Bant's Carn Burial Chamber and Halangy Down Ancient Village
Stepping back in time to discover the ancient ways of our ancestors is a moment that never fails to fill you with that odd sense of nostalgia.
Views from an island
When the remains of Bant's Carn Burial Chamber and Halangy Down Ancient Village come into sight, you’re probably first going to be slightly distracted.
The views that surround the ancient site are quite incredible.
From the grass pathway under your wandering feet, the land quickly becomes the rising hills of St Mary’s on one side; the ocean stretching away on the other.
On a clear day, the whole world seems to be filled with shades of blue. The sky and sea run parallel to one another, uninterrupted until their destined meeting on the horizon.
The other islands of Scilly occasionally cut through the landscape. See if you can spot St Martin’s to the northeast and it’s impossible to miss the white beaches of Tresco just to the left of that.
Step back into a different world
Inevitably, the curiosity building in you will finally turn your head towards the remains of Halangy Down.
As you roam between old stone walls and tread carefully along steps into what used to be family homes, that odd sense of nostalgia is bound to creep up.
Bronze Age life (and death)
Once you’re finished taking a stroll around the village, up the small nearby hill there’s another historical treat waiting to be discovered.
You take an even further leap back in time when you reach Bant’s Carn.
The burial chamber goes back to the Bronze Age, predating even the Iron Age village below, and reflects just how honoured death was back then.
It would’ve taken some long hours and a lot of effort to build the chamber as you see it now.
Just one adventure of many to come
We’re not too sure what’s going to draw you back to Bant’s Carn and Halangy Down.
The views are phenomenal, the history is rich and intriguing, and the nature is simply beautiful.
But one thing we're sure of? Whatever the reason, every adventure around this ancient site is one you’ll thank yourself for taking.