Lundy Island- A place of wide spaces and big skies

Lundy Island

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We are pleased to be able to offer day trips to Lundy again, with bookings being taken on a rolling weekly basis. Please be aware that numbers will be limited and places will need to be booked 14 days or less in advance of travel. Contact the Lundy team on 01271 863636 to book and for further information.

Description

Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoiled.

In a place of wide spaces and big skies, without roads, cars or pollution, simply walking is a profound pleasure. Lundy has a milder climate than the mainland, with more sunshine and less rain.

Most day visitors travel on Lundy’s own ferry and supply ship, the graceful German-built MS Oldenburg, which is an experience in its own right.  Built in 1958 the vessel retains many of her original brass and wooden fittings providing comfortable heated saloons, a bar, buffet, a gift shop and an information desk.  In fine weather there is plenty of space on deck, and if you are lucky you may be treated to the company of a playful pod of dolphins who often delight in following the ship.

The ships sails at least three times a week from either Bideford or Ilfracombe and the crossing takes about 2 hours each way, allowing between 4 and 6 hours to explore the island depending on the day you choose to travel.

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to do justice to everything in a single visit and often it’s the weather that’ll make your decision for you.  If the wind’s Easterly, go West and vice-versa.  And if it’s pouring with rain, well there’s plenty to see and do in and around the Tavern.

MS Oldenburg moored at the Jetty

Lundy declared plastic free!

 

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At Long Last I Stand On Lundy
Since my childhood I’ve wanted to visit this island (3 x 0.6 miles). It’s history and where it is (12 miles off the west coast of North Devon) felt special to me.
So for £40 day return from Ilfracombe, North Devon (S/W England), I decided to do it.
A 2 hr transit on a ship which holds approx. 270 passengers. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Brilliant.
We docked on the southern aspect of the island. Roughly 28 people live on Lundy (Norse for “Puffin island”). We had 3.5 hrs on the island before having to return to the pier.
Straight to the shop for a fridge magnet, then a walk to the north of the island (visited the ruin known as John O’ Groats), had our lunch looking down on the lighthouse, then a reciprocal to the southern/populated area. In the pub for a cold drink, then back to the pier and off to Ilfracombe for a 6pm landing (Saturday, in September).
I’d like to return for several days stop over in a hostel, or lighthouse one day (in winter the only main transport, i.e. to do an excursion here, is by helicopter).
I thought Lundy (my perception beforehand) would not be as steep, with all those cliff areas surrounding most of the island. Hardly any trees too. A special place.

Sco wrote a review Sep 2019

Pure tranquility,wonderful wildlife. You can not absorb all the atmosphere in a day. Definitely going back for a short stay.

Gail wrote a review Sep 2019

How To Find Us

Sailings are from Bideford or Ilfracombe North Devon.  There are long stay car parks at both ports.

The postcode for our Bideford office is EX39 2EY

The postcode for our Ilfracombe office is EX34 9EQ

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