We were fortunate to board the first local tender boat as soon as Azamara Journey was cleared. The weather had also cleared; there was a wind which made it feel cool but it was sunny and if the wind died at all the temperature seemed to shoot up immediately.
Our tender was an open boat and the trip to the dock was about 20 minutes long through which we were treated with beautiful scenery all the way from Azamara Journey to the shore.
This day turned out to be quite different from those preceding it on this trip because the main feature of this port of call was the natural beauty of the surroundings. We knew there were remains of two castles at the north end of the island, so we did plan our route to get there before the day was done. That’s not to say that Tresco was void of things to see beside nature and the landscape. Our route took us past the Fresco Abbey and its Abbey Gardens as well as some of the inhabited areas with local shops and attractions.
We kept fairly close to the shore as we worked our way up the island to the first visible ruin known as Cromwell’s Castle. The name “Castle” is a bit of stretch, with it really being a costal gun tower built on the island in 1651 and expanded in 1739. It further fortified the island that had been poorly protected by the then existing nearby fort known as King Charles’ Castle. We made our way to the ruins of the older fortification that had been built between 1548 and 1551. Some of the stones from King Charles’ Castle had been removed to build Cromwell’s Castle so it was more of a ruin than its slightly newer neighbour. There was one other fortification on the other side of the Tresco built in the same era, but we decided against heading that way for this day’s walking tour.
The scenery on Tresco was beautiful as was unmistakable aromas along the sea shore. It was an enjoyable day walking and exploring this quaint island. It is interesting to note that Tresco is a car-free island. We did see some work/delivery vehicles, but the lack of cars made Tresco quite a relaxing place to visit.
From taking the first tender off Azamara Journey on arrival it seemed fitting that we caught the last scheduled tender from the New Grimsby Quay back to the ship. Just as with the earlier trip, it was in an open tender boat and rain started as we made our way back to Azamara Journey. We certainly did get wet returning to the ship.
The less than ideal ride back to the ship meant it was a good idea for some showers before dinner at the main Discoveries Restaurant. Following dinner we did wander a bit on the ship and returned to Discoveries Lounge just outside the restaurant for a nice drink before heading to the Cabaret Lounge to check out the evening show. It had already started, but we saw enough to know we weren’t going stick around and decided to head back to our room. It had been a good day in the picturesque Isles of Scilly.
WHITEonline is the digital home of Gary & Linda White. We’ve been married since 1980 and live just outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Linda was born and raised in Toronto while Gary was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of 11. We enjoy travelling and taking photos while we travel. WHITEonline provides the opportunity to share some of our photos & experiences.