Gun powder, shell caves and detention cells

Carrying on our wet and windy tour of the lovely little Isles of Scilly. Here we take a tour of the defences of the Garrison on St Mary’s.

They form one of the most remarkable and impressive coastal defence systems in England complete with tiny detention cell.

227666_19958632352_4923_n

There’s also a a sunken powder magazine, later called the Rocket House. Here’s one of the powder barrels.

222811_19958627352_4614_n

Another feature to be found on the isles is this ornate, shell encrusted cavern that offers a brief respite from the driving rain!

230216_19958657352_6187_n

Rain aside, the scenery is stunning, here’s a peep through the window of another of the isle’s fortification, The Blockhouse.

225801_19958662352_6511_n (1) 224276_19958702352_9188_n 229336_19958622352_4303_n

The Old Blockhouse, also known as the Dover Fort, is a 16th-century fortification on the island of Tresco. It was built between 1548 and 1551 by the government of Edward VI to protect the islands against French attack.

You can see for miles and the gorse bushes add a splash of colour to the scene.

224211_19958742352_1765_n

It’s a beautiful place to spend a few days, exploring the islands and chilling out on the beautiful beaches.

226291_19958757352_2736_n

Advertisements

Flash back to the Scilly Isles

Just checking in and keeping the ole blog ticking along until the next trip! However I have found a real throw back trip to keep you going!

I visited the glorious Scilly Isles way back in 2006 (hence the fresh faced look in the photos!) We stayed on St Mary’s, the largest of the islands.

Air access to the islands is via St Mary’s airport. The scheduled helicopter service, which previously linked Penzance heliport with St Mary’s Airport sadly ended in 2012 so you can’t arrive in style like we did!

225581_19958617352_3989_n

St. Mary’s is the only island with a significant road network; in 2005 there were only 619 registered vehicles on the island!! You can hire electric powered golf cart type buggies for use on the island’s road network though.

During our trip we visited the beautiful Tresco Abbey Gardens.

228236_19958652352_5872_n

Due to its unique situation, the sub-tropical Abbey Gardens hosts thousands of plants.

227251_19958697352_8835_n

All in all, the tropical garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.

231036_19958672352_7182_n

Here’s some succulent semperviums.

222326_19958667352_6858_n

They grow in every crack and crevice!

227801_19958637352_5243_n

You can take a stroll around the atmospheric ruins of St Nicholas Priory.

It was founded in the early 12th century by Benedictine monks and it was where the first plants of the Abbey Garden were planted in the mid-nineteenth century.

222841_19958682352_7852_n

The garden is also home to a collection of shipwrecked figureheads, which are displayed at the Valhalla museum.

228146_19958692352_8521_n

Next up the weather might have been a bit naff but the scenery certainly wasn’t!! Stay tuned 🙂