An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

49.954852, -6.261778
Distance: 500 metres
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 10 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Eastern Isles, Isles of Scilly
  • Size: 1.6 hectares
  • Terrain: Beach and small path through bracken
  • Access: Kayak, boat
  • Height gain: 23 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 101
  • Starting point: Landing beach (GR SV 944 147)
  • Accommodation/food:

    There are no facilities on Nornour but plenty in nearby St Martin’s or St Mary’s

  • Island Summary:

    This walk on the tiny uninhabited island of Nornour, includes the astonishing ruins of an Iron Age village as well as amazing views  from the island’s high point of the Eastern Isles and beyond

  • Look out for:
    • Ancient Ruins
    • Stunning views from the highpoint
    • Swimming with seals
  • Route description:

    The walk on Nornour starts on the landing beach, near the south west corner of the island. Head uphill, along the faint path north of the ruins to climb to the high point. At low tide it is also possible to cross the rocky tombolo to reach Great Ganilly

  • Getting there:

    Nornour may be visited as part of a guided tour with Scilly’s resident historian Dr Katherine Sawyer of Scilly Walks. Otherwise kayak or hire a boat

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