Dating back to the 1860s, Fort Scaur is a historic piece of fortification that was built to protect the island and dockyard from attacks by America during a time of unrest between Great Britain and the United States. Fort Scaur is built high atop a hill in Somerset, which at one point was ideal for giving the guards a clear vantage point of approaching enemy ships, and today is a draw for visitors who can use Fort Scaur as a scenic lookout point to get some great photos of Bermuda. From Fort Scaur, there are excellent views of Ely’s Harbour and Great Sound. Fort Scaur was used during World War I and World War II, stationing both British and American troops. Those who love the history of maritime proceedings and war will enjoy touring the fort and learning what each section was for. Those more inclined to visit Fort Scaur due to its surrounding beauty will enjoy walking around the 22 acres of gardens surrounding the fort.
There are also picnic tables, ideal for taking a rest or enjoying a packed lunch.
Fort Scaur is located in Somerset and is an easy visit for travelers arriving to the island via King’s Wharf. There are also public buses that service Fort Scaur from Hamilton. Fort Scaur is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and has free admission.