Skomer Island Accommodation and Holiday Guide
Skomer is one of the best places in Wales to see rare birds and has been a designated National Nature Reserve since 1959. It is the largest of the 3 islands, being over 700 acres in size. Home to over half a million breeding sea birds, including, Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Cormorants, Shags, Manx Shearwaters, Storm Petrels, Kittiwakes and the extremely pretty puffin.
Skomer is one of the best places in Wales to see rare birds and has been a designated National Nature Reserve since 1959. It is the largest of the 3 islands, being over 700 acres in size. Home to over half a million breeding sea birds, including, Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Cormorants, Shags, Manx Shearwaters, Storm Petrels,
Kittiwakes and the extremely pretty puffin.
Land birds such as Choughs, Peregrines, Buzzards, Skylarks and Owls are also often spotted around Skomer.
The island is also interesting from an archaeological point of view, having the remains of hundreds of ancient huts, a stone circle, crumbling ramparts and Harold's Stone - a bronze age standing stone. Indeed, it is thought that the island was home to a large iron age community.
On the north of the island, grey seals which pup in September are often spotted basking. Dolphins and porpoises are also regular visitors to the coast around the islands.
Skomer and Skokholm together house the largest colony of Manx Shearwaters in the world and with over 50% of the global population, between the two islands. These are burrow-nesting birds, and lay just one egg.
Dale Sailing takes trips to the island.
The farm complex in the centre of the island has undergone a renovation project over the last two years. Overnight visitors can now stay in the old barn which has been converted into comfortable accommodation sleeping a total of 15 people.
No booking is required, crossings are at 1000h,1100h and 1200h each day. Sailings may be disrupted by the weather - check by calling Lockley Lodge (01646 636234), Dale Sailing (01646 603123) or the Dale Princess (07831 659623).
A boat fare is payable on the boat. Prices in 2007 are £8 adult, £6 children.
There is no island landing fee for overnight guests.
HOW TO GET THERE
The boat departure point is Martin’s Haven (Ordnance Survey map reference SM760091) two miles on from Marloes Village which is about 12 miles south-west of Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire. Full details will be sent with confirmation of booking.
There is a National Trust car park, manned through the day, at Martin’s Haven. The charge is £2.50 per day (2006) for non-National Trust members. For overnight security we recommend West Hook Farm about 1/4 mile from the Haven. West Hook Farm charges in 2006 were £2.50 per day, and £10 a week; prior arrangement should be made with the Thomas family (01646 636424).
There is a strict Code of Conduct operated on the island in order to protect the environment and wildlife, but also to prevent accidents - please respect it.
Bad weather or high seas may delay the boats or interfere with sailing altogether.
In the event of being unable to get to the Island a refund of the booking fee (less deposit) 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.
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015