Why you should go on a boat trip in Pembrokeshire

Aug 12, 2021Days Out, On the Water

We know that everyone has worked particularly hard this last year and deserves a relaxing break away. But we also think that you need to do a little exploring as there is so much to see and do. Going on a boat trip in Pembrokeshire can be an amazing day out for the whole family. 

With so many things to see along our coastline, we think going on a boat trip in Pembrokeshire is essential! Exploring the rugged weather-beaten coast and wildlife-filled islands that surround the coast. Where do you want to go?

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Ramsey Island 

Ramsey Island is 640 acres and is currently owned by the RSPB as a bird reserve. It is a breeding site for the endangered chough and peregrine. There are so many spectacular things to see around Ramsey Island, headlands are often adorned with heather and gorse. The habitat for stonechats, meadow pipits, linnets and skylarks. Peregrine falcons, choughs and ravens like to nest high up on the 100-metre high cliffs on Ramsey Island. Take a boat trip in Pembrokeshire to explore the wonderful Ramsey Island and all it has to offer.

Skomer Island 

Skomer is the largest of the islands at 730 acres. At the end of the last Ice Age, sea levels rose and cut this island off from the mainland. Skomer is only a mile away from the coast and makes a perfect place to take a boat trip in Pembrokeshire.

The island has an abundance of wildlife, keep an eye out for the famous Skomer Vole and thousands of rabbits that roam the island. Along with buzzards, peregrine falcons and owls. Skomer is also famous for its puffins as it’s home to over 6,000 pairs, the largest Atlantic puffin colony in Britain. It is also home to over half of the world’s population of Manx Shearwaters, with over 120,000 pairs residing on Skomer. Skomer is also covered with bluebells and red champions, there is also an abundance of rock sea-lavender. Every glimpse on the island is full of wildlife and is not something to be missed.

Grassholm Island 

Grassholm is eight miles away from the coast and makes for an unmissable boat trip in Pembrokeshire. It is the westernmost point of Wales and was one of the first islands to be protected by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in 1947. Grassholm is known for its gannet population of over 39,000 pairs. 

Often encountered near Grassholm are dolphins, porpoises and seals. Dolphins are very curious and they often interact with the boat. On rare occasions, species such as minke whales, orca, basking sharks and leatherback turtles are sighted in the water around Grassholm. 

Where do our local boat trips go?

With so many different boat trips nearby, there are plenty of choices for your day on the ocean waves. Falcon Boats offer trips to Ramsey, Skomer, Grassholm and even do a sunset wildlife trip. These boat trips in Pembrokeshire take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours depending on which trip you take. 

Voyages of Discovery do boat trips to both Ramsey and Skomer islands.  They also have a whale and dolphin voyage which is one of the best ways to spot these magnificent creatures. You can also book group trips and even fishing trips. The voyages last anywhere between 1 hour and 2.5 hours. 

Ramsey Island is owned and protected by the RSPB who have granted Thousand Islands Expeditions sole landing rights to the Island. When you arrive on the island, RSPB staff will give an informative talk about the island and will then provide you with a map – you are then free to explore all that Ramsey has to offer at your own pace. This is an amazing opportunity to take in the picturesque views and spot wildlife.

Thousand Island Expeditions also runs other boat trips in Pembrokeshire including a jet boat trip to spot seals, seabirds, caves, and dolphin watching boat trips, too. 

Make sure when booking your holiday that you also book a boat trip in Pembrokeshire ahead of time. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out!