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Dropnose Point lies on the east coast of Gugh, near St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly; Grid Reference: SV 89192 08265. It looks northeast across St Mary's Sound to the main island of St Mary's. The beach consists of quite coarse pale yellow sand and rocks and is sheltered by Carn Kimbra to the north and Dropnose Point to the south.
The island of Gugh is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and is a favourite with birdwatchers. On the southern part of the island large colonies of lesser-black-blacked (Larus fuscus graellsii) and herring gull (Larus argentatus) breed, as do a small number of greater black-backed gull (Larus marinus).
Gugh is known to have been occupied from at least the Neolithic (New Stone Age) with remains of entrance graves and Bronze Age cairns still visible. There is a distinct lack of archaeology, most likely due to the acidic soils destroying any evidence. This makes dating difficult but the few pottery remains found indicate they are late Neolithic or early Bronze Age.
At Kittern Hill there are five entrance graves, including Obadiah's Barrow (excavated 1901). There is also a cluster of fourteen cairns which are linked by prehistoric field walls or banks but the relationship between the two is not established. The famous 'Old Man of Gugh' lies nearby at the foot of Kittern Hill. It is a 2.7 m tall standing stone or menhir and is the only menhir to be excavated on Scilly. There were no finds.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map 101: Isles of Scilly
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: