4 Reasons to Visit Skomer Island this Summer
Updated: Apr 12
An exclusive island, accessible only by boat. If you are wanting to combine rugged coastal beauty, wildlife aplenty, an escape from the crowds, something cool to teach your kids whilst their eyes are not fixed to their screens and a chance for you to escape technology and all the demands from being connected, a trip to Skomer is the perfect family day trip, suitable for both grown-ups and kids. What budding Pirate, Zoologist or wannabe Mermaid wouldn’t want to take on a mini-adventure like this?
The first challenge that awaits are the steep steps that you must climb as you disembark the boat. Once these have been conquered, explorers young and old have approximately 4 ½ hours to walk the paths and observe the local wildlife. Alternatively, you can use a guide who will give you all the information you need about the island and what it has to offer. Pack a family picnic and enjoy the total escapism provided by this idyllic location.
1. BOAT TRIP
With the wind in your hair, you will all enjoy the freedom and excitement of a short boat trip directly to the island.
Skomer is renowned for its wildlife, most notably the Puffin. If your voyage is between April and early August you should be lucky enough to see these bright, beautiful birds and may be able to get as close as just a few feet away.
3. MARINE LIFE
Who can spot the most sea life whilst on the boat? The keen-eyed could spot Atlantic Grey Seals, Dolphins or Harbour Porpoises.
4. UNIQUE TO SKOMER
If your little ones aspire to be the next David Attenborough, they should keep their eyes peeled and down to the ground for the Skomer Vole as it is unique to the island. There are approximately 20,000 on the island, but be warned, they are small, so blink and you will miss them!
For 2021, an online booking system will be in operation with limited numbers of spaces available per day. Please see the Pembrokeshire Islands website for details on booking your tickets for the boat and the island - https://www.pembrokeshire-islands.co.uk/boat-trips/land-on-skomer/.
With trips running from 1st April (or Good Friday, whichever is first) to 30th September and is closed on Mondays (except for Whitsunday bank holiday Monday). Be sure to bring your camera, sturdy footwear and cash for the boat ticket. Children under 16 can land for free on the island, and the boat trip is just £7 for them. There are basic toilet facilities on the island but no shop, so remember to pack a lunch.
Whilst the island itself isn’t dog-friendly, families with dogs do not have to miss out on the adventure. The Pembrokeshire Dog Boarding Day Care Centre will take care of your precious pooch while you are visiting - https://www.facebook.com/pembrokeshiredogboarding.
Credit for images: https://www.welshwildlife.org/skomer-day-trip/