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“A beautiful place you can only discover for yourself.”
Review of Lundy Island

Lundy Island
Ranked #1 of 42 things to do in Bideford
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Owner description: Located off the coast of Devon, this granite outcrop lies between England and America and is famed for its marine reserve.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

3  Thank Mooke1972
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Did the day trip with older family members. The boat trip is wonderful but then we did have superb weather. Saw dolphins on the way there and back riding the bow waves. Seating is limited outside and people start queuing for the 10am sailing at 9am so get there early. The boat has a bar, buffet, shop and toilets so is well catered. We booked a couple of days in advance but even so got the last tickets for the next sailing. You can sometimes get a standby if people don’t turn up.

Be advised if you are in the least bit unfit or infirm that the walk up from the jetty on the island is extremely steep and challenging and will take at least half an hour. There is limited opportunity for a lift to the top in one if the Islands landrovers. There is no shuttle. There is no visitor information on the quay. There are no signposts anywhere. Everything - pub, reception (visitor info), shop, toilets - is up in the village. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food in the pub looked good and is served between 12 and 3. You only get 4 hours on the island on a day trip including the walk up and back to the quay so really only 3 hours of useful walking time. Lunch could easily take up most of that unless you take your own supplies. The boat arrives at approx 12pm and you have to be back on the quay to catch the return leg at 4pm. This is way too short especially in the long hours of summer daylight. The puffins were halfway up the island on the day we were there and we didn’t make it that far. It’s very rugged and beautiful but you won’t actually see much wildlife unless you count sheep! There are lots of those. If you want to do wildlife and really experience the island in all its glory then best book an overnight stay.

Was it worth the money for a day trip? Glad we went for the boat trip and the dolphins. Enjoyed Skomer more as it is more accessible and there is more wildlife.

2  Thank vestysoffagain
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decided to treat ourselves to a day visit to Lundy and enjoyed it so much we want to go back and stay. Found a car park a stones throw from te harbour that was only £5 a day.The boat over is genuinely retro, 60 year old fixtures and fittings, unmanufactured charm. We were a bit disappointed not to get a seat outside in either direction but decided it was not worth queuing for over an hour in the sun which could be spent exploring the island. The walk up from the landing stage is very steep but once up walking around is easy and its all so beautiful.In the time we had we managed to walk around the bottom half of the island and the views are stunning, the air is perfumed by wild flowers and full of bird song.

1  Thank KAW687
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyable place to visit to get away from the daily grind of 21st century life. Accommodation is well presented , warm and dry along with a shop filled to the brim with food and memorabilia. food at the Tavern has a choice to fit all palettes or you cook your own in the accommodation.
Following a 2 hour boat journey had us arriving on the Island. Lots of walking, sunset from the lighthouse or puffin spotting.

2  Thank Anne G
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

Our daughters bought us tickets for a daytrip to Lundy Island for our anniversary. We were staying at Woolacombe and the. M.S Oldenburgh was leaving from Ilfracombe harbour on the Tuesday morning. We had to be at the dock for 9.15 for the 10am sailing. We parked at the harbour costing us just over £10 for full day. There are toilets on the harbourside and also you can buy your tickets from there although i would recommend in advance in peak season as on 6th June we had 220 people on the boat and there was quite a queue for tickets. It was a cloudy morning and quite breezy, i was slightly worried that i might feel seasick so we decided to sit ontop deck. We were provided with blankets which i must say we did need especially on the way back and had also hoodie and coat and still felt cold even though the temp was 20 deg in the day. The sailing took just under 2 hours and the sun just started to come out when we arrived. It is like other people have said a steep walk to the top and think.if you were not very fit you might struggle. At the top is the shop and the pub, many people went straight to the tavern for a meal but as we had a good breakfast in hotel we started our walk, we started on the left side of the island and are glad we did as the cliffs are so beautiful on that side, we did see some puffins via binoculars on that side too. We only managed half way round as the walking paths are more like sheep tracks at times and it was harder going than i thought to watch my step on uneven ground. The flowers were out and the island is so beautiful. We returned back to boat after visiting the shop for souvenir s with half an hour to spare, i dont think i could have walked the whole island in the time we had and made the boat so i expect everone that stopped for a meal in the pub wouldnt have had time to see what we did.
It was a really interesting trip and we enjoyed it and definately recommend.

3  Thank JLB1
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