Lundy is a magical place with amazing views, seabirds galore, and the excitement of a boat crossing to get there. The biggest boat making the crossing is the MS Oldenburg, which carries up to 267 people and sails up to four times per week, normally Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday from Ilfracombe, and some Saturdays from Bideford.
It’s a bit more than an hour to get to Ilfracombe, the ship sails at 10.00, the crossing takes two hours and the return is normally at 4-4.30 so you get four hours on the island. Tickets are £35 per adult, £18 for under-16s, family ticket for four is £80.
Visit http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/lundyisland/day-trips/ms-oldenburg/ for more details or phone 01271 863636 to book tickets.
Alternatively, the Jessica Hettie sails most days from Clovelly. She’s much smaller, taking 10 passengers max, which means the skipper Clive Pearson can provide a much more personal experience. Clovelly is only 15 minutes up the road from us and the crossing is only an hour to Lundy. She sails at 09.00 and gets back to Clovelly at 6.30-7 pm, so you get up to seven hours on the island – less if the trip includes sailing round Lundy, mackerel fishing, or the chance to swim with the friendly seals around the island (additional charge for both the last two).
Tickets are £35 return per adult, £25 for under-16s. There’s more information on http://clovellycharters.wordpress.com/prices/daytrip-info/ but it’s best to call Clive on 01237 431042 (day) or 01237 431405 (evening), and call early in the week if you think you want to go as some days she may be chartered for a diving trip.
Whichever boat you take, take waterproofs even if it looks like a sunny day, and be aware that there is a £5 landing fee unless you’re a National Trust member in which case it’s free. Have fun!