Welcome to Lundy Island
For a castaway, get-away-from-it-all bolthole, try Lundy Island. This slab of granite 3 miles long and half-a-mile wide is anchored on the horizon, a two-hour ferry ride from the North Devon coast. In May and June puffins nest on the 122m-high cliffs, Lundy ponies, sika deer and Soay sheep roam the cliffs, and basking sharks float by offshore. Pack a swimsuit – the wardens here lead snorkelling safaris. There are standing stones, a 13th-century castle and a couple of lighthouses to explore. A car-free island, Lundy is an extraordinarily peaceful place, and its rich star displays lend it a magical quality at night.