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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.

Skomer Island - Copyright Adrian Owens
Skomer Island - Copyright Adrian Owens

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.

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.

Please note: There are no landings on Skomer on Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Buses to the Boats

Reach one of the most beautiful and remotest parts of the National Park without a car.

St Justinians - with its spectacular setting - has long been used as a departure point for boat trips to Ramsey and the more offshore islands.

Now people wanting to take a trip to the islands can catch a boat bus to St Justinians and help us improve access difficulties at this remote and cherished location.

Park: at the Grove, St Davids

Ride: to St Justinians

For full details of boat trips, see our visitor newspaper Coast to Coast.