Skokholm Island

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…welcome to Skokholm!

If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway with a difference then look no further…

Lying in the Celtic Sea two miles off the south west Pembrokeshire coast, Skokholm has its own charm and sense of remoteness with tall, sandstone cliffs and a wild landscape.

The island is approximately half a mile across at its widest point and a mile in length which makes it perfect for exploring. There are never more than 26 people on the island, that’s 10 acres of space for every visitor!

In spring and summer it is colonised by tens of thousands of nesting seabirds returning to their island home. By day there is frenetic activity among the Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots and gulls and by night there is a more vocal but equally hectic commotion from the Manx Shearwaters and Storm Petrels.

There are often some fascinating migrants to look out for that are passing through.

Come and volunteer with us on this Dream Island.

Remember to pack your binoculars

Wild flowers create a backcloth with the white haze of Sea Campion seen even from off shore in May, while Bluebells, Red Campion and many other species create their own impact. A remarkable range of lichens reflect the island’s unpolluted atmosphere.

Porpoises and dolphins frequent the coast to reward the vigilant observer, while Grey Seals are hard to miss, often hauled out on the rocks in South Haven or Crab Bay.

Skokholm has been inhabited intermittently for hundreds of years but was brought to public notice by Ronald Lockley who leased it from 1927 to 1941. He established the first bird observatory in the UK in 1933 and wrote several books about his experiences on the island.

Visitors to Skokholm can escape the stresses of mainland life; find beauty, and a sense of solitude and tranquillity. Seclusion is easily achieved. It really is the perfect retreat for birdwatchers, artists, walkers, photographers and anyone seeking a relaxing getaway.

Skokholm from the air by Lucy Griffiths Looking across the Mayweed to Skokholm Island lighthouse Puffin amongst the thrift on Skokholm Island Thrift in flower on sandstone rocks of Skokholm Island Shelduck on pond on Skokholm Island Spectacular red sandstone cliffs of Skokholm Island Thrift on Skokholm Dramatic seas around Skokholm Island Skokholm Cottage Manx Shearwater Chick by G.Eagle Exploring Skokholm Island Bedroom accomodation in the Cow Shed Twin bedroom in the Cow Shed Bedroom in the Cow Shed Skokholm Island accomodation in the Cow Shed Skokholm Island Cow Shed bedroom The Cottage on Skokholm Island The cosy fire in Skokholm Islands cottage Gulls on Skokholm Island The Red Hut on Skokholm Island Skokholm Island Lighthouse Skokholm Island lighthouse What a view Skokholm Sunset Giselle, Skokholm Island Warden, admiring the view Richard, Skokholm Island Warden, photographing seabirds Thrift cushions in flower on Skokholm Island
Looking across the Mayweed to Skokholm Island lighthouse

Skokholm really is an incredible place to visit, truly a Dream Island

SkokholmCheck out our Skokholm island blog written by Richard and Giselle (our island wardens). This gives a great insight into island life and wildlife encounters on Skokholm.

More detailed information about Skokholm Island is available. You can also download the reports about Skokholm’s sea bird research.

By becoming a member of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales you will be supporting our vital conservation work on the island and you will be helping us with our work on our many other sites across south and west Wales. Please join us now and get priority bookings on overnight stays and free landing on Skomer.

The Friends of the Islands have been instrumental in the restoration work on the island over the last few years, both in terms of raising funds and the actual restoration work on the buildings.


It is now possible to buy the Dream Island DVD, which will help with the work on the island.

In Pembrokeshire we have 15 nature reserves including the significant reserve and visitor centre at Teifi Marshes.