Lockley Lodge – Gateway to the Islands

Skokholm Island

Experience the Islands of Pembrokeshire

The award winning Lockley Lodge Visitor Centre is located at Martin’s Haven, Pembrokeshire, near the embarkation point for sailings to Skomer and Skokholm IslandS.

Inside you will find the warmest of welcomes from our staff, along with information about the reserve and its wildlife, and a gift shop with all the essentials for your visit to Skomer, Skokholm or the Marloes Peninsula.

All tickets for Skomer Island are purchased from Lockley Lodge.

As well as the purchase of landing tickets for Skomer Island. Lockley Lodge now allocates the daily cruise tickets for Dale sailing from Tuesday to Sunday and has all current information on any of the other trips they provide and advice.

The Lodge is open from either the 1st April or Good Friday (whichever comes first) to the middle of September, Tues – Sun 8.30am till the last boat comes back.

Lockley Lodge Lockley Lodge Chrissy Ronald Lockley and his wife Doris, circa 1929/1930
Ronald Lockley and his wife Doris, circa 1929/1930

Gateway to Skomer and Skokholm Island

Inside the centre there are interactive screens on which you can watch the wildlife on the island (perfect for days when the weather prevents sailings to Skomer).

Two cameras on the island’s cliffs show seabirds and other wildlife, and two specially constructed ‘Burrow cams’ show the elusive Manx Shearwaters nesting in their burrows.

The centre also offers a range of gifts and souvenirs of your visit such as the fascinating book ‘Skomer’ by former resident Jane Matthews which is packed with insights into island life and amazing images of the flora and fauna of this unique habitat.

We also have books by Ronald Lockley and Ann Lockley, Ordinance Survey maps and a wide range of bird guides, wild flower guides and walkers guides for both Skomer and the Pembrokeshire coast; we sell Opticron binoculars and can provide advice on them.

Island essentials such as sun protection, rain wear, hats and caps can also be bought from the Lodge with profits supporting our conservation work.


Where we are

Lockley Lodge is at Martin’s Haven, near Marloes in Pembrokeshire. From Haverfordwest take the B4327, signposted Dale, and follow until you pick up signs for Marloes.

When you reach Marloes drive through the village and continue for approximately two miles before parking in the National Trust car park on your left. The Lodge is on your route from the Car Park to the embarkation point for Skomer Island.

For satellite navigation our postcode is SA62 3BJ.

We do sell icecreams, drinks and locally produced food at Lockley Lodge, bottled water is available on the island but the Lodge is your last chance to buy refreshments before you arrive to the islands.

Skomer Island

Skomer Island is managed by ourselves and is a stunning place to visit from April to September, whether it’s incredible bird colonies, stunning flower displays, seal pups or just a sense of peace you are after Skomer offers it all.

It should be noted that weather can impact the boats out to the island so it is worth watching our Twitter feed on the right hand side when you are planning a visit.

About Lockley Lodge

The History of the Lodge
Lockley Lodge today

The wooden building at Martin’s Haven, now known as Lockley Lodge, was originally built in 1928 by R M Lockley as his mainland base. Lockley lived and farmed Skokholm Island between 1927 and 1939 and wrote numerous books about the wildlife and his life and times on Skokholm Island. His first book ‘Dream Island’ provides brief details of the construction of the building, which was then called Lower Island Lodge.

Since the Second World War Lockley Lodge has been used as the mainland base for both Skomer and Skokholm Islands and has been an important part of island life as a mainland refuge from bad weather. During most of the 1960s the islands were privately managed and the building was then known as Skokholm Lodge and largely used as a holiday home.

R M Lockley transferred the Lodge to the West Wales Naturalists Trust (now WTSWW) in 1968. It was at this time that it was renamed Lockley Lodge. In 1976 the Trust decided to use Lockley Lodge as an information centre for the islands and the Marloes Peninsula and it has served this purpose ever since.


Lockley’s beloved wooden lodge lasted 79 years before it needed such major works that a rebuild was necessary. The funds for this project came from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the ‘Skomer Island Heritage Experience’ project. The new building was completed in September 2006.

The Trust’s commitment to using the latest technologies whilst conserving the heritage of its buildings and their surroundings is demonstrated in the approach to the development of Lockley Lodge where great care was taken to replicate the appearance of the original Lockley design, whilst incorporating modern facilities and state of the art technology.

In recognition of these efforts, staff at the Wildlife Trust were delighted to win the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s award for ‘Enhancing public understanding and enjoyment of the National Park through innovative technology’.

Lockley Lodge