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Nature Reserve

RSPB Ramsey Island

RSPB Ramsey Island

Image Credit: Chris Gomerall

Details

Ramsey Island is a beautiful, unspoilt RSPB Nature Reserve with a large variety of visiting and breeding birds. Boasting some of the highest sea cliffs in Wales you can see spectacular breeding colonies of nesting seabirds. Ramsey is home to one of the UK's largest Grey Seal colonies and from September to December seal pups are on every beach.

This dramatic offshore island has cliffs up to 120m high, the perfect place for breeding seabirds in spring and early summer. Walk along the coastal heathland and enjoy the spectacular views.

The island is awash with colour from May to September, with bluebells, then pink thrift and purple heather. You might see choughs and peregrines nesting on the cliffs. And if you visit in the autumn, you can watch a colony of breeding grey seals. There is a small shop on the island and refreshments are available.

Boat trips to the island are available and enable visitors to experience the beauty of this spectacular island nature reserve or cruise around the island.

Ramsey Island lies one mile off the north Pembrokeshire coast, just west of Britain’s smallest cathedral city. It was the bishops of St David’s who owned Ramsey until 1904, and the island was considered a holy site for pilgrims visiting the birthplace of the Welsh patron saint for 1500 years.

During the last century, many private owners and tenant farmers attempted to earn a living in this beautiful yet harsh environment. Ramsey is now one of the most popular residential volunteering sites within the RSPB, and most importantly the island is now easily accessible to the thousands of visitors who make their own pilgrimage to this special island each year.

Opening details

The reserve is open every day, from 1 April or Easter (whichever is earlier) to 31 October, between 10am and 4pm.

Prices

2019 prices
Return boat crossing: Adults £12.00, Children £5.50.
Landing: Adults £6.00, Children £3.00 (under 5 free).

Contact

Enquiries

Address

St David's,
Pembrokeshire,
SA62 6PY

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SM 705236  Lat: 51.86414 Long: -5.33326

Boats cross (weather permitting) to Ramsey Island from the Lifeboat Station at St Justinians from 1 April or Easter (whichever is earlier) to 31 October. From the centre of St David's (Cross Square) take a left onto Goat Street. Take a right onto Pitt Street, then left onto Feidr Treginnis and follow signs for St Justinians (1.5 miles/2.5 km). Parking is provided.

Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from Haverfordwest station