Birdwatching on Bardsey photo by Gareth Jenkins

Attractions

Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau SAC

Pen Llŷn a’r SarnauThe seas around Wales are full of colourful and exciting creatures. They are so important in fact that extensive stretches of the Welsh coastline have now been designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). One of these SACs is Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau. To find out more about the Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau SAC visit the website.

Enlli : Bardsey Island

Bardsey IslandBardsey, or Enlli in Welsh is a small island, about 2km out from the Aberdaron headland, which plays host to thousands of migrating seabirds, marine wildlife and hundreds of rare plant species. The island is recognised both nationally and internationally as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

EnlliWildlife isn’t Enlli’s only attraction; for centuries Enlli has been famous for its unique spirituality and as a place worship. According to tradition, 20,000 saints are buried on Enlli, and 3 pilgrimages to the island used to considered equal to one to Rome. The preserved ruins of the 13th century Augustinian Abbey of St Mary’s can still be seen today.

The Bardsey Island Trust has owned and managed the island since 1979. To find out more about Enlli and its history or about visiting and staying on the island visit the Bardsey Island Trust’s website.

Yr Eifl and Tre’r Ceiri

Yr Eifl and Tre’r CeiriThe North coast of Llŷn is dominated by the igneous mountains known as Yr Eifl. Originally created by lava thousands of years ago, they now form part of Llŷn’s striking landscape and are home to one of Britain’s best-preserved Iron Age hill forts - Tre’r Ceiri (Town of the Giants). It is not surprising that our Iron Age ancestors chose to live here, where there was an ample supply of food from both land and sea. But Tre’r Ceiri’s greatest appeal was its elevation, from its highest point you can look out for miles for any marauding invaders –or just enjoy the view!

Nant Gwrtheyrn and Llithfaen

Nant GwrtheyrnThe small village of Nant Gwrtheyrn is situated at the bottom of a steep winding road that leads from the hills above Llithfaen down to the sea. Today this village is home to the National Welsh Language Centre where thousands of eager students have either mastered, or taken their first steps towards becoming fluent in the language of heaven!

The valley boasts a wide and varied history including the quarrying, shipwrecks, curses and doomed romances!

You can learn more about Nant Gwrtheyrn here