Contrary to the Argentine predictions, when the British Task Force arrived to liberate the Falkland Islands they chose not to land close to the capital Stanley. Instead, the landing site was chosen as a bay at the settlement (read: three farm buildings) of San Carlos. It was from here that, due to the loss by Exocet missile of the supply ship Atlantic Conveyor and its crucial helicopter cargo, the British forces landing were left with no choice but to make their famous yomp to Stanley via Teal Inlet.
Today, San Carlos hosts the wonderfully typical Falklands sheep farm of Kinsford Valley, along with what must be one of the most remote museums in the world, a British graveyard, some self-catering and, somewhat bizarrely, a paint-your-own pottery café.
We were lucky enough to spend the night there, helping out with the super-cute Merino lambs, seeing the sights and checking out the Museum (somewhat more hands-on than the typical UK museum).
It takes about two hours to drive to San Carlos from Stanley, approximately 3 miles of that on tarmac road and the rest on gravel and dirt track. We followed our time spent with the lovely owners of San Carlos settlement with a detour on the way home to go via the ferry port at New Haven (read: concrete ramp and pole surrounded by car tyres) as it is home to a colony of Gentoo penguins all year round. These guys are more social and sizable than the Magellanics nearby but equally hilarious and amazing to watch.
As an aside, the opportunity presented itself to ride a Rapier surface to air missile like a rodeo bull. I caved.