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One of the best things about booking a holiday in self-catering accommodation is the freedom it allows you. You can cook for yourself, come and go as you please, and relax in complete comfort, knowing that you don’t have to be wary of inconveniencing your hosts, or other guests.
Self-catered accommodation can also allow you to explore more secluded, and harder to access parts of the world, such as the islands of Wales. Rent your own little hideaway near Skomer, Bardsey or Skokholm and you can experience the Welsh wilderness amongst the birds, flowers and sea creatures. For a guide to which islands boast the best wildlife, read on…



When you think of Welsh wildlife, Skomer is the place that springs to mind. Located off the coast of Pembrokeshire, this two mile long island and nature reserve plays host to around half the world’s Manx shearwater population during nesting season. It also boasts the largest Atlantic puffin colony in southern Britain, and its own unique species: the Skomer vole. Whether you take a day trip here or spend a few nights, you’ll want to give yourself time to explore the wildlife hotspots. Other creatures to look out for include dolphins, Atlantic grey seals, and even harbour porpoises! As a human, expect to be outnumbered…
Nearest Rare Hideaways: Penrhiw, Roch Castle, Globe House and Little Fox Cottage.  



Like Skomer, Bardsey is a nature reserve renowned for its bird population; 310 different species of bird have been recorded on this island, including Manx shearwaters, choughs, puffins, herons, peregrine falcons and oystercatchers. The sealife around the island, which lies off the Llyn Peninsula, is also thriving. Atlantic grey seals populate the waters of this region, with a small number breeding on Bardsey each year. If you're a budding ornithologist, you'll want to stay in the Bardsey Lodge & Bird Observatory, where you can keep up to date on the latest bird sightings.
Nearest Rare Hideaways: Llanfendigaid Estate and Plasglasgwm.


Skokholm can be found two miles off the Pembrokeshire coast. It’s notable for its red sandstone cliffs and – like Skomer and Bardsey – the Manx shearwater population. Skokholm is also home to storm petrels, razorbills and guillemots, not to mention puffins, which can be found in their greatest numbers in Crab Bay. In the summer months, the island is decorated with maritime flora such as pink thrift and white sea campion, and throughout the year grey seals can be seen basking on the rocks. What makes Skokholm a bit different is that no day visits are allowed; so if you’re keen to make a trip, you’ll have to stay overnight in one of the island’s self-catered, solar-powered sites.
Nearest Rare Hideaways: PenrhiwRoch CastleGlobe House and Little Fox Cottage.  



Anglesey is packed with wildlife hotspots, perhaps the best of which is Cemlyn. Home to a large colony of terns during the summer months, this beautiful reserve is also notable for its large lagoon, which is separated from the  sea by a naturally occurring shingle ridge. Elsewhere, there’s the beautiful Penrhos Coastal Park and Cors Goch, an area of grassland home to several different species of orchid, dragonfly and butterfly.
Nearest Rare Hideaways: White Beach Cottage, The Windmill and The Tower
With so many beautiful islands to choose from, wildlife enthusiasts are truly spoilt for choice!
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