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The Old Farm offers simple, self-catering, hostel-style accommodation between April and October at the centre of the island, allowing guests to explore Skomer after day visitors have left.

The Visit Wales-accredited accommodation is run by the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales. Overnight visitors have an opportunity to discuss their wildlife sightings, hear from the resident experts, and record their experiences at the island’s library, as well as contribute to a nightly bird log. There is also plenty of time to find a perfect spot to watch one of the island’s fine sunsets. 

Accommodation is basic but comfortable, consisting of two spacious rooms each with two single beds, and a four-bedded room with two single beds plus a two-tier bunk bed. A communal kitchen has everything needed to prepare a meal, while the comfortable lounge has a log-burning stove and makes a cosy place in which to relax and reflect on the day. Solar power provides both hot water and electricity for lighting. There are communal toilets and showers, and hot water bottles are provided in case it gets cold at night. Depending on your network, a mobile phone signal is available, but there is no Wi-Fi. There are very few power outlets for recharging camera batteries, so be sure to take extra batteries. 

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Key info

  • Available*: Apr-Oct * The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.

Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Skomer’s Perfect Puffins

The Welsh island of Skomer off the Pembrokeshire coast is home to one of the UK’s largest breeding colonies of Atlantic puffins and Manx shearwaters. Join award-winning photographer Bret Charman on this three-day trip to photograph these seabirds trip at the height of the breeding season.

  • When to go: May-Jun
  • Duration exc. flights: 3 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Skomer Island

Skomer Island - Ynys Sgomer in Welsh - is situated off the lovely Pembrokeshire coast, and is famed for its wildlife. Some 50% of the world population of Manx shearwaters nests here, and the colony of Atlantic puffins is the largest in southern Britain, while its one unique mammal - the Skomer vole - is endemic.

  • Where: Wales
  • Ideal for viewing: Atlantic puffin, Manx shearwater, short-eared owl, Skomer vole, grey seal
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Birdwatching