Just back from a 2 day stop on Lundy. Utterly remarkable, I cannot think of many other places that the experience of going has left me feeling like a 9 year old more than Lundy has, and less than 24 hours after arriving home, we are already doing the research to see when we might be back ...
It is a unique, rugged and disconnected place, with a charm and warmth of it's own, offering much to a wide variety of slightly specialised interests, but also just to those seeking a bit of time off grid.
I cannot tell you honestly what it is like to go there and stay. Everyone is different, and i think everyone who go will draw something different from the experience. Some will bird watch, me, well i like the dark night sky! You just have to discover it for yourself.
So, some info to help if you stay there.
The tap water is presently not drinkable without boiling. We drank it after boiling and had no issue, but for cold drinks, bottled water was provided on arrival and further supplies available in the shop. The tap water also has a slight colouration, so don't be surprised!
The shop is only open half days on some days. Check ahead. If your one full day on the island is the shop half day, make sure you have got anything you need before hand. It saves having your full day exploring restricted by needing to get to the shop.
The Marisco Tavern. It's the hub. Like the island itself, it has two modes, the "ship is in" mode, when it's VERY busy, and "ship not in" mode, when it's much quieter. I definately prefer ship not in mode. It you're staying and you need lunch in the tavern on ship-in day, you'd better get there before the day trippers do!
Day trips temporarily swell the number of people on the island several times over, so if you are on a staying trip and have the ship dock during your stay (i.e. you aren't leaving that day, but the ship is there), then staying around Old Light or the village might mean you get visitors from the ship disturb your peace during the time the ship is docked.
The shop is a work of genius in working out what people need. Butter is sold in individual portions as well as tubs, likewise jam, so you can buy just a realistic quantity of what you need. Other staples include bread, milk, cheese.For heaven's sake, they even had Old El Paso products in and I could have rustled up a pretty mean Fajita! Trust me, you don't need to pack the pot noodes! Catering out of the shop is easier than you think and if you look online, there are links showing you the inside and what they stock. I would only take your favourite coffee granules or teabags, and your favourite biscuit if you can't do without. The prices in the shop on some items is higher than the mainland, but remember, it has to be shipped in, and that costs.
You can order ahead from the shop. If you need anything on day 1 or 2, possibly do that.
Your key for your propery is left in the property. We also left the key in the property when checking out. Locking doors on Lundy is utterly pointless. Check with the office on the procedure for check out and where you should collect and drop off the key.
Luggage on the Oldenberg is put into crates, and the crates loaded onto the hold. There will be a few crates and the luggage will need some sorting when it arrives. That takes time, so don't be surprised if your luggage takes a while to reach your property. They do say it can be upto 6 hours. We found it to be quicker than that by some distance, but allow for that, and make sure you have anything you need on landing in hand luggage.
Wi-Fi and mobile. Forget it. If being without your mobile for two days is a trauma, then why would you consider Lundy ??!!
That's it I think.
WHatever your passion. Birdwatching, dolphin spotting, diving, climbing, astronomy or just wanting to be offline for a while, then a stay on Lundy will offer you much. Find it for yourself!
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