The Welsh Wildlife website will give you all the information you need to find out how to plan your trip to Skomer. You have to catch the little ferry from Martins Haven in the morning as early as possible to sail across the short distance to the island. If you visit the Trip Adviser page and have a good read you will get some tips on what to take and when to arrive in order to be sure to catch the small boat. Visitor numbers are limited and you cannot book much in advance because of the weather so you do have to go prepared to wait your turn for the boat. I think this is all part of the adventure!
The Skomer puffins arrive back from their winter habitat in the southern hemisphere towards the end of March and normally the first chicks hatch out in May. Ideal weeks to visit are in June after the Whitsun week which can get very busy. The small birds have normally flown away by the end of July.
Pembrokeshire Boat Rides to see Grassholm gannets – lots of fun!
Catching the little ferry from St Justinians you can spend the day on Ramsey quite happily or if preferred you can go straight to Grassholm to see the gannets – they say there are 50,000 on the island!
Thousand Island Boat Trips will take you round the delights of St Brides Bay and further afield to Grassholm and Ramsey and even The Smalls. We recommend splashing (!) out on a 3 hour trip to see the amazing wildlife off the Pembrokeshire Coast while staying in the area. Usually boats go from Whitesands Bay or St Justinians and booking is quick and easy.
Gannets of Grassholm
A friend took these lovely photos of the gannets of Grassholm – Awesome sight seeing so many gannets and the smell is something else too!
If staying at Old Oak Barn near Carmarthen you wont have to get up early to make the most of the day because you can catch the afternoon boat or in the summer there is an option to do an early evening trip. We have all the information here for you to plan your day.