Lundy means "puffin island" in Norse. It is a place of rare enchantment and great natural beauty, a precious island populated with hundreds of bird species, but these days the puffin is quite scarce. Lundy is also a place of odd sounding names, like Gannets Bay, Mousehole and Trap, Tibbett's Point and Needle Rock, all of which adds to its charm.
Centuries ago the island was the haunt of Vikings and vagabonds, Normans and pirates, maybe this is part of the islands strong magnetic appeal. There is a magic in the air which calls visitors back time and time again. Here you can quietly pursue simple holiday pleasures, such as birdwatching, walking, diving and boating at a more leisurely pace than time often permits, for on Lundy time is something island folk care little about. You can also take time observing other wildlife species; grey seals can be seen basking on the rocks, gentle deer at play, wild goats, and Soay sheep are also part of the islands animal population.
There is only a small community settled on the island. However, there is a genuine warmth in the welcome extended to visitors. The island has a shop, a church, a castle and three lighthouses from the Victorian period - two are still in service. The Marisco Inn offers a pleasant place to enjoy a drink, and a chat with the locals.
During the summer months a scenic boat trip takes passengers back and forth between the island and Bideford. In the winter the journey is made via a breath-taking helicopter trip from Hartland Point. It is the helicopter that has made it possible for Lundy to become an all year round island retreat. Thus, widening the islands appeal.
Lundy is owned by the National Trust. It is maintained and administered by The Landmark Trust who offer a number of charming self-catering cottages which retain much of the island's character. For campers there is a well organised campsite.
The island may only be 3.5 miles long by half a mile wide but its blue seas, stunning landscape, and rare tranquillity remains unrivalled by any other place.
in the county of Devon(15.0 miles, 24.1 km, direction SE)
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