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Great Bay, St. Martin's

Great Bay, St. Martin's beach, Cornwall. Copyright image.
Copyright © Nick Kaye

Great Bay lies on the northeast coast of St. Martins, Isles of Scilly.

Northeast-facing it is sheltered to the southeast by Turfy Hill Point and to the northwest by Top Rock Hill. The smaller beach to its northwest is known as Little Bay and is separated from it by Little Merrick Ledge.

The beach consists of typical Scillonian pale golden sand and is backed by grassy dunes and low cliffs.

Great Bay was the site of the shipwreck of the barque 'Tabasco', wrecked just off Turfy Hill Point on 24th March 1879. She was on her maiden voyage, carrying bottled beer and coal from Greenock. It is thought that her captain mistook the Seven Stones lightship for Trevose Head.

There are no facilities, or lifeguard cover at Great Bay although the settlements of Middle Town and Higher Town are not all that far away.

A seasonal dog ban applies on this beach between the 1st May and 30th September.

Facilities

 Flora and Fauna

 Sandy beach

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Interesting geology

 Seasonal dog ban

OS Explorer Map 101: Isles of Scilly

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.

Local area

Local Accommodation

Cottages

Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Isles of Scilly, Sennen, Sennen Cove and St Just.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowSt Just

arrowPenzance

arrowMarazion

arrowHayle

Hotels

Hotels

Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowIsles of Scilly

	arrowHugh Town

	arrowPenzance

	arrowSt Just

Caravans

Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Isles of Scilly, Sennen, Porthcurno and St Just.

Nearby Attractions

Attractions

There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:

Tresco

	arrowTresco Abbey Gardens

Land's End

	arrowLegendary Land's End

Porthcurno

	arrowPorthcurno Telegraph Museum

St. Just

	arrowLevant Mine and Beam Engine

	arrowPendeen Lighthouse

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