The small Lundy Island just 5 km / 3 miles long is very popular for daytrippers during spring and summer. Regarding the weather May to September are the most pleasant months although rain, drizzle, and mist occur throughout the year. June is the peak for the flowering season. The ferry departs from Bideford and Ilfracombe depending on the tide times and takes less than two hours. The season on the island starts end of March and ends end of October. A small number of puffins can be seen in the breeding season; best months are April to July.
It's a beautiful and easy walk to circle the entire island. The ferry ride takes less than 2 hours. These makes the island even more popular. It's advisable to book the ferry ticket in advance especially during the weekend and summer holidays. Same for the 23 cottages and the campground. If possible come mid-week and avoid July and August.
Ferry and Cottage Booking
- For ferry booking, you can either give them a call or write them an email; Ferry booking
- Ferry timetable
- For booking one of the 23 available cottages on the island; Cottage booking
Diving at Lundy
It's also a top diving destination in the UK; located in the Bristol Channel. The sea around Lundy is the first Marine Nature Reserve in England. Best time for diving and snorkeling during summer due to warmer sea temps. The diving season starts end of April and lasts until the end of September with good visibility. There are more than hundred shipwrecks around Lundy which makes it even more exciting. Due to strong tidal currents, it’s only for experienced divers recommended. A bonus curious grey seals may follow you. Dive Sites
Lundy is one of the largest seabird breeding colonies in South West England.
- Usually, puffins arrive between mid to end of March on Lundy Island for breeding. Puffins are leaving the island latest in August. Don’t expect many of this beautiful birds due to rat predation. There is a colony at Jenny's Cove, and since rat eradication, the pufflings and all other chicks are save.
- Seabird breeding colony (guillemot, razorbill, max shearwater, shag, and different gulls) can be spotted from the end of March until September.
Migratory birds make a stop on the island from March to June and August to November.
Lundy is a place of outstanding natural beauty and a must when visiting Cornwall. On the island are three lighthouses situated: the South, the North, and the Old Light necessary due to the remote location. The Old Lighthouse, the ancient castle, and other old buildings are for rent now. Enjoy the breathtaking landscape while hiking along the coastal path, the smuggler's cave, and earthquake cracks. Lundy is Norse and means Puffin. Unfortunately, you won't spot many of this cute birds. Anyhow, it's a paradise for birders, but if you want to watch the puffins up close; check out Lunga Island.
(Updated by When to be Where)