Glorious Gannets

Bespoke evening photography boat trip to Grassholm

Glorious Gannets

We travel on a luxury boat out to Grassholm Island of the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Here, eighty thousand Gannets will whirl around the sky above you in the evening light before we head out to sea, finding large groups of Manx Shearwater rafting up before they take off in mass at dusk. Looping back passing the nearby islands and on occasion, it’s possible to stumble across Cetaceans too!

This 4 hour bespoke boat trip is run on select weekends in July and August, making the most of the summer sunsets and seabird activity.I will also be on hand to answer any questions and set you up with your camera settings, so you can get the best images from the evening.

– Sample images from the boat trip –



For this trip, we’ve teamed up with local boat company Dale Sailing. Dale Sailing have been running boat trips in Pembrokeshire for over 40 years so we’ll be in safe hands.

All trips are only run in favourable weather and sea conditions, so on occasion we may have to reschedule departure times, or even cancel trips if the weather forecast is particularly bad.

If a trip is cancelled, we will try to accommodate you on an alternative trip, or.a refund will be offered.

– All crew are MCA licensed & highly experienced.
– Life jackets provided.
– Inboard seating out of the weather.

Recommended Photo Equipment

Digital SLR camera or good Bridge camera with zoom. Lenses up to 300mm or 500mm ideally, wide angle for seascapes/groupd of birds. Fully charged batteries and spares, plenty of memory cards as you’ll be surprised how many photos you take!

What to bring

We will be at sea all evening and around 10-15 miles offshore so warm clothing desirable as it can be colder and windier at sea. There is plenty of space in the cabin to hide out of the weather until photo opportunities arise. Bring any refreshments/snacks if you wish.

Fitness Level

You will be required to walk up and down a narrow jetty and steps to get on/off the boat. Also, when we pause for photographic opportunities at sea, it’s possible to walk around the sides of the cabin onto the front deck of the boat. There is only a small hand rail so you need to be in a good state of mobility and have good balance. For those that don’t wish to venture around the side/front, there is the deck at the rear which provides a flat viewing area.

What’s included

If required, full professional tuition and guidance throughout the boat trip. Covering correct camera setting and techniques and using the available light to help you get the very best from the session.

What’s not included

Food. Transport to and from the venue. Personal and Accident Insurance.

Estimated Timings

Boats will leave Martins Haven, Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire SA62 3BJ. Please click here for a map.

6pm – 10pm

(Timings are estimates and can change. The sailing is subject to weather conditions and could be cancelled at short notice. Please read all Terms & Conditions found below before booking.)


The Glorious Gannets boat trip costs £99 per person and lasts for 4 hours departing from Martins Haven in Pembrokeshire at 6pm on the below dates.

Spaces are limited to 10 persons per trip and each trip requires a minimum of 7 persons to run. If not enough people are booked on a particular trip then the trip will be be cancelled and cost will be refunded.

Please read the Terms & Conditions opposite as all completed bookings will agree to these.

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Please read terms & conditions below before booking – click the headings to expand the sections

Confirmation of Booking

By booking through the website, you agree to all Terms & Conditions listed. A reservation is confirmed once full payment is received. I will then confirm your booking in writing typically via email.


Booking Conditions

Typically our trips run in all weathers and each delegate should ensure that they have the correct all weather clothing suitable to the conditions and each delegate is responsible for the well being of their photography equipment and personal effects.

This is a wildlife photography trip. Wild animals can be unpredictable. Drew Buckley accepts no responsibility in the event of any species being out of sight or not on the islands.

Loss or Damage

Drew Buckley or Dale Sailing will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal items or for any personal injury or accident. Delegates are respectfully reminded that our activities could potentially entail risk or danger and all activities are ENTERED INTO AT YOUR OWN RISK.

The venues and locations for the boat trip have no (or limited) medical facilities. Therefore please inform us of any health issues and ensure you take your own medication with the appropriate insurance in place in case of emergency.

Drew Buckley strongly recommends you make our own insurance arrangements against trip cancellation and curtailment, accidental death and disability, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses, loss of personal effects, photographic equipment and other loss or injury as per a commercially available travel insurance policy

You agree to indemnify Drew Buckley against all loss and damage arising, directly or indirectly to the property and its contents from any deliberate or negligent act or omission by yourself, without limitation of the foregoing to pay us forthwith upon written demand our costs in making good any such loss and damage and cleaning.

Drew Buckley or Dale Sailing shall not be responsible for any loss, or damage to any belongings, or injuries sustained by your or any member of your party. 

Cancellation by Drew Buckley.

Drew Buckley reserves the right to cancel any boat trip at any time. As we will be at sea, each delegate should ensure that they have the correct all weather clothing suitable to the conditions and each delegate is responsible for the well being of their photographic equipment and personal effects. Most times however if the weather forecast looks to be poor, Drew Buckley will get in touch to make other arrangements. As we are dependent upon boats not owned by Drew Buckley then any decision regarding transportation is at the behest of the service provider ‘Dale Sailing’ and any decision made by them as to the safety of our group. The captain’s decision to sail is final and indisputable.

Drew Buckley does not operate a cancellation insurance scheme and strongly recommend that you ensure that you have your own appropriate cover. Dale Sailing may cancel the sailing at any time before the trip begins.

If, for whatever reason, Drew Buckley needs to cancel a boat trip, then an alternative date will be sought or full refund of monies paid by you to Drew Buckley will be made. However, Drew Buckley accepts no further liability beyond this, and, without limitation of the foregoing, we will not have any liability for travel costs incurred by you in relation to the booking. Any additional costs incurred outside the cost of the course including but not limited to transportation and accommodation will not be covered by Drew Buckley.

Cancellation by the Delegate

If the delegate is a “no show” by the departure time (roughly 6pm on the agreed day), then no refund to the delegate is applicable.Once a booking is made all fees are not refundable under any circumstances other than trip cancellation by Drew Buckley.

Special Requests.

Please advise Drew Buckley at the time of booking of any special requests such as diet or physical impairment. A specified level of fitness is required and Drew Buckley reserves the right to refuse to take a delegate if such a special request has not been notified at the time of booking.

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