Wave goodbye to the last visitor boat of the day…
the island and its unique evening wildlife are yours to enjoy.
Relax in comfort at the Old Farm self catering accommodation or wander off to find to find your perfect spot to watch one of the islands amazing sunsets.
Our Visit Wales accredited accommodation provides overnight visitors with all the equipment required to make a mouth watering meal or a quick snack on the go in the communal kitchen.
The comfortable lounge with log burner is a cosy place to reflect upon the days magic and prepare yourself for an evening filled with wildlife.
Skomer offers overnight guests a nightly bird log, guests have the opportunity to discuss their wildlife sightings, hear from experts and contribute their experiences at the Island Library.
Alternatively if you do not wish to socialise you will have the whole island to yourself to enjoy one of those spectacular sunsets before the thousands of Manx Shearwaters fly back in and fill the night sky with their calls.
When can I book my 2021 adventure?
I am sure that most of you reading this will be aware that Skomer and Skokholm have remained closed for day and residential visitors this season. A small team have remained isolated on the island to protect the breeding seabirds and conduct essential research and monitoring.
The overnight guests that were due to visit this year were given the option of transferring their stays to the same days in 2021 and the vast majority of people decided to do this.
A large proportion of people that decided not to transfer their booking to next year have asked to donate their booking fees or in some instances the whole of the cost of their stays to the Trust. These displays of understanding and generosity have on occasion been quite overwhelming and will make a considerable difference over the coming months.
We face a period of uncertainty for 2021. If the situation remains the same with regard to the Coronavirus, the challenges will also remain constant. We would need to consider how we manage the shared accommodation facilities. We would need to carefully plan how to quarantine all guests on the islands for up to 2 weeks, if someone displayed symptoms of the virus whilst staying on an Island.
We know that nearly all bed spaces for 2021 between mid- April and the end of July on both islands have been reserved for guests that have transferred their bookings from this year. We also understand that we might need to limit the number of overnight guests to maintain a safe environment for all.
The result of these considerations has forced our hand and we feel that opening the bookings for the remaining spaces on both islands in October would be misleading and irresponsible. We fully understand that this will be a huge disappointment once we understand more about the impacts of Coronavirus next year, we will be able to allow further bookings. We will update both our website and our social media channels and e-newsletters when the situation for next year becomes clear.
We thank you for your understanding and support at this difficult time and we remain hopeful for a solution in the not too distant future.
What will I see?
This exceptional island is incredible to stay on regardless of the time of year; in late spring through to July the whole island teems with life, from the incredible spring flowers to the thousands of puffins and other sea birds, later in the year you can have a wild island experience as the thousands of Manx Shearwaters return to the island at night. The Manx Shearwater chicks can be seen exercising their wings and launching clumsily for their long first flight.
The Shearwater calls come from the sky, the land and underground.
Atlantic grey seals are preparing to give birth to their pups in the coves and on the beaches, whilst young ravens tussle in the sky. Our seals continue to entertain island visitors with their squabbles throughout August and September.
Check out our events page for information about all our island events.
Stunning late summer sunsets finish off your perfect day and prepare you for the wild night to come.
Boat Times for Accommodation
Start your Island Adventure, by boarding the Dale Princess from Martin’s Haven, at 9am on the morning of departure.
From September, boats will depart at 10am on the morning of departure.
All useful information including departure times will be confirmed in your island holiday pack.
Check out www.marloes.org.uk for accommodation and more activities on the mainland near Martin’s Haven.
WARNING Bad weather or high seas may delay the boats or interfere with sailing altogether. You can keep an eye on the our Boat Twitter Feed which can be viewed on the Day Visit page
In the event of being unable to get to the island a refund of the fee (less non returnable booking fee) will be made but the Trust is unable to accept responsibility for costs that might be incurred should you become stormbound on the island or need to find alternative accommodation on the mainland. It is therefore recommended that visitors take out their own insurance cover against such eventualities. This can normally be done through your usual insurance company.
It is advisable NOT to make important dates in your calendar for the few days after what should be your departure date from the island.
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 pre-booked in at West Hook Farm(add direct link). Luggage drop off is NO longer available