Great Bay, St. Martin's
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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.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Seasonal dog ban
OS Explorer Map 101: Isles of Scilly
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: