Skokholm Breaks this spring

Spectacular red sandstone cliffs of Skokholm Islands

Spectacular red sandstone cliffs of Skokholm Islands

Skokholm Island Lighthouse

Skokholm Island Lighthouse

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

 

LAST MINUTE GETAWAYS

If you’re looking for a last minute get away and fancy something a little more remote, something where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, why not unwind on your very own island. There are never more that 26 people on Skokholm at one time. That’s 10 acres of space per visitor!

The island is approximately half a mile across at its widest point and a mile in length which makes it perfect for exploring. 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. Also, there are often some fascinating migrants to look out for that may pass through.

We have a limited number of last minute spaces available for three and four night stays on the island starting at £140 per person.

At present we have stays on the island available the week commencing 23rd and 30th April as well as some availability in May.

 

ROOM FACILITIES

Each room has solar powered hot water and electric lighting. There are 4 twin rooms and one double bedroom in the renovated farm buildings.

In the cottage there are 4 single rooms and one twin room which can be converted into a double.

There are further 2 twin rooms are in the Wheelhouse block. There are modern compost toilets adjacent to each block. However, living off grid means that there are no showers.

Electrical charging is available in the library but as all power is solar generated it may be limited on dull days. The library has an exceptional range of reference books and the common room in the cottage is open to all.

The accommodation is self-catering. Visitors bring their own food but there is a shop on the island well stocked with basic foods and treats. The communal kitchen has two cookers powered by bottled gas together with plenty of cooking and eating utensils and each visitor is allocated both fridge and freezer space. Because of the limited power there is no microwave.

Skokholm Island is a wild and beautiful place to stay, quieter and smaller than its sister, Skomer, there is a romance and charm to the place.

 

DAVE ASTINS BIRD WATCHING TOURS

For a more focused trip why not join Dave Astins for a three day trip to Skokholm and discover the fantastic wildlife that the island has to offer, with an expert guide. There are trips scheduled for spring and autumn migration in order to target peak passage and maximise the diversity of birds that you will see. It is a wildlife spectacle not to be missed and trips start from £169 per person as well as £27.50 to cover the boat charges.  The spring migration event takes place on 7th to 11th May and autumn migration watch starts on 7th September. To book onto one of Dave’s trips please call 01656 724100 or e-mail islands@welshwildlife.org

 

THE ISLAND’S WILDLIFE

Wild flowers create a backdrop 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.

Visit our Skokholm page to find out more or call 01656 724100 to check availability and book your trip.