Skomer Day Trip

Let the Island Adventure begin…

Please be aware we have a Code of Conduct around seabirds and seals on this stunning island – to keep all our wildlife safe we ask you read this before visiting the island so that our precious seabirds and seals are protected.

Skomer Island has something to offer everyone. Surrounded by shaded inlets, off shore rocks and sheltered coves, Skomer is an island full of mystery, discovery, wildlife and adventure…it’s a unique island just waiting to be explored!

No matter what time of year you visit, the island’s flora and fauna will leave you breathless with excitement and wishing you could stay for longer.

Keep an eye out for the famous Skomer Vole, thousands of Rabbits and our resident birds of prey – Buzzards, Peregrine Falcons and Owls.

Dave Astins of West Coast Birdwatching runs regular bird watching walks and there are other events that you can take part in.

Wildlife enthusiast, photographers, walkers, families and visitors who are looking to find a sense of solitude will instantly fall in love with Skomer!

As trips to Skomer are very popular (particularly in peak season May-July), to avoid disappointment it is recommended you arrive as early as you can to queue for tickets. Tickets are offered on a first come first served basis, and during peak times can sell out within the first hour/hours of Lockley Lodge opening.

The island is open 1 April (or Good Friday, whichever is earlier) to 30 September and is closed Mondays except bank holidays.

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Looking across to the vast bird colonies on the cliffs
April & May Snap Shot…
June & July Snap Shot…
Aug & Sept Snap Shot…
Location and Parking

Visitors can meet the migrant birds, witness the first landings of Puffins to the Island, watch the amorous displays of Guillemots and Razorbills and see the island start to bloom with daffodils and wildflowers!

Up to two hundred Seals gather to moult in April at North Haven, entertaining visitors with their squabbles during the day.

During the spring Skomer is covered in a display of beautiful Bluebells so vast that the island appears blue. Puffins, Rabbits and Short-eared Owls are particularly active throughout the day.

Visitors have the unique opportunity to get within a few feet of Pembrokeshire’s beautiful Puffins and for some visitors this is a life long dream come true.

Skomer Island Photography Workshop

Puffins in pristine breeding condition at the Wick

Gannets diving and Puffins landing next to their burrows are a common sight during June.

Our Puffins waddle, march, scurry, hop, walk right past your feet – we’re not sure how to describe them so you’ll have to come and decided for yourself!

A shade of pink is added to the island’s colour as Campion decorates the land.

Keep your eyes open for Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises playing in the turquoise waters; as thousands of birds whirl about your head; the ‘Garland Stone’ is a favourite ‘hang out’ for our sea friends.

Select your island spot and enjoy watching the Puffins returning with their beaks full of Sand Eels!

Bluebells and red campion on Skomer

Bluebells and red campion on Skomer

Atlantic Grey Seals are preparing to give birth to their pups on the pebble beach come late August. Skomer is one of the best places to see Seal pups during September.

Our Seals continue to entertain island visitors with their squabbles during the day, a colony of Atlantic Grey Seals can be found on the beach just below the research office.

Skomer island is home to the largest Manx Shearwater colony in the world. However, it’s only our overnight visitors that are able to experience our amazing Manxies. The island is a warren of burrows that house these beautiful birds.

After dark guests are invited to witness the arrival of thousands of Manx Shearwaters returning to their island burrows after a day spent at sea. This is truly an experience not to be missed!

Skomer Seal pup by Andy Davies

Skomer seal pup by Andy Davies

Skomer is located in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The last village before the embarkation point is Marloes, food and drinks are available from our Lockley Lodge where you will also need to reserve your place on the Skomer boat. Click here for information on the facilities in Marloes.

Post code for parking is SA62 3BJ – allow 30mins from Haverfordwest or Milford Haven.

Parking

The National Trust operates a car park in Martin’s Haven which costs £5 per day. Post code for the car park is SA62 3BJ.

Entrance charge

Landing fees are paid at Lockley Lodge (visitor centre) and the boat fare is paid on the boat. Please take sufficient cash as neither the boatman not the Wildlife Trust can take credit cards for the boat fare. Your landing fee helps us do the important conservation work on the island, by becoming a member you will not have to pay the landing fee and your membership will ensure wildlife has a future.

Landing Fee Boat fare
Members * FREE £11
Adults (16 and upwards) £10 £11
Children (1 and over & Under 16) £5 £7
Children (Under 1) Free Free

*Members of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales must present their membership card to gain free landing. It is possible to buy membership at Lockley Lodge or join before you travel by visiting our Membership Page

If you are a private lander on Skomer Island then please go to our Private Landers page as there is a small fee and you will need to get in touch with the wardens.


Access to the Island

Skomer is a wild island with no cafe facilities at present; however water can be bought on the island.

We advise all visitors to wear suitable clothing and footwear and to come prepared for unpredictable weather conditions.

As there are limited facilities on the island you will need to bring your own picnic and drink, there are facilities available in the village of Marloes and last minute snacks can be purchased at Lockley Lodge Visitor Centre.

Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the island due to the vulnerable nature of this precious sea bird colony. To check if the boats are running please call 01646 636800.

The island has 87 steep steps to climb from where the boat lands, a certain level of fitness is required to access the island.

What if the boats are not running?

There is still plenty to do in the area – lovely beaches, amazing landscape, arts and crafts or just a cup of tea.