Wildlife in Pembrokeshire
Caldey Island is situated just south of Tenby. It is one of Britain's holy islands. The Cistercian monks of Caldey continue a tradition, which began there in Celtic times. The cliffs on the south side and on neighbouring St Margaret's island are teeming with nesting seabird colonies from May to July but are best viewed from a round island boat trip. The nature of Caldey is very different to the other islands. There's less access to the cliffs as much of the island, apart from the area around the lighthouse, is out of bounds. What Caldey can offer, however, is an enchanting, historic and tranquil oasis. There's also one of Pembrokeshire's best beaches on Caldey: Priory beach.
How to get there:
Catch a boat from Tenby Harbour if the tide is in or Castle Beach if the harbour is dry. Boats run from early April to late September, every half an hour from 10:30 onwards. Regular round-the-island nature trips are also available. As the island is a religious community, it is closed every Sunday.
What to see:
Numerous nesting sea birds
The Old Priory dating to the 12th century
Perfumery & small museum/post office
ID: 1514 Revised: 16/9/2011