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HOW TO BOOK A TRIP
Telephone, email or call into our booking office to discuss which trip you want and when you want to go.
Payment is required to make the booking, you can pay by cash or card. Booking in advance is advised.
If you have a disability that may be aggrevated by the movement of the boat, ie. bad back, neck or you are pregnant, please let us know before you book your trip.
Sailings are weather dependent. Please ring or call into the booking office no later than 1 hour before your trip to check if the trip is going before you head down to the departure point. If the weather is too rough and we cancel the trip for safety reasons you will receive a full refund or you can transfer to another day.
Take warm waterproof clothing with you even if it is a lovely day, it's always colder at sea
WHEN DO WE OPERATE
Boat trips run from 1st April to 31st October. The booking office is open 7 days a week. 08.45 to 17.00, 08.00 to 20.00 in peak season.
IF YOU ARE LANDING ON RAMSEY ISLAND
If you are landing on Ramsey Island it is advisable to bring warm, waterproof clothing in inclement weather as there is no cover once out on the island trail and the boat crossing can be wet. Sunscreen and a hat are also advisable in hot weather.
Due to the steep steps in St Justinians and in Ramsey harbour and the rough terrain on the island trail, a reasonable level of fitness is required and sturdy footwear or walking books is recommended.
Ramsey is a rat free island. If you are bringing a picnic, please ensure it is securely packed in a rucksack or cool bag. 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.
There is a small shop on the island selling hot and cold drinks and snacks, but not sandwiches. Toilet facilities are available on Ramsey Island.
TO GET TO THE BOAT DEPARTURE POINT
The boats depart from St Justinians Lifeboat Station which is about 2 miles from the centre of St Davids. You can walk there or ride your bike, there are bike racks there.
We run a boat trip shuttle bus from outside our booking office on the Cross Square in the middle of St Davids, we reserve you a place on the bus when you book your boat ticket. The bus runs every 20 minutes. The cost is £1.50 each way for adults, 2 children are free with each adult. You can buy your bus tickets in our booking office before you jump on the bus.
There is a Celtic Coaster shuttle bus which departs from the Tourist Information car park or outside the City Hall in the middle of St David. The shuttle bus runs on the hour every hour from end March to end September and every half hour from end May to the beginning of September.
If you want to drive to the departure point there are a limited number of parking spaces in the lay-bys at the end of the road, this is where the porta-loos are situated, it is a good idea to use the loos before you make your way down the steps.
BOAT DEPARTURE POINT
If you have checked with the booking office that conditions are fine for your trip, make your way to the boat departure point at St. Justinians Lifeoboat Station (SA62 6PY). Access to the lifeboat station is down a large flight of steep concrete steps with handrails to the base of the cliff, up a steep flight of steps with handrails to the top of the lifeboat station then along the lifeboat station slipway, see the photographs below. Make your way to the bottom of the concrete steps leading to the Lifeboat Station and approach our boarding master 15 minutes before departure time.
Passengers may cancel their booking with full refund no later than 24 hours before sailing. We reserve the right to cancel trips without warning due to bad weather conditions or for safety reasons, in which case you will be offered an alternative trip or receive a full refund.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND ACCESSIBILITY
A safety briefing is given on departure of your boat, please listen to the briefing, it is for your own safety.
The sea is a dangerous and ever changing environment and all adventurous activities carry certain risks which cannot be ignored.
We do not accept responsibility for incidents that occur outside our control.
CAN I BRING MY DOG
Dogs are welcome on the trips around Ramsey Island. Some dogs are happy onboard, others find it stressful, it is up to you to decide but please, no barky verbal dogs as they upset the other passengers. Registered assistance dogs are welcome on Ramsey Island.
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