Welchman Hall Gully Tour - Barbados Natural Beauty
Duration: Half Day
If you want to get close to nature during your holiday in Barbados, there are many exciting ways to do so. This beautiful Caribbean island is blessed with tropical forests, unique geological formations, waterfalls, lakes and an abundance of exotic flora, all of which support a rich diversity of endemic wildlife. This unique tour will take you to the enchanting Welchman Hall Gully, where you can explore the natural, tranquil environment and imagine what the island was like 300 years ago.
Located near the centre of Barbados in the parish of St. Thomas, Welchman Hall Gully is a three-quarter mile long gully which was once a part of a network of limestone caves linked to the spectacular Harrison’s Cave until its roof collapsed, forming a natural gully in the process. One of its most beautiful features is the ancient stalagmites and stalactites you can see during your walk. Welchman Hall Gully was once part of a plantation owned by a Welshman called General William Asygell Williams over 200 years ago, hence the name “Welchman Hall’.
Williams first developed the gully by introducing an orchard full of exotic trees and plants, but more species were added later when the gully was bought by the Barbados National Trust in 1962. A stone path was put through the middle of the gully to make access easier for visitors, and it became the island’s first organized natural site. Walking through this densely wooded tropical forest, enjoy the serenity and immerse yourself in the sounds, smells and wonders of nature as you pass a tremendous variety of trees, flowers and plants, including bamboo, nutmeg, palms, mahogany, clove, banana and bearded fig trees, vines, gully shrubs and many other indigenous species. The trail is well-marked and your guide will help you identify the many trees and colourful blooms on the way.
Gullies also provide food and shelter for many birds and animals, including the majority of the island’s native Green Monkeys. If you visit in the morning you can watch these cute, mischievous creatures enjoying their daily feed of bananas. Get your camera ready because this will be one of the highlights of your trip. You are also like to spot and hear a variety of tropical birds such as guinea birds, black faced sparrows, yellow birds and humming birds squawking high above the treetops. Hiking to the end of the gully will reward you with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and rugged coastline as you peer through the naturally formed archway. This special place will soon have you under its spell.
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