Enjoy a relaxing walking tour of Stanley with a historical bent that traces the capital's origins, British influences and wartime contributions.
After disembarking from the tender, you'll follow a well-informed local guide who'll reveal the fascinating history of Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Walking east, you'll first encounter the Cross of Sacrifice, which commemorates those who lost their lives in World War I and World War II. It stands in front of the Stanley Cemetery, where some of the city's early settlers are buried. Many of the inscriptions on the tombstones record the courage and spirit of the pioneers, who started arriving in the mid-1800s.
Then, heading uphill along Davis Street, you'll be treated to a sweeping view of Stanley before reaching Cartmell Cottage, one of the city's first homes. It was erected in 1849 as one of 30 prefabricated kit homes sent from Britain for a detachment of military pensioners who came to settle the islands. The cottage's original ground floor is furnished in an 1850's style.
You'll also see the inside of a more recently constructed home that's become a guesthouse. Here, proprietor Kay McCullem will warmly welcome you with hot tea and freshly baked biscuits and cake, while chatting about everyday life in Stanley. Afterwards, you'll walk along the seafront before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes nearly 2-hours of moderate walking and one fairly steep hill to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Warm, waterproof clothing; cap; sunglasses; and flat, sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended.