Fort Scaur and Park - Bermuda
Fort Scaur is located at the western end of Bermuda in Somerset and on the highest hill top. You can reach the fort by bus #7 or 8 that operate between Hamilton City and Royal Naval Dockyard. This fort was built in 1870s at the time when the relationship between British and the Americans were strained. The fort was built in such a way that it was barely visible from the sea.
The idea was to protect Royal Naval Dockyard
from any possible land attacks. This was the time when the British thought that the Americans could try to seize the Dockyard and use it as their port. It's an inland fort that was built to defend any land based attacks from the south shore.
Photo: JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD, cc by sa 3.0
Ironically, although British soldiers were posted at the Fort Scaur during the World War-I, during the World War-II American soldiers were stationed here. After all Britain and U.S finally became allies during the world wars. Fort Scaur had 64 pound Muzzle Loader guns mounted on disappearing carriages. The guns and cannons no longer exist.
64-Pound British Muzzle Loader Gun at Fort Scaur
Photo: SeŠn PÚl ” Creachmhaoil, cc by sa 3.0
The fort has subterranean passages and a huge dry moat. There is a free telescope at the fort. From there you can see landmarks far away at the eastern end like the St. Davids Lighthouse
and the St. Catherine Fort
that are located at St George's. Stand on the rampart and you will see the Atlantic on one side and the Great Sound on the other. The view of the Great Sound from here is amazing.
Fort Scaur Bermuda
Photo: Robyn Fleming, flickr, cc by 2.0
The Fort Scaur covers an area of 22 acres of parkland filled with nice trails, picnic areas, a rocky shoreline for fishing, and a public dock. There are picnic tables, benches, and restrooms in the fort premises.
There is a Bermuda weather stone at the Fort Scaur which many believe to be a great weather forecaster. The forecast on the notice board at Fort Scaur says: "If ever it is white on top - believe it or not - it is snowing". By the way, it never snows in tropical Bermuda :-)
There is no admission fee at Fort Scaur.
The fort is open daily between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The grounds outside stays open until sunset.
107 Somerset Road, Dockyard. Phone: 441/234-0908
It's only 7kms from Dockyard and takes about 15 minutes by bus.
Bus Route: #7, 8 (both operating between Hamilton and Dockyard)
1) Check out Bermuda Forts
to know about the historic forts in Bermuda.
3) Check out Sandy's parish
to find out other great attractions in the parish.
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