Exploring St Mary's Garrison, Isles of Scilly, UK

Walking around the Garrison on St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

It’s taking longer than expected to organise all my photos from the Isles of Scilly, so to avoid further delay in posting something from this stunning archipelago I thought I’d start by sharing a highlight: walking around the fortified walls (the Garrison).

The defensive walls on the island of St Mary’s were built in stages from 1588, after the defeat of the Spanish Armada and while the islanders were fearful of another attack (which never materialised). It was decided that the best spot was The Hugh, and so the walls were built, renovated and extended around this headland over the next couple of hundred years.

The Garrison gate at St Mary's, Isles of ScillyWalking along St Mary's ancient city walls, Isles of Scilly, UKThe higher battery of St Mary's defensive city walls, Isles of Scilly, EnglandSt Mary's city walls, Isles of Scilly, EnglandView over Hugh Town on St Mary's, Isles of ScillyView over St Mary's from the historic city walls, Isles of ScillyThe capital of Hugh Town on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Amazingly, the Garrison has been used for defence ever since–until as recently as the First World War. These days you can explore it for free.

It was actually my birthday the day we arrived on the Isles of Scilly; while I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen to spend some of the big day hiking it was the best time for us to squeeze in this activity so that’s what we did. And it ended up being the perfect afternoon (plus, it meant that evening’s calorific dinner was kind-of guilt-free).

Garrison walls walk, St Mary's, Isles of ScillyPorthcressa Beach on St Mary's, Isles of ScillyWild flowers growing on the Garrison, St Mary's, Isles of ScillyGarrison walls walk on St Mary's, Isles of ScillyGarrison battery, St Mary's, Isles of ScillyTips for exploring the Garrison (city walls) on St Mary's, Isles of ScillySt Mary's Garrison (City Walls), Isles of ScillyHistoric city walls AKA the Garrison, St Mary's, Isles of ScillyThe English Channel as seen from the Garrison on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Walking all the way around the Garrison takes about an hour. There’s plenty to see besides the (obviously) amazing views, and we were treated to beautiful weather; this girl’s milk bottle legs actually caught some sun!

One of the more interesting things inside the walls is Star Castle, built in 1593. It’s now a hotel, restaurant and bar–and a great stop after your little hike. We enjoyed a locally-brewed pint on the battlements before the weather turned, when we headed down to the Dungeon Bar (previously the island’s prison).

Basically, it was an ideal start to our time on Scilly.

The historic Garrison (city walls) on St Mary's, Isles of ScillyCannons at the historic Garrison, St Mary's, Isles of ScillyWalking around the Garrison, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, EnglandHiking around the Garrison on St Mary's, Isles of ScillyWalking around The Garrison on St Mary's, Isles of ScillyA sunset walk around St Mary's Garrison on the Isles of Scilly, EnglandWalking on the Isles of Scilly: around The Garrison, St Mary's island

Further reading:

What I wore:
ASOS denim playsuit (similar)
Saltwater Sandals
Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis straw tote

Memorial bench overlooking the sea on St Mary's, Isles of ScillyWalking on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, CornwallPlaces to walk on St Mary's, Isles of ScillyExploring St Mary's old Garrison defensive walls, Isles of ScillyThe historic Star Castle, now a hotel on St Mary's, Isles of ScillyInside the old Star Castle fort on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

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3 thoughts on “Walking around the Garrison on St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly”

  1. That flaming hill up past Star Castle has got a lot steeper in the last 35 years now that I’m 70. :) We stayed at Garrison Farm in June. Spend a day walking around an island, then back up there every day. Coming back next year but staying near Porthcressa beach Thanks for sharing these photos.

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