Staying on Skokholm

Staying on Skokholm 2015

Overnight stays are of three nights duration from a Friday and four nights duration from a Monday. The boat out goes at 7.30am on Friday and 9am on a Monday and these are the only times the boat sails (unless there has to be a change due to the weather or the tides). Stays can be as long as you want but from 18 May to 22 June it is seven night stays only from the Monday.

Availability as at 17 August 2015
Fri 28 August (three nights): one twin room
Mon 31 August (four nights): five twin and one single room
Mon 14 Sept (seven nights): fully catered lichen course (£399 per person). Details available here
Mon 21 Sept (four nights): plenty of availability
Fri 25 Sept (three nights): plenty of availability

Bird Migration Weekend with Dave Astins of West Coast Birdwatching ( Friday 11 September for three nights leaving Monday 14 September. Cost of £219 per person incudes three nights accommodation, full board (three meals plus cakes morning and afternoon), expert guidance from Dave Astins. Please book in the usual way! Only 10 places available. THIS IS NOW FULL. Any cancellations will be posted here. If you would still like to go on one of Dave Astins’ courses please look at Staying on Skomer page for the September bird watching course on Skomer which is self-catering.Booking forms and deposits should be received by the office within 21 days of making a provisional booking by phone or email.

There is plenty to see and do even after the puffins depart – to find out more about Skokholm’s best kept secret, download our information about Skokholm in August.

Please be aware that you can be stranded on Skokholm by the weather. It is advisable not to make important dates in your calendar for the few days after what should be your embarkation date from the island.

Once you have reserved a place you will need to fill in the Skokholm residential booking form 2015 (Word document) or Skokholm residential booking form 2015 (pdf version) and send with your 25% deposit to Island Bookings, The Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire SA43 2TB.

Skokholm Island is a wild and beautiful place to stay, quieter and smaller than its sister, Skomer, there is a romance and charm to the place. Over the last few years we have been renovating the accomodation on the island with the fantastic help of the Friends of the Islands.

Skokholm cliffs and bluebells by  Dave Milborrow

Skokholm cliffs and bluebells by Dave Milborrow

The accommodation has been upgraded in the past few years thanks to a willing bunch of volunteers and the Friends of the Islands. There are four twin rooms and one double bedded room in the renovated cowsheds, one twin room and four single rooms in the cottage, plus a further two twin rooms in the warden’s old quarters. Please note the lighthouse is not available for guest accommodation.

Staying on Skokholm is basically off grid living. There is a self-catering kitchen where the cookers are powered by bottled gas (which have to ferried to and from the island), refrigeration and electric light are powered by solar power (please note there is no microwave). There is hot and cold running water (solar powered) to the bedrooms, a communal lounge in the cottage which has a multi fuel stove. There are no showers or central heating. There is a small shop selling basic foodstuffs. If you are planning on doing a lot of photography please try and bring extra batteries. Solar power is not limitless!

Prices April to July 2015 (self-catering)

Four night stays (starting Monday) – £130 per person
Three night stay (starting Friday) – £130 per person
The above can be combined for a week at £250 per person

Prices for August to September 2015 (self-catering)
Four night stays (starting Monday) – £100 per person
Three night stay (starting Friday) – £100 per person
The above can be combined for a week at £160 per person

Please note the boat for overnight guests goes out at 7.30am on Fridays and 9am on Mondays. Again these times will be confirmed later.

Boat fare is extra and paid direct to boatman in cash – £25 return.

Please note that when staying overnight on the island it is not possible to park overnight in the National Trust car park, cars should all be parked at West Hook Farm (overnight parking £8 a night or £18 for a week). Please make sure you take cash with you in order to pay for parking – further details will be sent with the invoice).

There is no single supplement so you may have to share if the single rooms have already gone.

Skokholm cottage at night

Skokholm cottage at night

Bird Ringing

To avoid disappointment all guests with ringing licenses who wish to ring on Skokholm whilst staying on the island must contact the Wardens first.

If you are a group of bird ringers who wish to make a booking please contact the wardens, Richard and Giselle (07971 114303) first. You will need to complete a separate form to establish your bird ringing credentials.

How to book?

All bookings are taken by the Island’s Booking Officer who is based at the Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran:
Email: or
Telephone: 01239 621600(Mon-Fri 8.45am-4.30pm)

Please send in the booking form and deposit within 21 days from the date of booking otherwise your booking may be cancelled. Your booking will be acknowledged within seven working days by email (if you give an email address) or post.

You will be invoiced for the balance approximately 12 weeks before you are due to go to Skokholm and the balance should be paid eight weeks before your arrival on the island. Further information for your trip will be sent with the invoice. Please ensure you have read the booking conditions before sending in the booking form.

You should familiarise yourself with the island booking conditions.

Why do members of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales get priority booking?
As a way of saying thank you to our members we allow them to book two weeks early. Membership costs just £2.05 per month

Map of Skokholm location and key points on mainland

View Skomer Island Local Information in a larger map

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