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Carcass Island, located in the West of the Falklands

Carcass Island (Spanish: Isla del Rosario) is in the northwestern portion of the Falkland Islands. It is a favorite of birders due to the fact that it is one of the only islands in the country with no introduced rats, cats, or other predatory animals, so land-breeding birds have not been affected.

The only settlement on the island is 1 Port Patterson Port Patterson on Wikipedia, where lodging is available.

Get in[edit]

Map of Carcass Island

Visitors to Carcass Island arrive either via the government air service to the island's 1 landing strip or on one of the many cruise ships that stop at the island each summer.


Gentoo penguins on Carcass Island

Carcass is one of the few islands within the Falklands that has remained free of cats and rats, and as a result it boasts one of the largest populations of songbirds. Other birds that are present include gentoo penguins, magellanic penguins, king cormorants and the striated caracaras (aka Johnny Rook). Marine mammals (sea lions, elephant seals, dolphins) are regular visitors to the beaches.


There are no guided excursions, but the island is small enough that it can be easily toured by walking. A walk round the northern half of the island and then back over the central ridge to the settlement makes for an excellent full day's walk with breaks for watching the wildlife.


Limited supplies are available for purchase at the settlement; fresh produce should be purchased in Stanley and brought along. A fully-catered stay may be possible, but must be confirmed with the owners prior to arrival.



Shared lodging is available at the main settlement of the island. The available cottages are heated and offer full kitchens.


Go next[edit]

This rural area travel guide to Carcass Island is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.