Skomer Island

Monk Haven Manor B&B is the perfect place to stay for those wishing to visit Skomer Island, as we are just a short drive away.
 
Why not make the most of our courtesy service* during peak periods and let us pick up your tickets whilst you have breakfast! Or perhaps you would like an earlier breakfast and make your own way there. If you are on a walking holiday, and without a vehicle, then we will drop you off and pick you up from the embarkation point. We can provide a delicious packed lunch for you too!
It couldn't be easier to visit Skomer Island whilst staying with us at Monk Haven Manor B&B.
(* Note - ticket collection service is discretionary for guests of Monk Haven Manor B&B ONLY and runs from May through to July at peak times when early queuing is necessary to secure a ticket. The landing fee must be paid for in cash when pre-ordered with us the evening before).

Skomer is a world renowned seabird paradise, home to one of the largest breeding colonies of Puffins as well as the world's largest colony of Manx Shearwaters. Skomer is an enchanting island of sheltered and exposed headlands, offshore rocks and shaded inlets just off the coast of Pembrokeshire.
 
Both Skomer and the nearby island of Skokholm are special areas of conservation, with the waters around Skomer being the only marine reserve in Wales.
 

Visitors to Skomer invariably come for the wildlife and the abundance and variety of seabirds. The main season for Puffins is from April to the end of July. During Spring the island is a colourful affair with bluebells, mingled with pink campion and the White sea campion carpeting the ground on which the birds land. It becomes a fantastic vista, with swathes of colour as far as the eye can see.
During the Autumn Skomer is home to a large seal colony, as the breeding season begins and the seals have their pups.

 www.welshwildlife.org/skomer-skokholm/skomer

Getting to the Island

The island is within easy reach of the mainland. The ferry leaves the embarkation point at Martins Haven (a 5/10 minute drive from Monk Haven) from 10 am every day (except Mondays). The ticket office at Martins Haven opens at 8:30am. Tickets are sold daily on a first-come, first-served basis only. Day trip tickets are not sold in advance. It is recommended that you arrive at the ticket office (Lockley Lodge) for 8:30 at the latest to avoid large queues and secure your tickets. A maximum of only 250 people are allowed onto the island daily.
We also suggest making it your plan to visit on the earliest day of your holiday as the boats are subject to the vagaries of the weather, so it is not guaranteed that they will sail every day.
You buy your landing pass at the ticket office (at which point you will be advised what time your boat will leaving.)
You then pay your boat fee once on the boat - payment for this is CASH only.

The Boat trip to the island takes approximately 15 minutes and you will be told the time of your return trip. Usually you will have around 5 hours on the island to enjoy the spectacular experience of various nesting birds and wildlife.

(Please note that the island is very exposed. There is no shelter apart from the farmhouse, not even a tree. It is very easy to get wind and sun burn so ensure you take sunscreen with you and a hat.)

The only facilities on the island are toilets by the old farmhouse . There are no cafes etc. so you will need to bring a packed lunch and drinks, including water, with you. We would be more than happy to provide you with a lovely packed lunch from the Monk Haven kitchen.

As well as providing the boat for your trip over to Skomer, the Dale Sailing Company also offer round-the-island cruises each day, a wonderful way to see the wildlife of this special island. They also offer evening cruises on certain days of the week. For more information on this please look at their website:

www.pembrokeshire-islands.co.uk