The walking tour on the gorgeous Island of St. Mary’s, the largest of the Isles of Scilly, will take you to the Garrison. This is the heavily fortified headland surrounding Star Castle, the frontline of England’s defences since the 16th century. On the hill at the far end of Porthmellon Beach, you’ll find Harry’s Walls, an unfinished fort dating back to 1551 and the reign of Edward VI. This walk offers lovely views of the other island and was voted the best coastal walk in Britain in a “Times” survey in 2010.
We enter the Garrison through the old Garrison gateway and follow the coastal footpath. Our guide will be pointing out the islands surrounding the Garrison, as well as giving some historical background while we pass the batteries. Towards the end of the walk we will climb the hill up to Star Castle to enjoy sweeping panoramas of the islands and some refreshments.
Difficulty level: 3
Included: Refreshment at Star Castle hotel
Walking information: Uneven path, some steep up and down hill footpaths. Paths can be narrow at some places.