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Pembrokeshire's Islands

Pembrokeshire's offshore islands are a highlight of any visit to the National Park. Each one has its own special character and unique landscape, where wildlife flourishes and time stands still.

The islands were named by the Vikings who sailed along this coast in the 8th to 10th centuries, though Caldey and Ramsey have older Welsh names reflecting early Christian tradition. The islands were inhabited far back in prehistory and most were farmed well into the 20th century. Today, many are nature reserves and all but Caldey are uninhabited, apart from wardens and volunteers.

Skomer Island
Wildflowers on Skomer Island​.

Caldey, Skomer and Ramsey are the easiest to visit, with daily boat trips from the mainland between Easter and October, but others can be seen at close quarters from a passenger boat.

For more details about boat trips, see our visitor newspaper Coast to Coast.