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Serendipity, Safety and Strangers: Going Solo on Tresco

We discover what makes Tresco a perfect destination for solo travellers...

“It’s just so friendly!” This is perhaps the most common utterance overheard from first time visitors to Tresco – and to the Isles of Scilly in general.

Scilly often feels like taking a step back in time, to a time when people stopped to speak in the street, and strangers exchanged greetings and pleasantries about the weather, the view or the magnificence of the white sand beach.

It is this friendliness – this sense of ease and affability in the air – that makes Tresco the perfect destination for solo travelers.

Solo travel can, at first, seem a daunting prospect. On Tresco, though, concerns over personal safety, or lack of companionship, can be left behind.

Besides, travelling solo is often the best way to discover somewhere new. You can be more spontaneous, more open to new experiences, more likely to strike up a conversation – and a friendship – with new people. They say a stranger is just a friend you haven’t yet met. You can decide when and where you eat, and what activities you want to do – or not do (what better than a day spent lost in a good book on a white sand beach?)

On Tresco we have a number of accommodation options with no added supplement for those traveling solo. Current availability includes:

Rose Cottage

A cosy and beautiful whitewashed granite cottage located near the Church at the heart of the island. Outside, Rose Cottage enjoys an informal lawned garden with established shrubs backing onto pasture, whilst inside the log burner keeps the cottage cosy throughout the year.

Current availability:
13th – 20th April (£960)
12th – 19th October (£660)
19th – 26th October (£660)
26th October – 2nd November (£660)


Enjoying unparalleled views across the Great Pool from its balcony style bedroom, Snipe is a popular small apartment located moments from Farm Beach, the Flying Boat restaurant and many other island amenities. The perfect base for discovering Tresco.

Current availability:
11th – 18th April (£600)
4th – 11th July (£800)
11th – 18th July (£1240)
1sy – 8th August (£1240)
10th – 17th October (£545)

The New Inn

Our cosy, friendly pub at the heart of the island community. Enjoy the sea view from your room, relax in the cosy residents’ lounge, join locals and visitors in the Driftwood Bar or take a stroll to enjoy everything on your doorstep.

We have a small double sea view room at The New Inn which is available for single occupancy with no added supplement for solo travellers, by the night or for short breaks, depending on availability.

Current availability:
14th and 29th July
8th and 22nd August
27th August and 3rd September
19th and 30th September
21st and 31st October

Traveling solo can be uplifting, eye-opening, rewarding and inspiring. Contact us at the Island Office on +44 (0)1720 422849 for more information on all of our options for solo travel accommodation.

"I often have a few days on my own on Tresco. Whether it's exploring the island or eating out, I feel totally comfortable. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and I feel so safe."

Gill, Regular Visitor

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