One thing that always helps me get excited for a trip is seeing pictures of the place we’re going. But when I started researching for our trip to Lundy, I had a hard time finding any photos aside from some shots of puffins and seals. And while we were definitely planning to see puffins, I was just as enamored with the landscape. So I wanted to share a few of our photos from Lundy to hopefully give a better picture of life on the island and how it feels to be there.
There are a few different ways you can get to Lundy from the Devon Coast. We chose to sail via the MS Oldenburg which is the cheapest option at £67 return. There is a helicopter service offered in the winter or in the event of a cancelled sailing (at a discounted rate). You may use your own transportation, subject to a landing fee and I’ve also heard you can get a charter from Clovelly, which could be a fun option. Overall, Lundy is not a cheap place to get to, but it’s absolutely worth it!
Lundy Island is owned by the Landmark Trust, which restores and revives historic buildings by making them into holiday homes. So basically, all the cottages on Lundy are available to rent! And while that does sound amazing, they book up quickly for the summer months and they are not inexpensive.
We chose to camp for 4 nights, though I’m not sure I would do it again. The camping field is on a hill and therefore most (if not all) of the pitches are on a slant. I found it difficult to sleep on an angle, but if that doesn’t bother you, camping can also be organized through the Landmark Trust.
As we were camping and limited in the number of bags we could bring, we ate at Lundy’s tavern for almost every meal. We did pack some breakfast bars and snacks for lunch, but to be honest, it was nice to get out of the wind for a bit every evening. The Marisco Tavern is open 24 hours a day, every day and it’s a great place to relax after a day of exploring. There is also a small shop, but definitely check their hours as they are very limited.
Firstly, get yourself a map because you will have no wifi or mobile signal on the island. I also highly recommend attending the Warden’s talk your first night on the island. We loved hearing about the conservation of Lundy’s wildlife and found it very useful knowledge to have while we were out exploring.
PUFFINS | While Lundy is famous for its birdwatching in general, we really only came to see the puffins. In fact, the name Lundy actually means Puffin Island in Norse. To see them, you will need either binoculars or a telephoto lens. And the place to see them is called Jenny’s Cove. Aren’t they so cute?!
FYI: This trip was taken over the May bank holiday last year, late spring being one of the best times to see puffins.
WALKING | Because Lundy is only three miles long by one mile wide, it wouldn’t take very long to walk the length of the island. But there is so much to see along the coastline, we were very happy we had more than one day to explore. There is a long, interesting history that is shown through many ruins and structures including a castle, lighthouses, and an ancient burial cairn.
FYI: The length of the island is divided into quarters, marked with stone walls to help walkers gauge the distance. They are aptly named: quarter wall, half wall, etc.
SNORKEL SAFARI | We didn’t actually get to do this because we hadn’t researched it beforehand, but it sounded so fun! On certain dates, this is offered as a warden-led activity for about £10 per person. For more info, check here. Guided tours can also be arranged through other companies like Bristol Channel Charters.
ROCK POOLS | Even if rock pool rambling isn’t your thing, I would still recommend checking out the area around the Devil’s Kitchen (right near the landing bay). We only discovered the area while waiting for our boat to arrive and loved exploring the clear blue tidal pools. Again, this is sometimes offered as a warden-led activity to help better understand the marine life found in this environment.
When our boat finally arrived to bring us back to mainland Devon, we were more than ready to leave having become somewhat weary of the wind and lack of shelter provided by camping. But we left with such renewed joy in wildlife exploration, we were already talking about how we would return someday and stay in one of the Landmark cottages.