THE IN­HAB­ITED IS­LANDS

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There are four in­hab­ited is­lands be­sides St Mary’s, with Tresco be­ing the se­cond largest at 1.15 sq miles. It boasts numer­ous Civil War sites, in­clud­ing King Charles’ Cas­tle, a 16th cen­tury fort. Tresco is per­haps best known for its Abbey Gar­dens, a sub-trop­i­cal par­adise, home to species from Brazil to New Zealand. St Martin’s is the north­ern­most of the ar­chi­pel­ago and splits its pop­u­la­tion of just 136 be­tween the set­tle­ments of Higher Town, Mid­dle Town and Lower Town. It of­fers vis­i­tors quiet coastal walks, two quays, and a vine­yard to ex­plore. Bry­her’s pop­u­la­tion is smaller still, with only 84 res­i­dents and a max­i­mum width of just 0.62 miles. From here, walk­ers can cross to the neigh­bour­ing un­in­hab­ited is­land of Sam­son at low tide. The southerly is­land of St Agnes is the least pop­u­lous, with only 82 res­i­dents. It has a his­toric light­house and a peb­ble maze, be­lieved to date to me­dieval times.

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