Weddell Island, named after a British explorer, is the largest of the so-called “small” islands of the Falklands so there is plenty of land to explore. From open plains to hills, sandy beaches to rocky coves, there is a great diversity of scenery and a range of wildlife to see.
The only settlement is home to just two human occupants so you will make a significant increase to the population on your arrival. This is the perfect location to really get away from it all, relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Take a 4x4 ride or a ramble over gently undulating land to Loop Head, in the north-east corner of the island, to discover sealions amongst the tussac grass, along with cormorants, gentoo and Magellanic penguins. On the way, you’ll see various native plants and may wish to sample a few of the collectable varieties to supplement your supper! Weddell Island has many endemic plants including the lovely Lady’s Slipper and Vanilla Daisies. The route includes interesting old, shepherds’ shanties and a wide range of birds. Look out for albatross, petrel, caracaras and hawks.
You may also spot an unusual Falkland resident, the Patagonian grey fox. Introduced to the island by a previous owner John Hamilton, these animals cause some controversy but nevertheless make an interesting photographic subject and a contrast to the native species.
Walking is an excellent way to get around, from simply exploring the settlement or venturing further afield. Mark Point is close to the settlement with sandy beaches, whale skeletons and a colony of gentoo penguins. Dolphins frequently swim offshore.
Weddell mountain, 383 metres (1,256 feet) offers the opportunity for an invigorating hike. At the summit is a “standing man”, a cairn built from stones to which you can add your contribution whilst admiring the lovely views.