Western Bermuda

Overview

Introduction

The parishes of Southampton and Sandys form the "hook" of Bermuda, sometimes known as the West End. Many of the sights lie on Somerset and Ireland islands, which are connected by short bridges to the main island. They're a half-hour drive from Hamilton. Ferries also run from Hamilton to several stops on both islands. It takes about a day to see the area.


One stop to make in Southampton Parish is Gibb's Hill Lighthouse (about 5 mi/8 km southwest of Hamilton), the oldest cast-iron structure in the world. It offers fantastic views of the islands and ocean.


Somerset Island is a charming and sleepy place. Visitors should take the time to visit Fort Scaur, which offers extensive views of Bermuda.


The road continues from Somerset and, after crossing two small islets, reaches Ireland Island, site of the Royal Naval Dockyard, one of Bermuda's premier attractions. There, visitors will find the National Museum of Bermuda, Dolphin Quest Bermuda, the Commissioner's House and plenty of shops and restaurants.


The local icon is an old navy storehouse with twin 100-ft/31-m towers—one for a clock, one for a tidal indicator—and walls 3 ft/1 m thick.


Those who are up for more walking can explore the 21-mi-/34-km-long Bermuda Railway Trail.

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