Visiting and Staying on Skomer and Skokholm

Staying on the islands of Skomer and Skokholm is an incredible experience. The sounds of the islands at night are particularly special, Manx shearwaters fly in in their thousands to land in the relative safety of the dark. The islands themselves are quite different in character, Skokholm is wilder than Skomer, it being just that little further out and smaller than its sister island.

You can visit both of these amazing islands throughout the spring and summer months, between April and September.  Overnight stays and short breaks are the best way to have a fabulous island experience. Alternatively, you can visit Skomer on a day trip.  We let Skomer’s wildlife have a rest day from human visitors on Mondays (except Bank Holidays), however, you can enjoy a Skomer cruise on Mondays to see the cliff nesting birds from the water. Skokholm is so busy with bird observatory work that they are unable to take day visitors currently.

More in depth information about staying or visiting these special islands is available below.

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