The "Majestic Landmark" known as Bannerman Island is open to the public for guided tours. Nestled between the Village of Cold Spring and the Town of Beacon, NY, sits a tiny jewel - a small island with the ruins of a Scottish baronial castle rising from its shore (built as an arsenal for Frances Bannerman's immense collection of weapons and army surplus).
Hudson River Adventures and the Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc., a Friends organization for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation offer guided tours on the island. Each tour is limited to 46 people and lasts approximately 2.5 hours including the Pollepel water taxi shuttle. The shuttle trip takes about 1/2 hour each way and visitors will spend about 1.5 hours touring the island (rain or shine.)
We would like to advise our guests that some of the paths and trails are steep and there is a lot of walking and stairs. Please wear the proper shoes and attire for a hike in the woods. (No high heels etc.) The island is still as primitive as it was in the early 1900's, No electricity, No running water. "Portable toilets" will be available at the island and bottled water will be offered for sale on the boat. Neither the boat or the island is handicapped accessible. Due to safety issues we cannot go inside any of the buildings.
Address: Water taxi departs from Torches Landing, Front St., Newburgh, NY 12550
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