Lundy Island, Exmoor National Park

Lundy Island, Exmoor National Park
  • Extraordinary island off the coast of North Devon to the west of Exmoor National Park
  • Day trip to the island on the MS Oldenburg from Ilfracombe or Bideford. Alternatively, book a trip around the island by boat or RIB from Ilfracombe
  • Walk the length of Lundy or walk the coastal path around its high cliffs
  • Enjoy the local wildlife including seals and puffins
  • Relax at the Marisco Tavern in the island's main settlement
  • Main photo: the view down the eastern side of Lundy Island to Landing Bay where the ferry ship arrives from Ilfracombe or Bideford

 

Where is Lundy Island in relation to Exmoor National Park?

Lundy Island is located off the north coast of Devon in the Bristol Channel.

We've positioned Lundy Island on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

 

Getting to Lundy Island

Most people head out to Lundy Island on the MS Oldenburg which sails from either Ilfracombe or Bideford. You disembark at the quay by The Landing Beach at Landing Bay at the southern end of the island. The crossing can be rough.

Ilfracombe Sea Safari run a number of boat trips to the island but you stay on the boat or RIB. These run from Ilfracombe Harbour. Note that these are very popular and you have to book in advance. We've had a number of boat trips cancelled owing to rough conditions. On sunny, windless days when the sea is flat these boat trips are extraordinary experiences. See below for more information.

You can also take a helicopter to Lundy Island in the winter months (November to March). This service runs between Hartland Point on the Hartland Peninsula and Lundy Island. The landing spot for the helicopter on Lundy Island is by Lundy Camp Site and the Marisco Tavern. The 'H' landing spot is clearly visible on Google's satellite imagery.

 

Why day trip to, or holiday on, Lundy Island?

To help you choose Lundy Island, we've listed some of the local attractions below.

 

Lundy Island boat trips

MS Oldenburg. Thousands of people experience Lundy Island every year on a day trip on the MS Oldenburg. It sails from Ilfracombe or Bideford on the mainland. You disembark at the quay by The Landing Beach at Landing Bay at the southern end of the island. A path rises to the main settlement. It's fun to walk around the edge of the island before returning to the MS Oldenburg and sailing back to Ilfracombe or Bideford. Note that it's a long day and the sea can be rough.

Ilfracombe Sea Safari's Lundy Experience on the catamaran 'Sea Swift'. Take a day trip around Lundy Island on the 'Sea Swift'. The catamaran takes small groups (about 10 when we went) to experience Lundy Island and its wildlife from the sea. It sails from Ilfracombe Harbour to the east side of the Lundy Island before looping around to the wilder and more exposed western side. See dolphins, seals and puffins.

Ilfracombe Sea Safri's Lundy Experience on a RIB or rigid inflatable boat. Alternatively, take a trip on one of the distinctive orange RIBs or rigid inflatable boats to Lundy. The RIB ride is an experience in itself. Great fun! Again, this trip takes small groups (about 10 when we went).

Note that the specialist boat trips are very popular and you have to book in advance. We've had a number of boat trips cancelled owing to rough conditions. On sunny, windless days when the sea is flat these boat trips are extraordinary experiences.

 

Lundy Island coastline

Lundy's coastline is magnificent by boat or on foot. If you are on a day trip on the MS Oldenburg then there's plenty of time to follow the paths that run around the edge of the island.

 

Lundy Island beaches

Beaches line Landing Bay near the landing quay and main settlement.

 

Lundy Island walking

Keen walkers should follow the paths that run around the edge of the island.

You can take much shorter walks to the lighthouse or 'halfway wall' in the middle of the island.

 

Lundy Island wildlife

Lundy Island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest SSSI and a Marine Nature Reserve.

Seals, ponies and extraordinary birdlife including puffins.

Take a snorkeling safari or seabird walk to learn from local experts.

 

Lundy Island places to eat and drink

Relax in the Marisco Tavern which is in the main settlement near Landing Bay.

 

Lundy Island views

The views down the eastern side of Lundy Island from the 'halfway wall' area are amazing.

 

Lundy Island history

Castle

Marisco Tavern

St Helena’s Church

Landing Beach

Quarter Wall

 

Lundy Island climbing

Lundy Island is known for its climbing. The 'Devil's Slide' on the western side of Lundy is particularly impressive.

Note that climbing restrictions are put in place during the seabird breeding season between March and July.

 

Lundy Island diving

Lundy Island is super popular with divers.

 

Views of Lundy Island from the mainland

If you can't get to visit Lundy Island then we'd recommend the views from Morte Point all the way down to Hartland Point.