Skomer Island Hostel, Skomer Island, Martins Haven, Haverfordwest, SA62 3BJ.

Call Booking office on 01656 724100

Hostel on a remote island, off the Pembrokeshire Coast

Staying at Skomer Island hostel gives you the unique chance of staying on an uninhabited island.

Skomer island lies off the Pembrokeshire coast, 13 miles SW of Haverfordwest. At approx. 730 acres, it is the largest of Pembrokeshire’s islands. It is one of Britain’s most important seabird colonies. A wildlife haven, National Nature Reserve, and the very definition of ‘off the beaten track’.

The hostel, sympathetically converted from the barn of the island’s only (abandoned) farmstead, sleeps 16 across 5 rooms. There’s a well equipped, self-catering kitchen and a lovely lounge/dining room with log burner. Adjoining the hostel is accommodation for the island’s rangers, scientists and volunteers.

The island is open to visitors from April to September, and whatever time of year you visit there will be sights and sounds to captivate and entrance. In April the carpets of bluebells start to flower and thousand upon thousand of migrant birds including everyone’s favourite, the puffin, start to arrive. Throughout the season, the haunting calls of the hundred of thousand Manx shearwaters can be heard after nightfall. By late July the puffins head back out to sea and as mid-August approaches, bright-white seal pups appear on the beaches and coves.

Whatever time of year you decide to visit you are assured of a truly memorable stay . As the day visitors leave in the afternoon, you have the island to yourself, to savour the isolation and remoteness and enjoy the spectacular sunsets.
All bedding is provided. Pack lightly as all your luggage has it be carried from the boat up a steep path to the dumper truck luggage transport.

This accommodation is featured on our map of South Wales and Pembrokeshire and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    16: 1x5, 1x4, 1x3, 2x2
  • Open:

    1st April - 30th September
  • Price per night:

    April - £65pp. May/June/July - £90pp. August/September - £55pp. Children 12 and under are half price.
  • Booking:

    Please call 01656 724100 to book.
  • Directions:

    Once on the island we need to transport your belongings up the island steps to our Dumper Truck. Please bear this in mind when packing. The Hostel is a 15/20 minute walk from the Landing at North Haven. Your luggage will be transported using the islands' Dumper Truck.
  • Public Transport :

    Boats leave for Skomer from Martins Haven (SA62 3BJ). Overnight changeover boats run on Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, usually at 9am. Please note there is an charge of £20pp (return) as boat fare. Puffin bus operates from St Davids to Martins Haven -
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Wales Coast Path Pembrokeshire Coast Path
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aMixed dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
fSleeping bags required
kSelf catering facilities


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David Attenborough visits Skomer Island for the BBC1 series, Wild Isles.

March 7th 2023

Image : Sir David Attenborough with Wildlife Trust staff on Skomer Island. Picture by : Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

Skomer Island, located off the coast of Wales, is home to thousands of Puffins, Manx Shearwaters and a diverse range of wildlife..

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During his visit, Sir David had the opportunity to witness some of the island’s most spectacular wildlife, including puffins, manx shearwaters, storm petrels, guillemots, and razorbills. These species are known for their unique and striking appearances, as well as their important roles in the island’s ecosystem.

In a statement, Sir David expressed his admiration for the British Isles, saying: “In my long lifetime, I have travelled to almost every corner of our planet. I can assure you that in the British Isles, as well as astonishing scenery there are extraordinary animal dramas and wildlife spectacles to match anything I have seen on my global travels.”

Skomer Island, which is managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, offers visitors the opportunity to experience the island’s wildlife firsthand. The one and only accommodation on the island is the Skomer Island Hostel, which provides a comfortable and affordable place to stay for those looking to explore the island’s natural wonders.

There is only one building on the island. It is the hostel, visitor centre and warden accommodation. The hostel provides both private and shared accommodations. The private rooms are bunk beds, while the shared accommodations are dormitory-style and can accommodate up to 5 people. All rooms are equipped with heating and hot water, and guests have access to shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.

In addition to the hostel, Skomer Island offers a range of activities for visitors, including guided wildlife tours, bird watching, and hiking around the island. The island’s stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife make it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the natural world.

In conclusion, Sir David Attenborough’s visit to Skomer Island highlights the incredible wildlife and natural beauty that can be found in the British Isles. For those looking to follow in David Attenborough’s footsteps and experience this unique and breathtaking destination, Skomer Island Hostel provides a comfortable and affordable base from which to explore all that the island has to offer.

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Grab your chance to spend a few nights on the magical Skomer Island

March 5th 2023

Are you looking for an island retreat?! There are 2-night and 3-night stays available in the 3-star Hostel throughout Spring/Summer. Staying overnight on Skomer, off the Pembrokeshire coast, provides the perfect chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With a maximum of just 16-overnight guests, there’s always a quiet place or amazing wildlife encounter just round the corner. Beautiful, peaceful, and entirely unforgettable.

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Skomer Island – Your chance to stay on an enchanted island.

March 6th 2023

If you have a bucket list, then staying on Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire Coast for a couple of nights should be on it. If you don’t have a bucket list, you need to start one and put staying on Skomer at the top. You are assured of a never to-be-forgotten experience. The rare chance to spend nights on a deserted island in the company of 16 fellow guests, a handful of staff/volunteers and hundreds of thousands of birds.

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