St Michael’s Mount is one of the jewels of Cornwall, majestically located in Mount’s Bay. The castle adorned mount is a small tidal island that is accessible by foot via its cobbled causeway during low tide or by boat during high tide. On a glorious sunny day it is undoubtedly one of Cornwall’s most stunning sights.
The jewel in the crown of the island is the fairytale castle that sits on top – within it the history and secrets of the island can be discovered. As it’s situated so close to the sea it has its own microclimate which allows a whole host of unexpected plants to grow. It wasn’t so long ago in 2013 that the Queen herself paid it a visit. The tiny island is home to thirty people who commute from the island for school and work.
St Michael’s island is always open to the public however if you wish to walk across the causeway it’s worth checking out in advance when it is open in accordance with the tide. If not, you can always take the short ferry ride across.
The views out across Marazion are pretty stunning too. When the tide inevitably comes back in it usually sends a flurry of people back across the causeway to avoid getting stranded. We made it back just in the nick of time without getting our shoes wet, luckily.
Marazion, the home of St Michael’s Mount, is Cornwall’s oldest town, filled with quaint stone cottages, souvenir shops and Cornish pubs.
Marazion beach itself is a stunning place to spend an afternoon, with its mile long stretch of fine sand – not to mention the view of the Mount! It’s also a big hotspot for surfers. You can see the beach in all its 360 degree glory here.
If you’ve yet to visit St Michael’s Mount then I can’t urge you enough to do so. When the sun is shining and the sea is glistening it really is one of the most beautiful sights to see in the UK.