1. Go Letterboxing
What makes Lundy so special is the distinct lack of people. Once that boat leaves every other day, crammed with day trippers bound for the mainland, absolute peace descends on this tiny island. Car free (and practically people free) you’ll have the island (almost) to yourself. There’s nothing like rising early to the baah of sheep, the squark of skylarks and the blust of the wind, to watch the infamous fog roll mysteriously off the the island onto the ocean. Photographers’ paradise!
The Marisco Tavern is the heart of island life and rumour has it that it’s door never closes. Head here for the infamous lamb pasties, a pint of local (mainland) ale and fabulous stories of the Lundy of old. The island’s history, adorned on the tavern walls, with posters of shipwrecks, shelves creaking with books detailing the island and a plethora of maritime memorabilia. There’s also a strict no mobile phone rule here (you’ll have to pay a fine if your mobile rings inside the Tavern!). If rain forces cover, the pub has mountains of board games – perfect for families.
9. Send a letterLundy has the oldest private postal service in the world. In 1928 the GPO withdrew it’s services from the island and so two years later, in 1930, Martin Harman, whose family privately owned the island, introduced the what is now famous, Lundy puffin stamps. Originally only valid for post back to the mainland, the stamp now validates post to the entire UK. At one time, they were only allowed on the back of the envelope, being deemed as ‘private stamps’. In 1962 consent was granted to stick the stamp onto the front, but only on the left hand side (as the right has to be reserved for the official UK stamp!). There’s only one postbox on Lundy, set into the Tavern’s wall (below) and it’s quite the thing for tourists to post a postcard from Lundy to the mainland.
10. Spot dolphinsDolphins often accompany MS Oldenburg to or from the island. Having missed them on our journey out, we were delighted to see them on our way home, whilst watching beautiful Lundy fade into the horizon.
With 3 days on the island we left feeling like we had still so much to explore. We still hadn’t made it to obvious draws such as Benson’s cave and the castle keep as well as a recommended swim at Quarry beach. So much more beckoned to be discovered, and, as many before us have experienced, we realise we’ve fallen under the special charm of the island which entices visitors to return year after year after year. We love you Lundy!For more information on Lundy check out the Landmark Trust’s website
Read our Places to Stay feature on staying in the Old Lighthouse on Lundy here