Burgh Island South Devon is an iconic landmark on the coast, located directly opposite Bigbury on Sea beach, famed for its links to Agatha Christie, as well as a one time haunt for pirates and smugglers.
Separated from the mainland by a beautiful sandy tidal beach, Burgh Island is only accessible on foot across the beach at low tide, or via the unique sea tractor when the tide is high.
The area of Bigbury and Burgh Island is part of the South West Coast Path - and you can spend hours wandering along the stunning coastline just looking out to sea.
If you aren't lucky enough to be staying at the Burgh Island Hotel, you can still visit the island. Take a walk around the island and discover the unique wildlife
that lives on its shores. Stop for lunch or dinner at either the Hotel or the Pilchard Inn.
BURGH ISLAND HOTEL ( click here for link to Burgh Island website )
The infamous Burgh Island Hotel sits on the island, an art-deco inspired island retreat that has housed some very famous guests, including Agatha Christie. Burgh Island features (under different names) in two of her most well known novels: "And Then There Were None" and "Evil Under The Sun". Every year during the Agatha Christie Festival the Burgh Island Hotel hosts an 'in costume' lunch, and visitors can see the actual spots on the island that made their way into Dame Agatha's books.
HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF BURGH ISLAND
The early history of Burgh Island is somewhat unknown however the remains of a chapel sit on the Island known as Huer’s Hut. Originally it is thought that the chapel was where fishermen would keep a watch for shoals of pilchard. When spotted the fishermen would make a ‘cry’ to alert other local fishermen of Bigbury. This is where the term Hue and Cry developed.
The Pilchard Inn on the island is a 14th century hideout for smugglers and pirates - and is said to be haunted.
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