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, while 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 that offers refreshments
  • Difficulty level

    Level 3: Medium

  • Duration


  • Max. passengers


  • Booking Code


  • From

    $ 79

  • 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 Land’s End, the south-westernmost point of the British Isles. With a total population of just over 2,000, an exceptionally mild climate, beautiful flowers, and numerous white-sand beaches, they are also known for their friendly locals, birds, turquoise waters, and ancient sites and monuments. The Isles of Scilly are a haven of peace and tranquility, 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 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 a history that spans 350 years, including defenses forming one of the most remarkable and impressive coastal defense 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. Its name derives from the shape of its eight-sided central keep, curtain wall, and dry moat.

Return with your guide to the quay for your tender back to the ship or stay and explore Hugh Town at your 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 the tide) from the tender from the quay The ground is uneven and hilly in places.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.

  • Language: English.