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PORT HOWARD

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Port Howard is the oldest and largest remaining sheep farm on West Falkland, and a great destination for those wanting to experience all aspects of the Falklands.
Although wildlife is not Port Howard’s principle attraction, a Gentoo penguin colony and a large number of waterfowl can be found at Gladstone Bay on Port Purvis, only an hour’s drive from the settlement.

Port Howard offers one of the best golf courses in the Islands. The nine-green/eighteen tees Clippy Hill course offers a challenge to golfers of all standards. With no queues and just a handful of people on the course at any one time, whilst in beautiful surroundings, this is the perfect way to relax.

You will have ample opportunity to see a working farm in full flow, especially if you are visiting during the summer season when you may be able to view the process of gathering, sheep shearing, wool classing and baling, and even maybe the final product being loaded onto the intercoastal vessel which also delivers stores, fuel and any personal goods to the farms around the Islands.

In the grounds of Port Howard Lodge there is a small museum giving an insight into the 1982 conflict when 1,000 Argentine troops occupied the settlement. At the edge of the settlement there are some well-marked minefields remaining from this period, and guided excursions can take visitors to some of the areas that figured during the conflict including the remains of crashed aircraft.


Accommodation :: Port Howard Lodge
• Converted farmhouse
• 7 rooms (2 double, 3 family and 2 twin)
• All ensuite
• Full board accommodation only (packed lunches provided)
• Comfortable wood panelled lounge and bar
• Full and half day guided tours to Gladstone Bay or other settlements on West Falkland
• Walking farm tours
• Fishing guide/ghillie

Activities

In the grounds of the lodge there is a small museum giving an insight into the 1982 conflict when 1000 Argentine troops occupied the settlement. SAS Captain Gavin John Hamilton MC who died during the conflict is buried in the Port Howard cemetery. At the edge of the settlement there are some well-marked minefields remaining from this period, and guided excursions can take visitors to some of the areas that figured during the conflict.

Although wildlife is not Port Howard’s principle attraction a gentoo penguin colony and a large number of waterfowl can be found at Gladstone Bay, only an hours drive from the settlement. Colonies of king and rock shags can be found along the low cliffs and black-crowned night herons breed on the tussac grass on the sides of the cliffs. On the drive to Gladstone Bay you will get magnificent views of Port Howard and Falkland Sound to the south, and over Purvis Harbour to Pebble Island to the northwest. Gladstone Bay wildlife checklist:
  • Gentoo penguin
  • Rock shag
  • King shag
  • Black-crowned night heron
  • Two-banded plover
  • Patagonia crested duck
  • Magellanic oystercatcher
  • Flightless steamer duck
 
  • Ruddy-headed goose
  • Kelp goose
  • Upland goose
  • R4ed-backed hawk
  • Rufous-chested dotterel
  • Black-throated finch
  • Giant petrel
  • Dolphin gull
  • Long-tailed meadowlark

Port Howard offers one of the best golf courses in the Islands. The nine-green/eighteen tees Clippy Hill course offers a challenge to golfers of all standards. With no queues and just handful of people on the course at any one time, whilst in beautiful surroundings, this is the perfect way to relax. Professional golfer Bernhard Gallagher played the Clippy Hill course in 1989.

You will have ample opportunity to see a working farm in full flow, especially if you are visiting during the summer season when you may be able to view the process of gathering, sheep shearing, wool classing and baling, and even maybe the final product being loaded onto the intercoastal vessel which also delivers stores, fuel and any personal goods to the farms around the Islands.

Fishing

Undoubtedly one of the main attractions of Port Howard is the superb fishing. Both sea and brown trout and well as the Falkland mullet are all entertaining sport for avid fisherman. There are two main rivers accessible from this destination.

The Warrah River, situated about a 40 minutes drive from Port Howard Lodge, will be your destination for two days fishing. This is quite a short river but offers great sport fishing with a reputation for the size of its fish rather than for the numbers of them. The Warrah’s main tributary, Green Hill Stream, offers an alternative with several excellent pools.

The Chartres River, just over one hours drive from Port Howard, is known for its consistent numbers of 3 to 6 pounders rather than the size of its fish. A pool not to be missed on this river is Mrs Mac’s.

Closer to Port Howard settlement the tidal waters of Bold Cove and Many Branch Creek and Harbour can also be fished.

 "There are, to be sure, other locales where sea trout grow larger, but I cannot think of any where the fishing is so utterly natural and devoid of commercialisation."  John Ross--American Fishing Writer


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.


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