Formerly a Benedictine Priory and Castle, St Michaels Mount is considered a jewel in Cornwalls crown. The picturesque and sweeping pyramid-like island features attacts a sizable tourist crowd. The castle dominated the summit of The Mount and it was the home of the St Aubyn family for 300 years. Separated from the mainland by a five hundred yard causeway of granite it can only be reached by boat when the tide is in. Inside St Michaels Mount is a host of gardens that contain many rare succulents which can be found nowhere else in Britain.
The harbour was, until nearby Penzance Harbour was constructed, the only safe place for a boat to land for miles around. The Mounts harbour saw coal and timber being imported and locally mined tin would be exported.
St Michaels Mount In and Around
Overlooking the Island of St Michael's Mount is Marazion, West Cornwall, one of the oldest towns in the Country, dating back to 308BC. Granted a Charter by Elizabeth I in 1595. Old Inns. Lots shops to browse. Marazion Beach being shallow, with miles of sand and lots of car parking is well liked by with families. Mounts Bay is popular with sailors- the red sails of the dinghies adding yet more to the already postcard scene. You may even see the local pilot gig crew out practicing on a Friday evening.
Behind the beach is Marazion Marshes , an RSPB Nature Reserve. Ospreys have sometimes been seen on their migrations too and from Africa At the far end of Mount's Bay is Penzance, a thriving town, and embarkation point for the sub tropical paradise of the Isles of Scilly by boat or helicopter. Beyond that lies the fishing village of Mousehole and the port of Newlyn, home of the second largest fishing fleet in the country not just in West Cornwall.
From Mousehole take the Coastal Footpath West, as far as Lands End if you are keen and fit, taking in Tater Du Lighthouse, unspoilt Penberth Cove Logan Rock and the Minack Theatre. Back on the Mount , on a clear day there are superb views along the South West Coast of Cornwall to the satellite dishes at Goonhilly as far as The Lizard, the most Southerly Point in mainland Britain. West Cornwall offers lots of places to stay, from guesthouses in Newlyn, overlooking the boats bobbing in the harbour, to bed and breakfast St Ives to holiday cottages St Ives Cornwall to hotels such as Housel Bay, to farm accommodation on The Lizard.