Skomer Island lies about a mile off the
south-western tip of Pembrokeshire. It is probably the most
important seabird site in southern Britain and includes maritime
grassland, lush inland vegetation, streams and man-made
Most of the island is 60 metres above sea level, with most of the
coast made up of steep sea cliffs. At one point the island is
nearly bisected except for a narrow isthmus.
It is also rich in historical remains. Early field systems, huts
and enclosures provide considerable evidence of human occupation
here in prehistoric times.
The reserve also includes Skomer Island and Middleholm SSSI and
Pembrokeshire Marine SAC.
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The current farm buildings date back to 1834 and the island was
managed as a farm, passing through four different owners. In recent
years the buildings have been renovated and were formally opened in
The Nature Conservancy Council (now CCW), with help from the
Wildlife Trust, bought the island in 1959.
- There are steps from the car park to the lane leading to the
jetty, and also steep steps from the end of the lane to the
- The jetty itself is a steep and narrow metal grid platform
which can be very slippery. There is also a large step up and down
to the boat, though the crew will assist passengers.
- On arrival at Skomer Island there are 90 concrete steps from
the landing stage to the start of the island footpath network.
Up on the
island there is a network of paths taking in the variety of
landscape and dramatic views on the island. Visitors are asked not
to stray from the paths in order to avoid disturbing the wild birds
and other wildlife, and particularly not to step off the path near
the puffin colony at the Wick.
The natural formation of a long
narrow, cliff-lined inlet means that visitors can easily enjoy the
awe-inspiring sight of thousands of auks squeezed onto narrow cliff
ledges. The part of the island east of the neck is not open to
visitors. All the footpaths are of natural surfaces, mainly
compacted soil and short turf but with some rocky sections, narrow
and steep in places.
How to get there
Access is only possible via a scheduled boat
- Embarkation point – Martin’s Haven.
- The service runs between 1 April (or Good Friday, whichever
earlier) and 31 October with no landings on Mondays except Bank
- The island is closed for four days in late May or early June
for the annual bird count.
- The service does not operate in rough weather or when there is
a moderate wind from the north – check before travelling.
- You can land in your own boat, but only during opening hours
(open 10:00am, all off by 6:00pm) and days.
- Please land only at North Haven, at the landing tyres or slip
by white hut.
- All private landings must see the warden before proceeding onto
the island for an introductory talk and to pay a landing fee.
The main car park serving the island is the National Trust car park
located near the end of the Marloes peninsula. To reach this car
- Take the B4327 from Haverfordwest (signposted for Dale),
following the signs for the village of Marloes.
- Continue through Marloes for another mile. The car park is
located at the end of this road on the left, about 150m from the
jetty. It is not possible to park beyond this point. There are no
reserved places. A parking fee is payable, except for NT
There is a
bus service to Marloes village and a summer season bus to Martin's
Haven car park.
For more information contact
Traveline Cymru on 0871 2002233 or visit
Island: There is a visitor centre and
accessible toilet facilities, located 800 metres from the landing
stage at the old farm.
Mainland: The WTSWW Information Centre at
Lockley Lodge, 20m from the Martin’s Haven car park which has
There is a CCW Visitor Centre 50m from Lockley Lodge, and further
toilet facilities on the lane leading to the jetty.
CCW leases Skomer to the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
(WTSWW), which manages the island. For more information visit the
Trust’s website or contact them via e-mail,
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01656 724100.
You can contact CCW’s Western Team via our enquiries helpline,
0845 1306229, e-mail email@example.com or write to us under the
‘Contact the team’ section on this website.