Holidays in West Wales
Skomer Island is a secluded Island found just off the South West Coast of Pembrokeshire, South Wales. Home to many different species of rare sea birds, and other distinct wildlife, its tranquil environment has been attracting nature lovers and bird watching enthusiasts for many years and is still the reason why so many people retreat to this beautiful Island.
If your ideal holiday is being surrounded by breath taking countryside and relaxing on the rocks listening to the soothing sounds of the Ocean as it sweeps across the rocky outcrops, then a visit to Skomer will capture your heart and take you on a journey into the life of the natural world. You will be blown away by the stunning rural beauty that encapsulates the secrets of the Island, as you spend time exploring in and out of the shaded trees learning more about the life of the magnificent creatures that inhabit here.
Start your journey with a drive through the enchanting landscape of the South West coast, bordered by flourishing trees, and rolling hills, the drive will awaken your senses and cast your attention to the vivid horizon that awaits you. The picturesque village of Marloes is located along the edge of the Peninsula, and Skomer Island is then just a short boat trip away from the village, taking less than twenty minutes to arrive on the Island. The “Dale Princess” departs daily from St Martin’s Haven and will give you a panoramic view of the Island as you approach it from the waves of the crystal waters.
Once on the Island, spend the day embracing the peaceful atmosphere by taking a gentle walk along the Islands edge, seeking out the superb views and wildlife that flourish around you. Enjoy seeing rare species such as Puffins, Razorbills, Herring Gulls, Buzzards, Peregrine Falcons and much more! If staying overnight, be amazed not only by the magical atmosphere created by the starlit skies, but also by the astounding and rare sight of the Manx Shearwaters returning to the safety of their burrows under the glistening moonlight.
With the area being an important breeding ground to all these species, it is protected by the Wildlife trust and has been made a National Nature Reserve. Other species present on the Island are that of Grey Seals, Skomer Voles and rabbits. In spring see the Island at its best, as it is covered in a carpet of bluebells. There is also a ruin of an ancient farm in the centre of the Island and other evidence suggests that the Island was once inhabited during the Iron Age.
When returning to Marloes, satisfy your appetite by visiting “The Lobster Pot Hotel”, a family friendly pub serving a wide selection of food and beverages to suit the needs of everyone. From here you can also visit the picturesque beach of Little Haven, and also the historical town of Haverfordwest for an enjoyable shopping experience. Whatever your interests, a trip to Skomer Island will be an unforgettable experience that you can either share with a loved one, or the whole family.