Wild Wild West – Marazion to St. Ives

Take the hassle out of driving to some of the remote but beautiful spots along Cornwall`s rugged West.

We start our day in Marazion, a small town on the shore of Mounts Bay, with an active community of artists and galleries for exploration. From here a visit to St. Micheals Mount can be added into your day, weather and tide permitting, you can either walk the causeway or catch a boat to the village, which is free to visit. There is a charge for entrance to the castle grounds, home of the St Aubyn family.

From here we make our way around Mounts Bay to Penzance and Newlyn, taking in panoramic views of the mount. Penzance is home to the famous Jubilee Pool, an Art Deco Lido with its geothermal pool heated to a balmy 32 degrees.  We then pass through Newlyn, Cornwall`s busiest fishing port before arriving at Mousehole. A walk in this stunning location has everything you could wish for in a Cornish fishing village; narrow streets, cottages huddled on the harbour, a breakwater to stroll on and at low tide a perfect sandy beach within the harbour walls. A visit in the winter to see the famous lights is a must.

After taking the sea air at Mousehole we move onto Porth Curno and the Minack theatre. Cut into the sides of the cliff the theatre is a unique performance space, overlooking the gorgeous Porth Curno beach with views across the bay. Here you can take a pre-booked tour of the theatre and gardens and learn of its fascinating history or just wander the cliff path to the beach where you may be lucky enough to spot a wide variety of marine wildlife, including Basking Sharks, which are attracted to this part of Mounts Bay.

Heading further west there is an option to go to Lands End, the most Westerly point of mainland Britain or to head straight for Sennan, a great spot for a bite to eat with views of the Atlantic and Longships Lighthouse.

From Sennan we head to St Just, once the centre of the tin mining industry with disused engine houses dominating the landscape. We also visit Cape Cornwall, a hump backed cove rising 229 feet above sea level offering views over the western approaches. This area is filled with historic places to visit from standing stones to famous lighthouses and the iconic Crown Engine House perched on the cliffs at Botallick. With so much to explore, a bespoke itinerary can be planned so that you and your party do not miss out.

We end the day at St. Ives, famous for its sandy harbour beach, great light for artists and delightful seafood restaurants.

This tour can be customised to include areas of interest for your party. Please note the quoted price does not include entrance to various attractions. We are happy to assist with booking these and any hospitality you may require.

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