The parish of St. Andrew is located on the east of Barbados in the north of the island.
There are many tourist attractions in St. Andrew from great national parks, art & crafts, sugar refineries, wildlife reserves, quad biking, signal stations, wind mills, to churches and of course wonderful beaches.
St. Andrew boasts the highest point in Barbados and the country’s only mountain, which is Mount Hillaby. This area is referred to as the Scotland District as it is very similar to Scotland in the UK.
One of the first major attractions in this parish is Farley Hill National Park, which was once home to the grandest house in Barbados until it was destroyed by fire. Now the shell of the house remains providing a stunning backdrop for the many events held on the island such as Jazz on the Hill and Reggae on the Hill. The park is full of old mahogany trees, which provide cool shade and makes the park ideal for a picnic. For more information on Farley Hill please read the article at the bottom of this page.
Another national park in this parish is Barclays Park, which was donated to the people of Barbados by Barclays Bank to celebrate independence in 1966. This is a lovely spot right next to the Atlantic Ocean, with rock pools for bathing and is a great place for a picnic.
Other spots of natural beauty in this parish are Turners Hall Woods, which are great for hiking and Grenade Hall Signal Station, which was one of the look out points for the army in days gone by.
The parish of St. Andrew is home to Chalky Mount, an area amongst the hills which has been home to potters for generations, here you can see the potters at work and find some very reasonably priced goods to buy as gifts.
Another tourist attraction in St. Andrew is the West Indies Sugar Plantation, where you can see the full production process of sugar from sugar cane through to the refined grains you buy in the packets. There is also a gift shop to buy sugar related products.
To see the only windmill still in operation in Barbados then head to Morgan Lewis Mill, which was fully restored in 1996 and is right next to Morgan Lewis Beach. This stretch of beach is great for beach combing and provides a good long walk as it turns in to Lakes Beach and then Walkers Beach.
When you reach Walker’s Beach you will find St. Andrew’s Parish Church, a lovely old Anglican Church, which is open for you to look around.
To get to grips with the wildlife in Barbados then you must visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve to see the green monkeys, turtles and many other forms of wildlife at the full nature reserve and a cafeteria for snacks and refreshments.
For the more adventurous amongst you then why not book a day at ATV Quest, where you can bounce around the rugged terrain of St. Andrew on a quad bike. This can be a dangerous sport and is not suitable for children.