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Top 5: Welsh island escapes

As the islands dotted around the stunning Welsh coastline come into focus, it’s easy to see why wildlife spotters, nature-lovers and holiday makers flock here in search of world-class beaches, pretty harbours and dramatic cliffs. Here are our top 5 unmissable islands off the coast of Wales

Top 5: Welsh island escapes
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  1. Skomer Island

Located off the southern coast of Pembrokeshire, the charming island of Skomer is a haven for protected wildlife and is renowned for its outstanding natural habitat and exquisite landscape.

Skomer’s thriving puffin colony draws visitors from across the globe and the island’s high plateau offers spectacular views of towering cliffs and their flocking seabirds. Their eerie cacophony as they return from hunting at night is otherworldly.

Photographers in search of dramatic beauty find it at the foot of neighbouring Skokholm’s rugged cliffs, and the island’s bird-watching observatory should not be missed.

  1. Grassholm

The isolated Isle of Grassholm can only be reached by an open sea adventure cruise. As you approach the island you begin to understand its unique white appearance. It is home to 39,000 pairs of breeding gannets. This is the third most important site for gannets in the world. Also look out for dolphins, porpoises and grey seals popping their noses out of the sea to greet you.

  1. Worm’s Head

Jutting out from the headland of South Wales like a giant sea-serpent, picture postcard Worm’s Head is a favourite with local surfers and family day trippers. There’s short window when the tide is out and it’s possible to scramble across the rocks. Worm’s Head is exposed for two and a half hours before and after low tide. Walkers should always check tide times before they set off over the causeway. If you’re in luck you’ll spot seals frolicking in the sea below.

  1. Anglesey

Wales’ largest island offers visitors a combination of breathtaking cliffs and a rich industrial history. The exquisite beaches are eternally popular as is the climb up to South Stack lighthouse. It’s worth a day trip for the spectacular wildlife, outstanding views and rich fishing waters.

Anglesey is an adventure playground for thrill-seekers, offering raft building, gorge scrambling, kayaking, rock climbing and abseiling. Those seeking romantic seclusion should walk across the causeway to Llanddwyn Island, or take a boat trip to Puffin Island or Holy Island to experience the tranquillity of these idyllic, unspoilt stacks of land.

  1. Flat Holm

Flat Holm can be seen in the middle distance from Cardiff Bay. A guided tour will cast light on the island’s mysterious smuggling past and divulge tales of the ancient and still functional lighthouse. This lighthouse is where the first wireless signals were transmitted across the sea by Italian physicist Marconi in 1897.

Learn more about Wales’ exquisite coastline here.