Welcome!

Welcome to the official website of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines National Trust

Getting there:

800m off of the Leeward Highway, to the east, at Rutland Vale.

About 30 minutes drive along the picturesque Leeward Highway from Kingstown.

Opening Times:

Daily, 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Admission Price:

$5 EC entry ($2US)

$20 EC entry with guided tour (on public holidays and other occasions) ($8US)

Amenities:

Picnic areas

Visitors' centre

Exhibition Space

The Layou Petroglyph Park

The Layou petroglyph is the best known and the most easily accessible of St Vincent’s Petroglyphs. The huge stone carved with mysterious faces probably dates from between 300AD and 600AD. It is a lasting reminder of the people who lived on St Vincent long before Christopher Columbus set sail.

The stone is huge – 7 meters wide – and features a face which might represent the Supreme Being Yocahu, a God believed to have brought cassava to the people. It is easy to see why our Carib predecessors chose this site as an important spiritual location. Located in a valley, shaded from the Caribbean sun by a huge canopy, the site is as soothing as it is cool. The noise of a gentle stream fills the gorge and shards of light penetrating the vegetation provide magical shadows on the ancient rock.

A bit further down the stream, still on the park site are the romantic ruin of an indigo factory from the Colonial period, which the forest is slowly reclaiming.

The Park is a real relaxing experience, with shade3d gazebos from which to soak up the surroundings.

Don’t miss:

• The atmospheric ruins of the Indigo Factory

• The mysterious heads on ropes on the rock

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