Carcass Island is a true gem, situated in the north-west of the Falklands. Named after a ship, HMS Carcass, the island is perfectly sized for exploration with rocky ridges and steep hills to tempt the intrepid walker, gentle slopes and stunning beaches for those who prefer a sociable stroll.
Carcass Island has been a sheep farm for more than a century but, due to careful management, it is rich in wildlife with songbirds, waterfowl, penguins and elephant seals. Sea lions and dolphins are often seen. Fur seals can occasionally be found in the tall tussac grass.
Keep a wary eye on your belongings as the striated caracara, known locally as Johnny Rook, comes to investigate. Birds are amazingly tame. Southern caracara perch around the settlement, the endemic Cobb’s wren is easy to spot hopping along the shore, long-tailed meadowlarks regale you with song and the tussac bird will definitely find you. Penguins are here too, Magellanic burrows are close the settlement and gentoo are further afield.
The tiny settlement nestles into a sheltered harbour with breath-taking views to the glistening blues of the sea and the soft chalky-white outcrops of the Needles. The farmhouse provides homely accommodation and the chance to help out with a range of farm tasks if you choose.
Great walks from the settlement are in all directions. Choose from a quick but strenuous hike up nearby Stanley Hill or a longer ramble to the lovely Leopard Beach. Mount Byng is the highest point at 213 metres (700 feet) and has fantastic views. Continue to Elephant Flats to find the elephant seals.
Cruise visitors can also gain a taste of Carcass Island which features on many itineraries. Landings are usually a short walk away from the settlement to allow a scenic walk, taking in much of the birdlife and finishing with a tasty smoko at the farmhouse.
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