The popular south Devon destination, Burgh Island, which is accessible by sea tractor during high tide is celebrating 50 years of its iconic transportation system.

The sea tractor serves as a nostalgic way of travelling between the mainland and the island with its art deco style hotel.

Originally built in 1969, the current sea tractor is the third generation to serve visitors to Burgh Island. They were created by Robert Jackson CBE, who is said to have developed the sea tractors in return for a case of champagne. All of the tractors that have been used to ferry guests to and from the island have been built on the same principles with modern safety in mind.

It isn’t just the sea tractor celebrating a mile stone birthday, the hotel itself is also turning ninety this year. To mark the occasion, a major refurbishment project is underway including upgrading the public areas, as well as the hotel and gardens.