As a Nature Reserve and Bird Observatory, the Calf is the ideal location to enjoy bird life, flora and fauna. Around 33 species of birds breed on the Island annually, around 10 of which are sea birds. Estate and ornithological wardens live on the island looking after the island’s population of resident and migrant birds.
Self catering hostel / bunkhouse style accommodation is available on the Calf for up to 8 visitors. As a working bird observatory, accommodation is basic with shared bathroom facilities.
All bookings for visitors wishing to stay overnight on the Calf are now taken online, with full payment taken in advance.
A stay on the Calf is only suitable for those who are fit enough to cope with the terrain and conditions. In particular, visitors are required to carry their own overnight luggage (rucksack recommended) from the harbour to the accommodation at the Bird Observatory as transport cannot be provided. Visitors need to bring their own food supplies and a sleeping bag.
Travelling to the Island is a unique experience and is booked via local boatmen who arrange the boat journey to and from the Calf. Day trips can also be arranged directly with the boatmen.
If you are planning to stay overnight, it is important to pre-book your journey directly with the boatmen and your overnight accommodation online.
When visiting, please respect the wildlife, peace and tranquility of this beautiful island wildlife sanctuary and bird observatory.
Camping and drinking parties are not permitted at any time. Fishing is not permitted between 1st April to 31st July.
Find out more in our visitor information – it is important to read this before making a booking.