Fort Fincastle Bahamas

Photograph of Fort Fincastle BahamasFort Fincastle, under the Water Tower at the head of the Queen’s Staircase on Bennett’s Hill, is a strange-looking structure shaped somewhat like an old-fashioned flat-iron. The tiny fort was built in 1793 by the Royal Governor of the islands, Lord Dunsmore, the Viscount Fincastle, to protect the island from invaders. Its garrison never fired a shot in anger. Today, you can climb to the top of the fort where guns, though not the original ones, still stand guard over the surrounding landscape. No admission charge. Open ­Monday-Saturday, 8-5. No phone.

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For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

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