Travelling a short 31 miles from Lodge Nine, you will arrive at Burgh Island, an iconic South Devon landmark, located directly opposite Bigbury on Sea beach. The island is accessible at low tide by a strip of sand which at high tide is completely covered, leaving a ride on the unique sea tractor as the only means of access.
As well as the sea tractor the island is famed for its links to Agatha Christie, the art-deco inspired hotel and as well as a one time haunt for pirates and smugglers.
The tidal passageway that separates the mainland from the island is a beautiful sandy beach which is ideal for lazy beach days and sandcastle building while you admire views of the island.
A walk around the island will let you explore the remains of the chapel or discover an abundance of wildlife that lives on its shores. If you fancy a break, visit the Pilchard Inn on the shoreline for a fresh baguette or pint.
Burgh Island sits just off the South West Coast Path and many hours can be spent wandering along the stunning coastline looking out to sea and back towards the island.
The Burgh Island Hotel
The infamous art-deco inspired Burgh Island Hotel sits on the island, this island retreat has housed some very famous guests, including Agatha Christie. Although under different names Burgh Island featured in two of her most well-known novels; “And Then There Were None” and “Evil Under The Sun”. The hotel is open to non-residents for black tie evening meals and Sunday lunch.
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. Initially, it is thought that the chapel was where fishers 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 extremely haunted.