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“A stunning place”
Review of Bardsey Island

Bardsey Island
Ranked #144 of 854 things to do in North Wales
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Bardsey Island lies about 2 miles (3 kilometers) across Bardsey Sound of the Lleyn Peninsula, North Wales. Visit for the day of for the week in our self catering accommodation. The island is 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) long and, at its widest point, it is just over half a mile (1 kilometer) across. The island mountain rises to a height of 167 meters and the whole island has a surface area of 180 hectares, most of which is farmland. The island was purchased by the Bardsey Island Trust in 1979 and is managed by the Trust with advice from Natural Resources Wales and CADW. The island is designated a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is in the Lleyn Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Saif Ynys Enlli tua 2 filltir (3 cilomedr) ar draws Swnt Enlli o Benrhyn Llŷn, Gogledd Cymru. Dewch am y dydd, neu aroswch am wythnos yn un o'n tai hunan ddarpar. Mae'r ynys yn 1.5 milltir (2.5 cilomedr) o hyd ac, ar ei man lletaf, mae'n chydig dros hanner milltir (1 cilomedr) ar draws. Mae Mynydd Enlli yn codi i uchder o 167 metr ac mae arwynebedd o 180 hectar i'r ynys i gyd, y rhan fwyaf ohono yn cael ei amaethu. Prynwyd yr ynys gan Ymddiriedolaeth Ynys Enlli ym 1979 ac fe'i rheolir gan yr Ymddiriedolaethgyda chyngor Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru a CADW. Dynodwyd yr ynys yn Warchodfa Natur Genedlaethol, yn Safle o Ddiddordeb Gwyddonol Arbennig ac mae o fewn Ardal o Harddwch Naturiol Eithriadol Pen Llŷn. Byddem yn hoffi diolch i Gyfoeth Naturiol Cymru am gyfrannu at y swydd cynorthwyydd haf ar yr ynys sy'n galluogi ni i ddarparu gwybodaeth i ymwelwyr ac i ddod â newyddion rheolaidd o'r ynys i chi drwy ein tudalennau gwe, Facebook a Twitter
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Me and my wife have been visiting the Lyn peninsula for around 30 years, initially with our young family and latterly with various combinations of them with partners etc. We have meant to visits Bardsey Island on numerous occasions but finally did it last May 2017.

The short boat trip is an experience in itself with magnificent views back to the coastline of the peninsula and then a stunning ride under the cliffs of Bardsey with amazing sightings of the abundant bird life.

The island itself is just beautiful and can be walked length and breadth in a couple of hours. It’s like going back in time to an age of uncomplicated tranquility. The views and the general atmosphere of the place are quite magnificent. Make sure you walk the path to the top of the mountain. It’s well worth the effort.

This is a very special place whose charm is not easy to convey in writing but I would urge anyone visiting the area to book a trip.

Thank Adrian H
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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

After completing the 134 mile North Wales Pilgrims walk we were looking forward to the boat trip out to Bardsey and were't disappointed . We had an amazing day there in beautiful sunny weather. Colin the boatman was great , full of useful information , as he lives there . There is a quaint cafe at the farmhouse that serves hot drinks . We enjoyed walking around the island and watching the seals , taking in the tranquility and peacefulness there . Felt very privileged .

Thank Jo H
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

We finally made it to Bardsey on our third attempt (the crossing is often cancelled due to windy weather) and couldn't have asked for a better day, wall to wall sunshine and calm sea. Smooth crossing thanks to Colin the boatman's sturdy boat, arriving in the main bay to see many seals already. We walked over towards the unusual square tower lighthouse which was brilliant, brightly painted in its red stripes, and a must for pharologists. Spent some time walking around the coast watching the seals and just taking in the beautiful views and quiet tranquility, then over to the farmhouse which offers drinks and cakes, and a bothy full of local crafts. Walked along the main 'street' looking at the other houses and towards the ruined chapel. The four hours on the island went too fast, so we didn't get time to climb the hill or make it to the far end of the island - more to do next time we come over. A great day out and well worth the £30 boat fee. The basic public loo (a composting toilet) was very clean.

1  Thank T307
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

I visited this place bank holiday, having booked the boat well in advance. As luck would have it, the weather was superb, and the plan was to walk the island. It's about 5.5 - 6 miles if you do as much as time will allow, and the sights were spectacular! Seals watching your every move (or it felt that way!) This truly is, as others have said, a special place. Highly recommended to visit. I'm not sure it would feel the same on a bad day weather wise, but I'm not sure Colin (The boat captain) would take you anyway if that was the case.

1  Thank Ian L
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

Although I have travelled to Bardsey on two previous occasions, this being my third attempt to get over to the island this year due to high tide and strong winds I finally made the crossing this week and it was so worth the wait. Special thanks to Colin, the friendly boatman to enable me to board at short notice . The island is a truly special place, whether you appreciate the spectacular scenery, rugged coastline and wildlife or want to experience the peace and tranquillity of this spiritual island. The three hours on Ynys Enlli, cut slightly short for safety reasons because of strengthening winds flew past so quickly but has left magical memories that will remain for a long time.

Thank Jill_Prior
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