Where do you catch the boat to Skomer Island?

The first boat leaves from the jetty at Martins Haven at 10am and all Island landing tickets should be purchased from Lockley Lodge, next to the car park, prior to embarkation.

Are there still puffins on Skomer now?


There are about 25,000 – 30,000 breeding puffins on Skomer. Luckily the puffin colony here is thriving, which is fantastic news because many puffin numbers and colonies elsewhere, such as in Iceland, are declining.

Where do you catch the boat to Skomer Island? – Related Questions

What is the best time to visit Skomer Island?

What time to visit Skomer for the Puffins. Skomer Island is open to visitors April until end of September, so when do you choose to go? In an ideal world, I’d say go twice—May and beginning of July.

How long does it take to walk around Skomer?

DISTANCE/DURATION: 4.0 miles (6.4 km) 3 hours.

How long do puffins stay on Skomer?

late-July to early August: adults leave (The timing of the puffin breeding colonies is highly synchronised, so the departure of all adults takes place within a few days). Puffins live on land for only four months, and then they are off, back to the ocean.

Are there still puffins on Puffin Island?

Puffins were once common on the island, although they are today quite scarce. On the occasions when they breed here, they lay their eggs in cracks between the rocks, as the island’s craggy substrate prevents them from digging burrows in which to nest, as is their more common habit.

What time of year are puffins in Pembrokeshire?

Puffins can be seen on Skomer from April until August, with the biggest numbers present from June to mid-July.

Are there toilets on Skomer Island?

There are public toilets at Martin’s Haven, where you embark for Skomer. The shop sells drinks and snacks, but you will need to take drinks and a picnic with you for your day on the island. There is a public toilet on Skomer about 800m (1/2 mile) from the landing jetty.

How long do you need on Skomer Island?

Island life

In five hours you can walk around the majority of it. On your average walk you can expect to see puffins, Manx Shearwaters, gannets, peregrine falcons, Atlantic grey seals, kittiwakes, choughs and a pod of porpoises! There isn’t a cafe on Skomer so you have to bring a picnic but that is part of the fun!

Where is the best place to see puffins in Wales?

Wildlife on Skomer

Skomer is most famous for its Puffins. Together with neighboring Skokholm Island it forms the largest breeding Puffin colony in Southern Britain. But the Puffins account for just a small portion of the wildlife who call this island their home.

What is the best time of year to see puffins?

When to See Puffins. You can see puffins at their colonies from late April to August, but June and July are the best months to see them as at this time they are busy feeding their single chick.

How many puffins does Skomer have?

There are around 10,000 breeding pairs of puffins on Skomer and Skokholm Islands, making them one of the most important puffin colonies in Britain. They arrive in mid-April to nest in burrows, many of which have been dug by the island’s large rabbit population.

Does anyone live on Skomer?

About Skomer Island Accommodation

There are few places that offer an escape from the modern world, but Skomer is certainly one of them. You also have the opportunity to meet the staff and researchers who live and work on the island.

Are puffins endangered 2022?

Best known for their brightly coloured, triangular beaks, Puffins are one of the most distinctive of all seabirds and although they are not considered to be an endangered species, Puffins are extinct from many areas where they would have once been found in abundance.

When can you see puffins South Stack?

In spring, guillemots, razorbills and puffins breed on the iconic cliffs. The rare chough can be seen swooping along the cliffs all year round.

Is South Stack free?

Free entry to one of the island’s most spectacular sites

It provides wonderful views of the seabird colonies and gorgeous panoramic views across the Irish Sea.