Pembrokeshire

THE SOUTH

For us, no visit to Pembrokeshire would be complete without a day on Skomer Island. Arrive early in the day at Martin's Haven to catch the Dale Princess for the short crossing to the Island. Places are limited and there are no facilities to buy food on the Island. Late spring to early summer is the best time to see puffins, most have left by late July. Seals pup all around the coast in the autumn. Further off shore is the spectacular Island of Grassholm which is home to a vast gannet colony. Watch for these birds diving out of the sky for food. To experience the Manx Searwater colony on Skomer, you can arrange to stay overnight. If you prefer to stay on dry land, the coast around Martin's Haven is home to choughs and has fantastic views across to the Islands.

Find out more about Skomer at the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

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Further North, and moving out of Pembrokeshire the coast is equally inviting. Between Cardigan and New Quay you have a good chance of seeing dolphins from the coast path and again boat trips are available from Cardigan and New Quay. At Mwnt, just north of Cardigan, there are fantastic walks on the coast path and a good chance of seeing kestrels hunting on the cliffs. If you are lucky you will see them catch lizards and the like!

Keep traveling north and the Ceredigion coast path is a truly unspoilt gem. You will hardly see another person and the scenery and wildlife will captivate you! In spring, visit the Penderi Cliffs north of Llanrhystud or the Penglais Woods above Aberystwyth for a bluebell experience you will never forget!