Tour the majestic Pillars of Hercules. It’s is a spectacular sight to behold. The pillars are made of limestone rock, gently whittled into distinctive columns by years of the sea’s caress. The pillars take their name from the Greek mythological pillars that flank the Strait of Gibraltar.

The hike to the pillars begins with a cool uphill walk along the Shirley Height’s Lookout Trail. With volcanic rock beneath their feet hikers are sheltered by cherry trees, cacti and other foliage one either side of the trail. The trees provide a welcome reprieve from the blazing tropical sun.

The entrance to the Pillars of Hercules can only be accessed by walking along the coastline. Your guide will time your crossing of the waters with the passing tide, or if you want to get your feet wet feel free to trudge through the ocean.

The grandiose columns thick and wide stand resolute against the onslaught of the ocean, guarding the entrance of English Harbour. The depths of the oceans at this site are a perfect spot for snorkeling. There have been sightings of stingrays, dolphins and many other species of exotic tropical fish.


  • Shirley Heights National Park
  • Phenomenal limestone rock formations
  • Mermaid Basin
  • Turk Head Cactus
  • Approximately 3 hours


Galleon Beach English Harbour


  • Bottled water
  • Gatorade
  • Lucozade
  • Soft drinks
  • Packaged snacks
  • Roud trip transfers 
  • Digital pictures

What to Bring

  • Comfortable clothes (preferably long pants)
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel