The west side of Lundy

The Island

Lundy is an island three and a half miles long and half a mile wide and rises steeply from the Bristol Channel between England and Wales.

It is famous for its seabirds, including the puffins which gave the island its name (from the Norse for Puffin Island) but there is also a wealth of other animals and plants on the island and in the waters around it. As the name means Puffin Island, there is no need to add another "Island" after Lundy.

Previous inhabitants have also left remains of their presence, from prehistoric flintwork to Victorian quarries. The present inhabitants work for the Landmark Trust who manage the farm and holiday accommodation. Lundy is owned by the National Trust.

Getting to Lundy

Details of travel to Lundy and accommodation on the island can be found on the website of the Lundy Company.

What do and see on the island

For the explorer there are spectacular walks around this magnificent island. There are many places to look out for that have mysterious names such as Needle's Eye, Rat Island, Shutter Point, Kittiwake Gully, Gannets Rock and many more.

The island has a turbulent history of piracy, smuggling and periods of peaceful habitation. During one of the peaceful periods, the rector was one Thomas Heaven and the island was known as the Kingdom of Heaven. There are small clues that give away the dramatic history that surrounds this tiny island. Many of the buildings such as the Old Lighthouse and even a 13th-century castle now provide accommodation for the welcome visitor. The central point to the whole island is the Marisco Tavern a warm friendly place with plenty of fine food and shelter.