the neighbouring indoor pool. Feeling really in that holiday state of mind? You could always just head back to the cosy Residents' Lounge at The New Inn for an afternoon in the company of a good book.
Evening: Enjoy dinner at The New Inn, serving up delicious pub favourites with a Tresco twist.*
Morning: Perhaps you’ll prefer to take in sunrise skies from your superking bed this time – if so, we’ll let you off! We hope the call of pastries, granola and juices downstairs at breakfast will help awaken you from a holiday slumber…
To really unwind before you transfer across to Bryher, head to Tresco Island Spa and indulge win a few more leisurely lengths.
Afternoon: You’ll transfer to Bryher at some point this day – we’ll take care of your luggage and provide you with boating options. Arrive at Hell Bay to find a different brand of island peace, where your time is punctuated only by the rolling waves upon nearby shores.
Explore your surroundings or simply crash out in your suite.
Evening: Savour dinner in Hell Bay's 3 AA Rosette restaurant – the highest-rated on the islands. It's where our kitchen team weave delicious island produce into their seasonal menus.*
Morning: Enjoy the Hell Bay breakfast offering while watching the meditative views across the Great Pool.
Afterwards, just a few footsteps from the hotel you’ll find Richard Pearce’s artist studio – looking like a tiny shack perched upon the shoreline, it’s quite a sight to behold.
You can find more of Richard’s work as well as maritime homewares and gifts in the Bryher Gallery, situated in the ‘village’ next door to Bryher Shop.
Afternoon: Bryher’s north coast is just as captivating as Tresco’s – we recommend exploring it on an invigorating hike. Shipman Head is a fantastic spot for wave watching, and there is also a large Bronze Age burial site here for those with a passion for history.
Evening: Enjoy another dinner in the Hell Bay restaurant, or something a little simpler in the bar. Or, if you're not too tired from the day's excursions, you could always head to discover another of Bryher's little island eateries.*
Morning: Your departure day – make the most of it with an early wake-up to catch more sunrise skies. If you’re feeling really energetic, climb Samson Hill for a fantastic panoramic view of the islands. Breakfast will be waiting for you on your return!
If the weather’s good, catch a few last island moments on one of Bryher’s beaches – we love Rushy Bay or the beautifully-named Popplestones just a moment's walk from the hotel. Also worth a visit is Island Fish – run by the Pender family of Bryher, the shop sells freshly caught fish as well as tasty delights like crab sandwiches and potted crab. Something to take home for the journey!