Halangy Down

Isles of Scilly

While Neolithic settlers probably only visited Scilly sporadically, by the Iron Age settlers had arrived and made a life here, eking out a living by fishing and farming. The remains of one of their villages can still be seen on the edge of Halangy Down, consisting of one large courtyard house and several smaller roundhouses dating from around 200 BC, complete with hearths and exterior walls.

Like their modern-day descendants, they clearly liked a good sea view, even in the Iron Age.

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1. Bant's Carn

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One of the best-preserved Neolithic chamber tombs in the Scilly Islands, on the northwest side of the island on the edge of Halangy Down. It's still…

2. Porthloo


A small west-facing beach within easy walking distance of Hugh Town, with good soft sand and a couple of offshore islands. It's backed by a working…

3. Holy Vale Winery

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This dynamic little winery specialises in tutored wine tastings, but it's working on its own vines too (it produced its first vintage in 2014). The 'wine…

4. Watermill Cove

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5. Isles of Scilly Museum

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6. Buzza Hill

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Climb the hill behind Hugh Town for a great sunset spot. There's also a small chamber tomb here.

7. Porthcressa

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8. Pelistry Bay

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