Burgh Island, famously the inspiration for the setting of Dame Agatha Christie’s best-selling novel ‘And then there were none’, is an iconic tidal island across from the beautiful beaches of Bigbury-On-Sea and Bantham.
How to get to Burgh Island
The only way to get to Burgh Island is via the sandy causeway from Bigbury-On-Sea (either on the sea tractor or on foot during low tide). What follows are directions to Bigbury-On-Sea, although it’s perfectly feasible to travel by car to Bantham Beach or further along the South West Coast Path and then walk to the causeway.
Sat nav users can use the postcode TQ7 4AZ, which will take you to Bigbury-On-Sea car park.
The nearest car park to Burgh Island (at Bigbury-On-Sea) is around 12 miles from Salcombe.
- Leave Salcombe on Salcombe Road (A381).
- Turn left to stay on the A381, signposted for Plymouth, Modbury, Totnes and Thurlestone. At the roundabout go straight onto the A379, signposted for Aveton Gifford, Modbury and Plymouth.
- At the next roundabout, take the first exit, which will take you onto Tidal Road/Stakes Hill. (Note that this is tide-dependent.) Alternatively you can go straight on, following the A379, then take a left at the next roundabout, joining the B3392 and following this road until you reach Bigbury-On-Sea.
- Continue until you come to St Ann’s Chapel. At the junction, turn left, following the sign to Bigbury-On-Sea (B392).
- Follow this road until the Bigbury-On-Sea beach car park appears to your left.
Burgh Island sits about 250 m from the mainland and is criss-crossed with enticing walking trails (although be aware that the island is privately owned and access to some places is restricted).
Apart from exploring and appreciating the views, many visitors like to stop by the Pilchard Inn for a drink or snack. For centuries a haunt for smugglers and wreckers, it’s now a popular spot to sit and look back across the causeway towards Bigbury-On-Sea, watching the waves lap against both sides of the beach as the tide rises and falls – a slightly otherworldly sight, as if you’re looking at a drawing by M. C. Escher!
Visitors who are not residents at the hotel are welcome to enjoy Sunday lunch at the restaurant and can attend their black tie dinners in the evening, but not for tea, coffee or afternoon tea which are reserved for guests only. Booking is essential.
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Accommodation near Burgh Island
Bigbury-On-Sea, a charming coastal village with a Blue Flag beach, amazing views and some excellent walks along the Coast Path, is the perfect place for your holiday by the sea.
Take a look at our luxurious holiday cottages in this unforgettable spot.
25 Burgh Island Causeway (sleeps 4)
25 Burgh Island Causeway is a top-floor apartment which provides unrivalled, unforgettable views of the sandy beach and the famous island. Guests at this exclusive development in Bigbury-On-Sea are provided with access to the Leisure Club, with its indoor swimming pool, spa pool and gym.
6 Tarifa (sleeps 6)
Located just 100 metres from the beach at Bigbury-On-Sea, 6 Tarifa provides comfortable and stylish accommodation for your coastal break. There are private terraces to enable you to make the most of the sea views towards Bantham, Thurlestone and the Avon Valley.
2 Avon Quillet (sleeps 6)
2 Avon Quillet is a first-floor apartment which has been recently upgraded and decorated to a high standard, providing you with a comfortable base as well as some stunning views out towards Burgh Island and Bigbury Bay.