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A Boat trip to remember – Falcon Boats.

Exploring Pembrokeshire’s coastline by boat is a “must do”.

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Holidaymakers and locals can experience the wonderful offshore marine life and scenery from a variety of boat trip companies and this can be the highlight of many trips to the county.

Bouncing across the waves in a rigid inflatable boat, or RIB, is exhilarating, while gentling cruising around the cliffs and investigating the coves and caves is a magical experience. You can be so close to the seabirds and seals or porpoises while gaining a new insight into the fantastic coastal scenery and the vital importance of the wild unspoilt and protected waters.

Pembrokeshire Culture Club, a local Meetup group, were lucky to take a trip from St. Justinian’s with Falcon Boats around Ramsey Island

Some of the comments made by passengers on our return to shore, included:

“… exhilarating and informative.”

“… fantastic!”

“… learned so much.”

“… crew have so much expertise!”

Falcon Boat’s owner, Ffion and her assistant, crew-member Lisa, took us out on a grey Sunday evening and ensured we saw some amazing wildlife, enjoyed the tranquility of the caves and quiet waters around the island as well as giving us a thrilling fast trip out and back to shore in the 10 m Humber Quinn RIB.

Everyone loves the thrill of the “fast bits”, but the main ethos of these island trips is to respect, learn about and marvel at the wildlife – seabirds, seals, jellyfish and more – and to nurture a love for the beautiful and precious environment around Pembrokeshire.

With 20 years experience in these waters and a particular passion for Ramsey Sound, Ffion’s local knowledge is unsurpassed – with her at the helm we felt safe, entertained and well-informed. A member of St. David’s lifeboat crew, Ffion knows and loves every part of this wild place.

Why Falcon Boats Pembrokeshire ?

Some time ago Ffion rescued a peregrine falcon that crashed into the sea; she nurtured it back to fitness and eventually released it back into the wild. Named ‘Hiss’, the falcon features in a book, by local author Jacqui Morris, called Queen of the Sky. When Ffion started her own boat trips there was no other name for her boat that would mean more to her.

With four boat excursions to choose from, Falcon Boats regularly take groups of no more than 12 on trips to Explore Ramsey Island‘; ‘Beyond the island, out to Grassholm‘ and ‘The Celtic Deep‘, as well as ‘Evening boat trips to see puffins and shearwaters. Group bookings and bespoke trips can also be arranged.

After our excursion, we could see why Falcon Boats has all 5* reviews on tripadviser!

Falcon Boats go from the slipway at St. Justinian’s near St. Davids – allow about 15 minutes to drive and park near the lifeboat station and walk down the steep steps. There is an hourly bus service during the season. Dogs can go on the shorter trips, and the crew will assist anyone with disabilities – just mention this when booking. Your trip will go ahead even it rains, but there may be a cancellation in the event of high winds or swell. You can cancel with a full refund up to 24 hours before your trip and the trips are usually fine for all ages and abilities. Don’t forget to wear warm layers and have waterproofs, although there are some spares on board, and wear sensible footwear as the slipway can be wet. To make the most of your trip get there about 15 minutes before you are due to embark, to enjoy the views and have time for the crew to get everyone settled in their lifejackets, etc before the trip gets under way.

 

Of course, there is no guarantee as to what wildlife you will see but the crews’ knowledge and enthusiasm mean they will seek out the best possible opportunities for you. On our rather grey, cool evening we saw innumerable different sea birds, seals, jellyfish and rare plants. Ffion will also tell you many stories about the past and the fascinating history of each location, while pointing out special features and allowing plenty of time for photographers and birdwatchers to enjoy the sightings and capture those memories!

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Suzanne Ashworth of West Wales Web and Pembrokeshire Life Online
Words by Suzanne Ashworth & images from members of Pembrokeshire Culture Club

 

Where to stay?

Here are two lovely places to stay, offering the perfect base to explore Pembrokeshire – 

Trefeiddan Holiday Cottages St Davids Pembrokeshire
Come and stay at Trefeiddan Holiday Cottages

Well placed for your excursions with Falcon Boats, Trefeiddan Holiday Cottages are just a short walk from the slipway, so you’ll have no parking difficulties. Explore Trefeiddan here: (Please quote Ref. PembsLifeOnline)

Brynteg Holiday Cottage Trefin Pembrokeshire family holiday cottage

 

 

Our other recommendation is Brynteg Holiday Cottage. This lovely, well appointed family accommodation in the heart of Trefin, is a short level walk to The Ship Inn – where you’ll always receive a warm welcome, local feel and good food – 

  • Good location for easy access to Pembrokeshire’s beaches and attractions.
  • Brynteg is a charming 19th century Pembrokeshire Self Catering Holiday Cottage set within the pretty village of Trefin, on the coast road, halfway between the Cathedral City of St. Davids and Fishguard.
  • Visit Wales 4 Star Grading
  • Large south facing enclosed lawned garden to the rear.
  • Easy access to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
  • Child friendly with extra facilities for young children.
  • (Please quote Ref. PembsLifeOnline)

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