Pebble gives visitors a taste of everything wonderful about the Falklands. Excellent food and genuine hospitality at the lovely clean and cosy lodge, a flavour of past and present true Camp life with the working farm all around us, and of course the outstanding wildlife and stunning scenery.
- The third largest offshore island in the Falklands
- Many historic structures and buildings in and around the Settlement
- Locations and wreckage of great significance from the Falkland conflict to be discovered at various sites around the island
- Landscape highlights include beautiful beaches, magnificent sea-cliffs and three wonderful mountains
- Numerous ponds and wetlands in which there are extensive numbers of breeding waterfowl
- Four species of penguin to be found in multiple colonies all over the island
- Everywhere you look is diverse and beautiful flora, sculptural rock formations, swirling kelp beds and windswept beauty.
At 19 miles (31km) end to end, and some 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares), Pebble Island is the third largest offshore island in the Falklands. Located in the northern part of the archipelago and adjacent to Falkland Sound, it forms the eastern end of a chain of islands that runs the length of the north coast of West Falkland. The first record of the island goes back to 1594 when Sir Richard Hawkins sailed along the north coast of the Falklands in the Dainty, naming the east end of Pebble 'The Faire Island'. In or about 1766.
Pebble Island was bought by John Markham Dean in 1869, who established a sheep farming company called Dean Brothers Limited. Since then the island has been run continuously as a sheep farm and today is home to some 8,000 fine-wool sheep. Although ownership of Pebble Island remains with the Dean family, it is presently leased to the Gould family. The lodge and sheep farm are separate businesses that run independently of each other.
Today, after many years with sheep farming and wool production in decline, the human population and sheep numbers on Pebble are at an all-time low, the glory days of this once magnificent sheep farm have long since passed. The rustic and charming settlement is testimony to a time when the Falklands were a major supplier of natural wool.