Are These The Last Aerial Photographs Of St. Michael's Mount?
The historic island and castle of St. Michael's Mount is one of the most photographed landmarks in Cornwall, so much so that it has its own collection in the gallery.
Indeed 'The Mount' is such an idyllic location it is rumoured to be being used to film the prequel to Game of Thrones - called House of The Dragon.
Golden Sunset by Charlie Newlands
While popular for photography, taking aerial photographs of the Mount has been complicated by the fact that it is surrounded by National Trust Land - on which drones are prohibited.
Marazion To St. Michael's Mount by Brendan Fitzgerald
By carefully selecting a launching and landing site, it has still be possible for drone operators to fly to the Mount to photograph it.* That is, until now...
St. Michael's Mount Portrait by George Cryer
However, the days of taking aerial photographs of St. Michael's Mount are now effectively over! The reason for this is that the Mount lies in a newly established Flight Restricted Zone, to protect helicopter flights from Penzance to The Isles of Scilly from the new Penzance Heliport.
St. Michael's Mount Panorama by Duncan Scobie
Drones are not permitted within two nautical miles of the heliport which means that, without special permission, the days of photographing the Mount from the air by drone are over.
St. Michael's Mount Sunrise by Kristian Ponsford
You might still, of course, get a good shot from the helicopter!
- For more information on St. Michael's Mount see the Mount website, and the Wikipedia entry on the Mount.
- You can see more photographs of St. Michael's Mount here.
* We ask that all our photographers: follow the drone code, hold all necessary CAA permissions, have complied with all rules and restrictions, and have sought all required permissions for their images. Perrans Above accepts no liability for images which are obtained without the necessary permissions, or which break the law.
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