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.


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


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


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

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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.


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


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!


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.


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


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


Here’s some succulent semperviums.


They grow in every crack and crevice!


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.


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


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