St. Michael`s Mount
I have rented a cottage in Marazion, the little village closest to St. Michael`s Mount. It is amazing to be able to see the island, with the castle rising up majestically from the sea, from nearly every point.
The island is so close to the shore that during low tide you can walk across the cobbled causeway. It feels like walking at the bottom of the sea.
You can walk there, visit the village and its two shops and cafe and restaurant for free but if you want to see the castle or gardens you have to buy a ticket. To reach the gardens you cross an emerald coloured lawn looking out to sea. They are nearly vertical, clinging onto the mountain for dear life and you feel like a goat climbing up whilst admiring the view and at the same time the stark castle walls towering over you.
From the top of the gardens you need to descend once again, walk around the mount and climb up to the castle entrance from the other side. The whole island is a National Trust property so you know what to expect. The view from the terraces are priceless though.
One the way back the tide was already in so we had to go by taxi boat (2 Pounds). It fits about 10 people and the journey can get quite choppy. But I told myself (not a good sailor!): All part of the adventure!!