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It’s hard to imagine how Darwin was once the largest settlement after Stanley – the permanent population now stands at just 7 but the location has lost none of its appeal.

Now, its proximity to the international airport at Mount Pleasant (about 45 minutes drive), makes Darwin an ideal place to start or finish your Falklands holiday, and having Darwin airstrip right on the doorstep means they are conveniently placed for local flights to other settlements.

This destination is of particular appeal to those with an interest in military history. Fascinating tours for those even with the vaguest of interests cover the battlefields of 1982 and the Argentine and British cemeteries and Darwin and San Carlos respectively.

A visit to Bodie Creek Bridge is also worthwhile as it is the world’s southernmost suspension bridge. Other activities at Darwin include angling, rather interesting golf on their own 9 hole par 3 course, and excellent walking.

Accommodation - Darwin House

Darwin House, with its great water-front setting, promises good wholesome country food (using home grown and organically produced ingredients as much as possible) and warm comfortable accommodation:

• Converted modern farmhouse
• 5 rooms (1 double, 1 twin, 3 family with double and single bed)
• Two family rooms ensuite (Jacuzzi bath); other 3 rooms share two bathrooms
• Full board accommodation
• Large comfortable lounge, conservatory and honesty bar
• Full and half day guided tours
• Transport to/from Mount Pleasant Airport
• First Falkland Islands members of Wholesome Food Association
• No smoking policy throughout

One special note:
 It is tradition in the islands to discard your footgear in the sun-room foyer before entering the main house. This has been the practical way over the years to keep the outdoors out and in the indoors cleaner.

And after a hard day of exploring the spectacular wildlife of the area, your shoes can be pretty grubby. Plan to bring along a pair of warm socks or slippers to wear inside the house.

Darwin House

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