South Stack

Spot some star species that call this dramatic landscape their home, including Chough, Guillemot, Peregrine, Puffin and Razorbill.

What to expect

The South Stack tour is onboard our Explorer RIB and departs from Holyhead Marina.

After meeting your skipper by the Marina café, you’ll head down to Explorer where you will have a short safety briefing and don your life jackets ready for an exhilarating tour onboard our offshore RIB.

Leaving Holyhead Marina we pass the longest breakwater in the UK. We head around the island off North Stack, with its old fog warning station built in 1851, and swing into Gogarth Bay. You get a unique view down into the caves and you can look up in wonder at some of the highest sea cliffs in Wales.

The sea cliffs at Gogarth are over 100m in places and create a dramatic backdrop as they run ruggedly around the bay. As we head to the island of South Stack, we will spot some star species that call this dramatic landscape their home, including Chough, Guillemot, Peregrine, Puffin and Razorbill at the RSPB South Stack Cliffs nature reserve. We will also see the spectacular South Stack lighthouse, built in 1809, before we return.

Our skippers are your fast and fun adventure guides to the dramatic landscape and spectacular sea birds.

Please note: This is a tour to a breath-taking but remote area, which is exposed to all elements. The very nature of such remoteness means that there are certain weather conditions during which we might have to choose an alternative route. In this case, all our Skippers have complete discretion to amend the trip to ensure they provide both a safe and highly enjoyable experience for you.

Good to know

Trips run Wednesdays and Sundays; May-July.

We aim to keep you dry but this is a boat trip to a remote area, exposed to all elements and in some conditions you may get wet, so please wear appropriate clothing for both the RibRide and the weather!

It is always cooler on the water so we recommend lots of layers including a waterproof layer and sensible shoes. Sunglasses or other eye protection are also a good idea. You may also bring a small rucksack with you.

RibRide is happy to welcome customers of any ability, however RIB tours are a physical activity and this trip includes an open sea passage. If you have medical concerns, please contact our office for advice and guidance.

Life jackets are mandatory and provided by RibRide.

If you are pregnant, we would strongly advise against participating on an Explorer RibRide, as these trips travel to remote areas, are continuously exposed to all elements and can be a bit bumpy.

Our Explorer RIB can hold a maximum of 12 passengers.

We love our furry friends but sadly no dogs are allowed on our trips.

This trip departs from Holyhead Marina.

Postcode: LL65 1YA - Proceed towards Holyhead and follow signs to Holyhead Marina. When you arrive, turn into the marina. There are spaces for parking up on the left hand side. Once parked head towards the ‘Marina Stores Cafe Bar’, where you can buy a nice coffee from Penny and her team and wait for your Skipper.

Covid 19

Currently we are only able to operate this trip as a whole boat (private event) booking. This means it will only be your group on Explorer. In order to maintain social distancing between your group and our Skipper, the maximum we can take onboard is 6. As a consequence we have had to implement a temporary alternative peak and off peak pricing structure as laid out below.

Peak (1-3 May, 29 May-6 June, 17 July-31 August 2021)

  • A single price for up to 6 people - £350

Off-Peak (all other times)

  • 1-2 people £275
  • 3 people £300
  • 4 people £325
  • 5 people £350
  • 6 people £375

As soon as we are allowed to mix individuals on Explorer we will revert to our per person pricing.