The Isles of Scilly boast a number of ancient sites dotted around the archipelago, including some well preserved settlement ruins and burial chambers. Before the end of the last Ice Age some 10,000 years ago, the Isles of Scilly was one large island known as ‘Ennor’. The original inhabitants came across to the islands from nearby Cornwall some 3,000 years ago and brought their local customs and beliefs with them.
Bant’s Carn Burial Chamber, St Mary’s
Located on the north-west coast of St Mary’s, this burial chamber is well preserved and dates back to somewhere between 2,500-4,500 BC. Overlooking Halangy Down Village and further to the channel to Tresco, it makes for a fantastic photo opportunity. The site is maintained by English Heritage and is free to access.
Halangy Down Village, St Mary’s
Situated on the slope below Bant’s Carn, this Iron Age settlement, built around 200 BC, consists of a large courtyard and several round houses. The site is free to access.
Innisidgen, St Mary’s
Consisting of two chambered tombs on Halvear Down in the north-east of St Mary’s, Innisidgen overlooks Crow Sound. The lower tomb is quite worn but the upper has been fully restored by English Heritage and is an excellent example of a Bronze Age burial chamber.
Isles of Scilly Museum, St Mary’s
The quaint Isles of Scilly Museum in Hugh Town has a number of ancient artifacts from the archipelago’s history on display, and is a short but highly recommended visit.