The Skerries

The Skerries is an amazing habitat for puffins, terns, kittiwakes and seals.

What to expect

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

You will be greeted by your Skipper in front of the Marina café before heading down to the pontoon, where you will have your life jackets fitted and be given a safety briefing.

Once onboard, you will head out of Holyhead Marina and follow the north Anglesey coast towards Porth Swtan/Church Bay, passing by small rocky islands and along the craggy coastline. Nearing Carmel Head we turn north west to reach The Skerries, an adventurous open sea passage, well handled by our offshore Explorer RIB.

Once at The Skerries we will enter the Skerries lagoon and hold station, enabling you to fully enjoy the spectacular wildlife and surroundings. We will then depart the lagoon and make our way back across the open sea before returning to Holyhead Marina.

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.

The Skerries

The Skerries is a unique group of uninhabited rocky islands and is a distinctive cliff and maritime grassland environment. The Trinity House Skerries Lighthouse was built in 1716 and is situated on its highest point.

The islands are classified as an Important Bird Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), with a large Arctic Tern population (over 2000 pairs). They are also home to the Common Tern, the smaller Roseate Tern and Kittiwakes as well as a visiting Puffin population.

In Welsh the islands are known as Ynysoedd y Moelrhoniaid, which means ‘the islands of the bald-headed grey seals’

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: LL651YA - 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.