Pentle Bay is possibly the finest beach on Tresco. It lies on the southeast coast and is bounded by Lizard Point at its northern end and Skirt Island to the south.
Pentle Bay is a long crescent of very pale Scillonian sand backed by low dunes, looking northeast to St. Martin's. From its southern end the view changes to that of the Eastern Isles including Little and Great Ganilly and Great Arthur.
Behind the beach lies Tresco Great Pool, popular with bird watchers; Tresco Abbey, Tresco Abbey Gardens and the Valhalla Shipwreck Museum.
Access to Pentle Bay from the main settlement at New Grimsby is best via the (Great) Pool Road or otherwise across the island along the Racket Town Road to the Old Blockhouse before heading south east along the coast to the beach.
There are no facilities, or lifeguard cover at Pentle Bay and a seasonal dog ban applies between the 1st May and 30th September. In fact, Tresco is the only island where dogs are not permitted to stay; however you may visit the island for the day as long as you keep the dog on a lead.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Seasonal dog ban
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: