Boat Trips

Boat Trips around Ramsey Island St Davids Pembrokeshire Wales

BOAT TRIPS

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LANDING ON RAMSEY ISLAND

​Ferry boat departs:   10.00        12.00
Boat returns:    12.00        16.00

Non members:                                               Adult £18.00   Concession £15.00   Child £8.50​
Friends of Ramsey / RSPB members:    Adult £12.00   Concession £12.00    Child £5.50

Ramsey Island is owned and protected by the RSPB who have granted Thousand Islands sole landing rights​ to the Island. Each day a privileged number of day visitors are invited to experience the unspoilt natural beauty of this spectacular island nature reserve. Seals, seabirds and a myriad flora and fauna make up this beautiful Pembrokeshire island. On arrival at Ramsey Island the warden will give you an introductory talk in the display room and a map, you are then free to explore the island at your leisure. There is a main trail of about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) which can be divided into two loops.
Lat/Lng: 51.86456, -5.33335 Grid Ref: SM706237

passengers landing on Ramsey Island RSPB Nature Reserve
Ramsey Island RSPB Nature Reserve Pembrokeshire coast National Park

THOUSAND ISLANDS ADVENTURE

Boat departs:   10.30        12.30        13.30         14.30        16.30

Adult £25.00   Concession £21.00   Child £12.00​   Under 4's £5.00

Join us on a Ramsey Island boat trip with our wildlife guide.   On our cruises on our traditional boat Gower Ranger you will experience the amazing natural beauty of this unspoilt island nature reserve.

Passing beneath some of the highest cliffs in Wales and home to spectacular breeding colonies of hundreds of nesting seabirds.  In season guillemots and razorbills line the cliff ledges, look out for fulmars and the noisey kittiwakes in the caves.  Chough and Peregrine Falcons can also be seen flying above.

Watch the Atlantic Grey seals, Ramsey has the largest grey seal breeding population in Southern Britain. 100's of fluffy white seal pups are born on Ramsey islands beaches each year from September to October.

Experience the swirling currents and white water in Ramsey Sound, there is a good chance of seeing Ramseys resident harbour porpoise.​

Ramsey Island boat trips in St Davids Wales
Caves around Ramsey Island RSPB Nature Reserve
Atlantic Grey Seals Ramsey Island RSPB Nature Reserve

LANDING AND AROUND

Boat departs:     10.30 boat trip around Ramsey    12.00 land on Ramsey for afternoon    16.00 return to mainland
                    or     10.00 land on Ramsey    16.30 boat trips around Ramsey   17.30 return to mainland
                    or     10.00 land on Ramsey    12.30 boat trip around Ramsey     13.30 return to mainland

Non RSPB members:                                 Adult £38.00    Concession £35.00    Child £18.00
Friends of Ramsey / RSPB members:    Adult £32.00    Concession £32.00    Child £15.00

Enjoy the best of both worlds. Combine the Thousand Islands Adventure boat trip around Ramsey Island with the Landing on Ramsey Island to enjoy Ramsey Island by land and by sea

ramsey island ramsey sound boat trips
Atlantic Grey Seal colony Ramsey Island St Davids
Ramsey Island RSPB Nature Reserve guided walks

1 HOUR JET BOAT TRIP

Boat departs:   hourly

Price:    Adult £25.00    Concession £21.00     Child £12.00    Under 4's £5.00

Get up close to nature on our powerful, shallow draft, all weather jet boat.  This is a 1 hour jet boat trip around Ramsey Island with a wildlife guide onboard.

Explore the bays and caves around Ramsey Island, venture through rocky gorges and across Ramsey Sound through some of the most powerful currents in the UK.

​Look for hundreds of nesting seabirds on some of the highest sea cliffs in Wales, you may also see Peregine Falcons and Chough flying overhead.  See the Atlantic grey seal colony, 100's of fluffy white seal pups are born on Ramseys beaches each year. theres also a chance to see our resident harbour porpoise feeding the Ramsey Sound.

1 hr Jet boat trips around Ramsey Island
Jet boat trips around Ramsey Island RSPB Nature Reserve
Fulmar around Ramsey Island RSPB nature reserve

2 HOUR SKOMER PUFFIN ADVENTURE

Boat departs:   hourly

Price:    Adult £48.00     Child £20.00

For the more adventurous join one of our 2 hr Jet Boat trips, a mixture of exhileration and sensitive appreciation of the wildlife.

We leave St Justinians Lifeboat Station and head across Ramsey Sound. At the right state of tide the fast currents and turbulent white water are quite spectacular, there is also a good chance of seeing the harbour porpoise here feeding in the fast currents.

It is now time to head off across St Brides Bay to Skomer Island. Keep your eyes open, you may see diving gannets, shearwaters and if you are lucky some dolphins.

​Arriving at Skomer you will find yourself amongst 100's of Puffins in the bay. Look up at the cliffs and grassy banks, yet more comical puffins. On your trip you will see 100's of seabirds, seals, porpoise and maybe something larger like dolphins

1 hr Jet boat trips around Ramsey Island
Ramsey Island boat trips jet boat trips
Fulmar around Ramsey Island RSPB nature reserve

WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCHING

Boat departs:   daily

Price:    Adult £60.00     Child £30.00

Our 2 1/2 hour to 3 hour Whale and Dolphin Watching boat trip takes you offshore into the Irish Sea. We head for the RSPB island of Grassholm, a spectacular sight, home to over 39,000 pairs of breeding gannets, the 3rd largest Atlantic gannet colony in the UK. Next we head out into the rich waters of the Celtic Deep in search of dolphins, puffins, seals, seabirds and if you are lucky a whale.

Gannets on RSPB Grassholm Island
Common dolphins Smalls lighthouse wales
Puffin and shearwater evening boat trips

RSPB ISLANDS ADVENTURE

Boat departs:   09.30

Non members:                                                Adult £57.00     Concession £54.00     Child £31.00
Friends of Ramsey / RSPB members:     Adult £51 .00    Concession £51.00      Child £28.00

The day begins with an exhilarating boat trip to Grassholm Island RSPB Nature Reserve to see the spectacular gannet colony, in the company of our wildlife guide. During the trip we look for puffins, manx shearwaters and many other seabirds as well as porpoise, seals and possibly larger marine mammals.

We then proceed to land on Ramsey Island. Enjoy the unspoilt natural beauty of this spectacular island nature reserve. Seals, seabirds and a myriad flora and fauna make up this beautiful Pembrokeshire island. where the RSPB warden will introduce you to this beautiful island nature reserve in the islands display room. You will be given a brochure containing a basic map of the island, it is then time to explore the island at your leisure.

2017 availability:               April 25th      full                   May 2nd        full                      May 9th       full                   May 16th       8 spaces

May 22nd       full         May 23rd         full           May 29th  full                 May 30th         full
June 6th      full         June 13th      full            June 20th      full             June 27th        full
July 4th       full         July 11th       full            July 18th        full             July 25th         full
August 1st   full         August 8th   full             August 15th    full             August 22nd   full
Sept 5th       full         Sept 12th      full           Sept 19th        full            Sept 26th         full

grassholm island boat trips
Ramsey Island boat trips St Davids Wales
Ramsey Island RSPB Nature Reserve Pembrokeshire coast National Park

GUIDED WALK ON RAMSEY ISLAND

Boat departs:   09.30
Boat returns:   16.00

Price:  
Non members:                                                Adult £23.00    Concession £21.00    Child £11.00
Friends of Ramsey / RSPB members:     Adult £17.00     Concession £17.00    Child £8.00

Total price (includes return boat fare, guided walk and landing fee if applicable.  All sailings are weather dependent.

Join for a guided walk around one of Wales' most breathtaking nature reserves with a member of our RSPB team.

Guided Walks Spring and Summer     2017 Thursday Guided walk dates

25th May   full         1st June   full        8th June   full        15th June    full        22nd June    full

Our spring and summer walks have a special emphasis on seabirds and we will look at how Ramsey’s history has shaped their populations.

Learn about one of Pembrokeshire’s most important but least known birds the Manx shearwater and discover the story of RSPB Grassholm Island and its Gannets. We'll spot some of Ramsey's other wildlife along the way, learn about the islands history and find out what it is like to live and work on a remote island today.  Return to the farmhouse where volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer any questions and refreshments will be available.

Guided walk covers a circular route of approximately 1.5 miles and lasts 3 hours. The afternoon is then yours to explore on your own before the return boat at 16.00.

Guided Walks Autumn    2017 Thursday Guided walk dates

7th September   full        14th September    full         21st September   full

Autumn walks have a special emphasis on Grey Seals as they come onto the islands beaches to give birth. Learn about their fascinating life history and our research program. We'll spot some of Ramsey's other wildlife along the way. Learn about the island’s history and find out what it is like to live and work on a remote island today.

This is a full day event. The morning guided walk lasts up to 4 hours, then spend the afternoon at your leisure before the return boat at 16.00

guided walks on ramsey island with RSPB guides
Guided walk on Ramsey Island with a RSPB warden
Fulmar around Ramsey Island RSPB nature reserve

EVENING PUFFIN AND SHEARWATER

Boat departs:   18.00

Price:    Adult £30.00     Child £17.00

Join us on a 1 1/2 hour cruise to see the seabirds and seals as we venture around the spectacular high cliffs to see the guillimots and razor bills around Ramsey Island. Ramsey bays and coves are home to the Atlantic Grey Seal colony.

Next we head out to the North Bishops Island where there is a small colony of Puffins. On our return journey we watch the incredible passage of 100's of Shearwaters as they return to the islands in the evening.

