Thursday, 17 January 2013

Burgh Island

Burgh Island is a small, privately owned island off the coast of south Devon. It has a magnificent hotel which has been restored to its former Art Deco glory, and it costs an arm and a leg to stay there! But for a very special occasion, it would be on my list of possibles. You can visit the island and walk around and explore. There's also a pub called the Pilchard Inn where you can rest and have a drink.

The island is accessible on foot when the tide is out, but has a unique means of getting there when the tide is in - a sea tractor. I went to the island several years ago by sea tractor - it's a quirky vehicle. The island is reputed to be the setting for one of Agatha Christie's mystery novels - "Ten Little N*gg*ers" (a very un-pc title, which I gather has now been changed to "And then there were none"), She had a large country house nearby, by the River Dart.

When I was there in the autumn of 2012, the sun was setting and it was cold - but picturesque. Here are some photos.

The island with the sun setting behind it. The hotel is on the left and the inn on the right

The sea tractor returing to the mainland beach
Sea tractor nears the mainland slipway....
....and then makes the return journey
The sun sets behind the island

1 comment:

James Cook said...

Some fantastic shots of the sea tractor with Burgh Island in the background! I have always enjoyed photographing Burgh Island - there is something quite unique about it.