Admire the lush Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly.

Delightful St Mary’s Garrison Walk

Learn about the history of the Isles of Scilly on a guided tour of St Mary’s Garrison enjoying spectacular views of Bryher and Tresco.

  • Guided tour of St Mary’s Garrison.
  • Learn about the history of the Isles.
  • Spectacular views of Bryher and Tresco.
  • Star Castle – now a hotel for refreshments.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 3: Active - good mobility needed

  • Duration

    2h

  • Max. passengers

    50

  • Booking code

    E-IOS3

  • From

    59 €

  • Notices

    Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. 

The Isles of Scilly are an archipelago of five inhabited islands and other small rocky islets situated 28 miles from Lands End, the most South Westerly point of the British Isles. With a total population of just over two thousand, an exceptionally mild climate, beautiful flowers and countless white sandy beaches, they are also known for their friendliness, birds, clear turquoise sea and ancient sites and monuments. The Isles of Scilly are a beautiful haven of peace and tranquillity, loved by visitors and locals alike. 

Join your  guide at St Mary’s quay and enjoy a short introductory talk about the history of the Isles. Traces of human life on Scilly stretch back at least 8,000 years, when the islands were one large land-mass that was home to nomadic hunter-gatherers. Their flint tools still sometimes turn up today, on beaches and in fields. 

Depart on foot for a guided tour of St Mary’s Garrison. Discover how with a history that spans 350 years, its defences form one of the most remarkable and impressive coastal defence systems in England. Enjoy spectacular views across to the islands of Bryher and Tresco before making your way to Star Castle for a cup of tea or coffee. Now a hotel, Star Castle was built as an impregnable fortress back in 1593 and gets its name from the shape of its eight-sided central keep, curtain wall and dry moat. 

Return to the quay with your guide, for your tender back to the ship or stay and explore Hugh Town at leisure.  

Practical information: 

  • Included: Cup of tea or coffee. 

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. 

  • Walking information: Approximately 1.5 miles in total, up to 24 steps (depending on tide) from the tender from the Quay. The ground is uneven and hilly in places. 

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.

  • Language: English.