Evening Puffin and Shearwater boat trips islands cruise
Puffin and shearwater evening boat trips
Fulmar around Ramsey Island RSPB nature reserve

FISHING TRIPS

Boat departs:   daily

The Blue shark can accommodate up to 12 people, rods reels, bait and tuition are included. There's tea and coffee onboard, please bring your own cold drinks, there is also a toilet onboard.

1 1/2 hour fishing trip fishing for mackerel and Pollock   -    £25 adult   £15 child
3 hour fishing trip for a variety of fish around the Bishops and Clerks islands  -  £35 adult   £20 child
6 hour fishing trip for bass and tope  -  £55 per person
Longer trips available  -  enquire

Ramsey Island boat trips grassholm island
Fishing trips mackerel pollock bass seafish
Fulmar around Ramsey Island RSPB nature reserve

SPONSOR A SURVEY ON RAMSEY ISLAND

Help us keep an eye on the wildlife that calls the island home by sponsoring one of our many surveys on Ramsey Island. As a thank you, you and a friend can join us on the survey for a real behind the scenes wildlife experience and a good chat with our wardens.

All our surveys are essential in enabling us to monitor the breeding success of our key species. Many are a statutory requirement under UK wildlife law and European directives. Our annual survey results contribute to wildlife monitoring and research programs across Wales and the UK flagging up any issues in the wider environment.

Sponsorship fee: £120 will cover the cost of each survey and the return boat trip for two. All surveys need 4 hours to complete and will run from 12pm to 4pm. Hot drinks are provided but you will need to bring your own packed lunch if required.

2017 Surveys:

Tuesday 9 May and Tuesday 16 May – Choughs

We will visit known chough nest sites to check on progress. By studying the behaviour of chough pairs from a distance to avoid any disturbance, we will ascertain how their breeding season is progressing. Are they incubating eggs or feeding chicks?

Tuesday 8 August - Fulmars

A final check on this seasons breeding success. We will be looking for large fulmar chicks at 3 study sites on the island’s north and west coast. Exclusive access and off the beaten track.

Tuesday 22 August and Tuesday 29 August - Manx shearwaters

A check on our Manx shearwater nest boxes. Chicks hatched in our artificial burrows are weighed weekly from hatching to fledging. We might even fit in a Chough or Butterfly survey too. Exclusive access off the beaten track.

For dates and more information please email ramsey.island@rspb.org.uk

To sponsor a survey and book your places on the boat crossing please contact Thousand Islands Expeditions on 01437 721721 or email info@thousandislands.co.uk

IMPORTANT POINTS – Please read before booking:

Our birds nest in sea caves, on cliffs and burrowed slopes. Our surveys will take us near to cliff edges and sponsors need to be comfortable with this. You will be accompanied by the warden at all times.

Due to the steep steps in St Justinians and in Ramsey harbour and the rough terrain on the island, a reasonable level of fitness is required and sturdy footwear with good grip and ankle support, ideally walking boots, are essential.

Ramsey is a rat free island. If you are bringing a picnic, please ensure it is securely packed in a rucksack or cool bag. Open carrier bags are not permitted and will be refused. If you leave your bag unattended in St Justinians for any time, please check it carefully for signs of rodent damage before boarding the island boat.

 

Ramsey Island boat trips grassholm island
sponsor a survey o Ramsey Island
Manx Shearwater chick on Ramsey Island

Island Yoga Adventure with Slightly Salty Yoga

Saturday 27 May to Friday 28 July

12.00 noon - 4 pm

Price: Places are £50 each, the session will be 12pm-4pm, and fee includes ferry to the island, landing fee, nature walks on exclusive part of the reserve and meditation. A discount is available for RSPB members.

Booking essential

We are pleased to announce that Ramsey will be the venue for our new Island Yoga Adventure in 2017.  Join local instructor Hannah Stowe for this afternoon event. Hannah is a fully qualified yoga instructor studying for a degree in Marine Biology. Hannah has also been a wildlife guide on tour boats operating around Ramsey so is the perfect guide to the island’s wildlife and history.

Here are all the details from Hannah on how to take part;

‘I'm pretty thrilled to be able to say that this summer I will be hosting yoga sessions on the stunning RSPB reserve Ramsey Island. Words don't do this magical place justice, but I hope my video does it justice.’ 

Places are £50 each, the session will be 12pm-4pm, and fee includes ferry to the island, landing fee, nature walks on exclusive part of the reserve and meditation. A discount is available for RSPB members. 

For more information and to book please email: hannah@slighltysalty.co.uk

To watch Hannah’s Ramsey video visit the ‘Slightly Salty’ You Tube Channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddomzwp3AsA

Visit Hannah’s website: www.slightlysalty.co.uk

Full list of dates      Saturday 27 May 2017          Saturday 8 July 2017         Friday 28 July 2017