A few miles from the mainland…a million miles from everywhere
Located a few miles off the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast are the stunning sister islands of Skomer and Skokholm. Known as the wildlife jewels in Wales’ crown both islands are managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
With contrasting appearance’s and unique personalities visitors to these incredible islands are often fascinated by their uniqueness, yet the sisters do share one thing in common… an abundance of amazing wildlife!
The wilder, quieter and smaller of the two islands has a unique charm and romance all of its own. Known for its beautiful rugged landscape and the most amazing red sandstone cliffs that rise from the north east and run all the way to the south west of the island. Home to an exciting array of flora, fauna and its scenery is beyond compare.
The only Bird Observatory in south Wales, thousands of Manx Shearwater, Storm Petrel and Puffin call this place home and a fantastic variety of migrant birds pass through the island in Spring and Autumn.
Atlantic Grey Seals, Harbour Porpoise, Common and Risso’s Dolphin found in the beautiful waters that surround the Island makes Skokholm a true wildlife spectacle.
Short and long stay packages are available for stays in our Visit Wales ‘Bygone era’ accredited accommodation.
…has a different feel to it. Unlike Skokholm, the island is open to day visitors from April to October. There is an instant air of excitement as soon as you arrive.
Made up mostly of volcanic rock and surrounded by shaded inlets, off shore rocks and sheltered bays, it’s an island full of mystery and discovery… it’s an island waiting to be explored.
During the spring and summer months Skomer really does put on a show, the island is a mass of blue and pink in colour. So prominent in fact, that the Bluebells and Campion can be seen from the nearby mainland!
The island is also home to its fair share of amazing wildlife also including Guillemots, Puffins, Razorbills, Skomer Rabbits, and the famous Skomer Vole, it is also known as the most important breeding site of Manx Shearwaters in the world. The autumn months on Skomer are also very special; watch our Atlantic Grey Seals make their way home ready to give birth.
Stay in the ‘Old Farm House’ Visit Wales accredited accommodation.
Did you know that half the world’s population of Manx Shearwater breed on Skomer and Skokholm, around 300,000 pairs and 45,000 pairs on each respectively?
Skokholm and Skomer appeal to and attract a wide variety of visitors ranging from wildlife enthusiasts, families looking for an adventure, photographers, walkers and guests who are looking to find a sense of solitude…they really are perfect ‘get away’ wildlife destinations.
Become a member of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and land on Skomer for free, members also receive priority bookings on overnight stays on both Skomer and Skokholm islands.
The islands are both supported by the fantastic Friends of the Islands who fundraise and do an incredible amount of work, from surveys to building repairs and maintenance.
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and Dale Sailing have been providing visitors with this unique opportunity to Cruise, Land and Stay on Skomer and Skokholm for over 30 years.