On a recent trip to Tenby we saw St Catherines Island. It becomes an island at high tide, but is accessible by foot at low tide.
We walked past the place a few times until we noticed we could visit the fort on the island. The fort and island has had a chequered past, having been many things in its life, from a fort, to a summer house for a wealthy family and even a zoo. Access is by a set of steps in the rock, and across a small bridge that connects the two rocks
And access to the fort is across a further bridge.
The saltwater air is taking its toll on many parts of the island and the fort. The railings are rusting. The plaster is falling from the ceilings.
In some parts it is possible to imagine the house as a summer party house for the wealthy family that had owned it in the past… open fireplace, chandeliers from the ceiling,
It was an interesting place to visit, but as it has only just opened to the public, they are still trying to open rooms that have been closed for many years. It will be interesting to go back when they open more rooms to the public.
You have to marvel at the engineering that must have gone into building something like this when it is only accessible when the tide is out.