Skomer Island

Black-legged kittiwake with chick

 Ed Marshall

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Skomer Island

The ultimate wildlife adventure

Located less than a mile off the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, Skomer is truly a wonderful place to visit. Between April and July, Skomer is well known for its puffins, but there is so much more to this National Nature Reserve - including Manx shearwaters, dolphins, seals, razorbills. Shades of pink are added as the weather warms and swathes of red campion cloak the landscape.

Ticket price information and booking

Skomer day trips

Our online booking for April to September is now open. All Skomer Island day visit tickets must be prebooked. The number of visitors is managed to 250 a day to prevent erosion and to control the impact of people on the wildlife. Find out more about overnight stays.

Boat times

  • Boats depart Tuesday to Sunday at 10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am, 11.30 am and 12 noon.
  • From September there will be one visitor boat at 11 am only. Return boats will be from 3 pm.
  • There are no sailings on Mondays with the exception of Whitsun Bank Holiday at the end of May.
  • Return trips run from 3 pm and are allocated according to your outward journey. 
  • Boat times are subject to change.
  • From September there will be one visitor boat at 11 am only. Return boats will be from 3 pm. 
  • To find out if the boats are going check the Twitter feed or call 01646 636800 in the afternoon.
  • Day trips to Skomer are often oversubscribed during the peak season from May to mid-July so on the busiest days extra guided island cruises are operated and visitors have the option to see the island and the wildlife from boat instead. You can book a cruise here.

Biosecurity

The islands of Skomer and Skokholm are home to breeding populations of seabirds of both national and international importance. There are no significant ground predators on the islands. Their continued absence is key to the future conservation of our seabirds and other ground-nesting birds.

The introduction of new species such as rats, or even other, smaller rodents, poses the greatest risk to the islands. Islands such as neighbouring Ramsey, where rats arrived via shipwrecks, are testament to the damage that can be caused. Other introductions such as of new plant species also have the potential to massively damage the island’s ecology.

Adopting some quick and easy safeguards could make all the difference. These apply to both day visitors and overnight visitors to both islands.

  • Prior to your trip, pack and store all your luggage in a rodent-free environment avoiding garages and sheds. On the day of travel, inspect luggage to ensure no rodent has accessed the containers. All luggage must be closed. Open bags and unsealed luggage will not be permitted.
  • Avoid leaving your luggage unattended in Martins Haven as this is a high-risk area where rats are regularly recorded.
  • Do not bring anything that might present a threat onto the island. This includes plants with root balls and compost including potted herbs, seeds etc.
Luggage

Know before you go

  • Skomer is a wild island with no cafe facilities at present so you will need to bring your own food and drink. There are facilities available in the village of Marloes and last-minute snacks can be purchased at Lockley Lodge Visitor Centre. 
  • We advise all visitors to wear suitable clothing and footwear and to come prepared for unpredictable weather conditions.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the island due to the vulnerable nature of this precious sea bird colony.
  • The island has 87 steep steps to climb from where the boat lands, a certain level of fitness is required to access the island.
  • Read the Code of conduct around seabirds and seals before your visit and help keep all our wildlife safe.

Parking

For the car park at Martins Haven please bring coins, the car park staff do not have cash and the machine does not accept cards. £6 all day. £3 for 3 hours. The car park is not owned or managed by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

Private landings

If you are a private lander on Skomer Island then the cost is £20 per adult, and £15 per child. Please note there is no discounted rate for members. Landing is permitted Tuesday-Sunday, between 10 am and 4 pm April to September.

Landing is permitted in North Haven only and four public moorings are available during the summer months on a first come first served basis or you can anchor just east of the landing steps, but keep clear of the public landing steps used by the island ferry and the southeast part of the bay. The seagrass bed here is a protected feature and buoys, marked with a cross, indicate the area to be avoided. 

All private landers must receive a welcome talk from a member of staff, before exploring the island. Please call Skomer Warden (07971114302) or Skomer Visitor Officer (07530796150) on arrival. Staff can also be reached on Channel 74, call sign Skomer One.

Skomer island has strict bio-security rules to prevent the arrival of invasive species, rats in particular. All private landers need to check their belongings and tenders for stowaways, open bags will not be permitted. For more information pre-arrival, please see the boat owners guide here: https://biosecurityforlife.org.uk/resources/category/boating-owners-guide

In a northerly wind, you’ll find better shelter on the other side of The Neck in South Haven, a safe anchorage although no landing is allowed anywhere around this bay. In the meantime, landings are solely via the Dale Sailing Ferry service. Tickets can be purchased in advance online here.

People watching Gannet colony

Peter Cairns/2020VISION

Volunteering on Skomer

We offer weekly and long-term volunteering opportunities

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two puffins

Puffins by Gillian Day

Island wildlife

What to look out for

Skomer LIVE with Lizzle Daly and Yussef Rafik!