If you didn’t manage to get a window seat on the plane, or simply got too inebriated on complimentary beverages, you can still get a bird’s eye view of Bermuda from the top of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. Unfortunately you’re going to have to climb 185 steps for the privilege.
Constructed in 1844 the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse is the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the world. The hill on which the lighthouse stands is 245 feet high while the lighthouse itself measures 117 feet. A 1,000 watt bulb sits inside a lens revolving in a trough of 1,200 pounds of mercury. The light beam it emits can be seen by ships 40 miles away and from a distance of 120 miles by a plane flying at 10,000 feet.
Most of Bermuda, including South Shore Park, Hamilton, the Fairmont Southampton hotel and the Great Sound, can be seen from the top of the lighthouse. Between late February and May you may also spot whales migrating to their summer feeding grounds. So don’t forget that camera!!! For a closer look try Blue Water Divers & Watersports or Fantasea Bermuda’s whale watching trips.
While you’re there, check out the panorama from Queen’s View. It’s named after Queen Elizabeth II who paused here in 1953 to wonder at the scenery. A commemorative plaque nearby marks the spot.
After (or before) climbing all those steps you may need to visit the Dining Room restaurant for some refreshments.