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As you can imagine, Scilly's heritage revolves largely around the sea, and this maritime heritage is something the locals are quite rightly proud of. Traditional pastimes are farming, fishing and pilot gig rowing - all of which prosper on the islands today.
The history of this small group of islands is in great evidence and there are some fascinating sites that await you. On St Marys there's Bant's Carn, an ancient grave dating from the Bronze Age and close by is Halangy Down, an Iron Age settlement. On St. Helen's, Tean and St. Martin's you can discover the remains of early Christian chapels. You can be left in awe by a number of mesmerizing standing stones at Long Rock, St. Mary's, the Old Man of Gugh and the Menhir on Chapel Down, St. Martin's.
It's fascinating to look at the past lives of the inhabitants on Scilly. Stories about the Tudors and the Civil War are brought to life at The Star Castle on the Garrison on St. Mary's and amongst the castle ruins at Cromwell's Castle on Tresco.
The adventurer in you will seek out shipwrecks, ancient burial chambers, deserted villages, hidden treasures and flint tools washed up on the beaches. This is a truly magical place to visit.