The Garrison peninsula above Porthcressa Beach at the rear of Hugh Town on St. Mary’s.
Paths take you around the peninsula and you can well understand the strategic importance of the garrison. As you walk you will see the walls, various battery locations and the castle.
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- Porthcressa beach is a sandy beach located within Hugh Town on the Scilly Isles. It is the southern and sandiest of the two Hugh Town beaches. The water in Porthcressa Bay is a gentle slope and good for swimming and snorkelling. Facilities include promenade, toilets, cafe, no lifeguards.
- Hugh Town has two beaches with this one being not as sandy as it’s southerly neighbour Porthcressa beach. This means most visitors to Hugh Town head the short distance to Porthcressa. Facilities include car parking, slipway, and breakwater. We have no dog information for Hugh Town beach.
- Peninnis Lighthouse on St Mary’s Island in the Scilly Isles is a small automatic lighthouse consisting of a metal tower, the upper part painted white and the lower part and cupola painted black. This lighthouse was established in 1911 when it superseded the lighthouse on St Agnes which had been in operation since 1680.
- The Bar beach is a small sandbar that joins St. Agnes to the island of Gugh. The beach disappears at high tide but when available the two bays either side are sheltered and ideal for swimming and snorkelling. St. Agnes is small and everything is within walking distance although you still have only a choice of a few cafes and a small shop.
- Periglis Beach is a curving sandy beach on the northwest side of St Agnes that forms a natural harbour. The beach provides safe swimming and on lower tides has many rockpools to explore. The island just offshore is Burnt Island which can be reached by a rocky spit at low tide. The beach has two slipways where one used to be for the St Agnes lifeboat station.
- Bant’s Carn Burial Chamber and Halangy Down Ancient Village. The remains of an Iron Age village in a scenic location. With a Bronze Age burial mound, entrance passage and inner chamber.
- Port Hellick Beach sits in a sheltered tidal inlet on St Mary’s south coast and the beach at low tide offers a wide expanse of sand and rocks. This is not really a location for sitting on the beach but offers a great natural landscape. A shingle bar provides a freshwater pool (Higher Moors and Porth Hellick Pool) behind the beach that is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the ″wide diversity of habitats with several rare and notable plant species″and making this an important stop-off for migrating and wintering birds. Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Admiral of the Fleet was temporarily buried on the beach after he was washed up here when his ship struck the rocks on 22nd October 1707, with the loss of her entire crew of about 800 men. Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s body, along with the bodies of his two stepsons and that of Captain Edmund Loades, were washed up on Porth Hellick Cove the following day. The body was subsequently exhumed by order of Queen Anne and finally laid to rest in Westminster Abbey on 22nd December 1707. A small memorial marker marks the site where he was washed ashore. The beach has no facilities.
- Beady Pool Beach is a remote beach located on the south of St Agnes and faces east although the island is very narrow here and you have the option of going to Porth Askin just behind which is westerly facing. The beach is not brilliant sand but is a mix of sand and rocks backed by heathland that is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The name is thought to come from the beads washed up from a 17th-century Venetian shipwreck that was carrying ceramic beads. The beach has no facilities.
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- Star Castle Hotel is just a short 5-minute walk from Hugh Town and the beach. The hotel is nestled on the Garrison, it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding islands. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi for all guests, a heated indoor swimming pool, complimentary golf and tennis.
- The Atlantic is a 1-minute walk from the beach. On the beautiful Hugh Town seafront of St Mary’s Island, The Atlantic offers bright, individually decorated rooms and fresh, seasonal food. The ferry terminal is just 5 minutes’ walk away and operates to and from Penzance.
- Karma St. Martin’s is a 1-minute walk from the beach and is just 40 yards from the beachfront in St Martins. This charming property features a spa, bar and restaurant, and offers rooms with sea views. Each bright room has an attractive decoration with nautical touches and all rooms have free WiFi, heating, a flat-screen TV, and tea and coffee-making facilities.
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