Lundy Island

Lundy Island, 18 km off the North Devon coast, is a three and a half mile long, half a mile wide, 400 feet high granite outcrop.  The majority of Lundy Island is made up of a hard granite, which  has withstood a constant battering from the north Atlantic Ocean waves for many thousands of years.

Lundy Island’s history includes stories of pirates, smugglers and convicts, treason and plots against the throne.  You can see Bensons Cave, used by convicts and where smuggled bounty was stowed away in the early 18th century. Or you can walk to the old light house, built by Trinity House in 1819, still standing today 96 feet high.  It is possible to walk to the top which offers fantastic views over the Island and the North Devon coastline.

Today Lundy Island is a an unspoilt island, undisturbed by cars and street lights and home to a wealth of wildlife – visitors can often see deer, seals, ponies, dolphins and many rare birds (the name Lundy is Norse for Puffin Island).  The seas around Lundy have been designated England’s first Marine Nature Reserve, making it a unique environment for diving. The diverse marine community includes several warm water species at the northern limit of their range.

Lundy Island has a small village with an Inn and Victorian church, plus the 13th Century Marisco Castle.

It is possible to visit Lundy Island, with boat trips leaving from Ilfracombe and Appledore. 

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