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Lundy Island

PUBLISHED: 14:25 11 June 2014

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It is difficult to pin down why Lundy Island has such an effect on people. It is true that Lundy is different from any other island and that it is a wonderful part of the country. Situated off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America. A natural beauty, remote and tranquil, without roads, cars or pollution.

Why does it take so long to walk a mile on the Island? Not because the going is hard but because there are so many reasons to stop. Enjoy the magnificent views of inlets, caves, rock stacks, screes, crags and buttresses on the west side. See the Lundy cabbage which grows nowhere else in the world. Other marvels abound, there are some three hundred different flowering plant, sika deer, soay sheep, Lundy ponies, mountain goats, grey seals, basking sharks, dolphins and birds so rare that they bring bird watchers to Lundy from all over Britain. Lundy has its own Conservation Warden who organises a variety of different events throughout the year to help visitors discover, enjoy and appreciate the wonderful wildlife on Lundy.

After an appeal the National Trust bought the island for the Nation in 1969, which was under written by the Landmark Trust. They now manage and maintain the island, and have lovingly restored its buildings to create character holiday accommodation. Lundy offers visitors an extraordinary range of buildings in which to stay, twenty three individual properties are available. Furnished in typical Landmark style for comfort and practicality, all have heating, hot and cold running water and many have the pleasure of an open fire or stove.

The Marisco Tavern is the hub of island life, having a wonderful atmosphere and a fine cuisine to suit all tastes including Lundy lamb and other island produce. A fine selection of beers and wines, which can be savoured in front of a roaring log fire allowing you to soak up island life. The Lundy Shop caters for all the visitors needs; it is well stocked with all the normal groceries, fresh fruit, bread, vegetables and frozen foods, and much, much more. Over the years the staff in the shop have become skilled in anticipating what self catering customers require. If there is something you specifically require you can place an order prior to your arrival.

The Voyage to Lundy – Mid March until the end of October is when the Islands own passenger and supply vessel MS Oldenburg carries both day and staying visitors from Bideford or Ilfracombe. MS Oldenburg is a handsome and graceful vessel, fast and comfortable, built on traditional lines. The ship Sails three times a week during the summer season. Winter breaks are available from November to March, via our helicopter service operating from Hartland Point on Mondays and Fridays. An exhilarating flight provides spectacular aerial view of Lundy and the North Devon Coast.

Season by season, from dawn to dusk the visitor on Lundy is offered endless interest and delight.

For more information and bookings please contact:

The Lundy Shore Office,

The Quay,

Bideford,

North Devon, EX39 2LY.

Information and bookings 01271 863636.

Email: info@lundyisland.co.uk.

Website: www.lundyisland.co.uk

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