Porth MeudwyAberdaron, Llŷn Peninsula
Porth Meudwy is a small rocky and sandy cove in the heart of Aberdaron, a fishing village at the west point of the Lleyn Peninsula. Along the rugged coastal path, Porth Meudwy is a great place to familiarise yourself with the local area and get a true taste of what North Wales is about! The family will love visiting here getting in touch with the history and wildlife while exploring the vast expanse of golden beaches and countryside surrounding.
Porth Meudwy translates to Hermit's cove, and this cove has become a landmark carrying a wealth of history influencing the development of this Welsh village. It was once the embankment point for pilgrims making their way over to Bardsey Island but is now in use today as a departure point for visitors to the island, as well as functioning as a small port. On either side of the cove is the coastal path which travels along the cliffs offering a ‘bird’s-eye view’ of this fantastic holiday destination.
Porth Meudwy was and still is the main connection between Ynys Enlli and the mainland. The fourth largest offshore island in all of Wales is believed to hold the bodies of 20,000 people who once lived and prayed there over the centuries. In the middle ages, Bardsey Island had become one of the most important places of pilgrimage, having developed a reputation for its sanctuary, peacefulness, and spiritual nature. It was often referred to as ‘Rome of Britain’ as three pilgrimages here were said to be the equivalent of one to Rome! Thanks to Porth Meudwy, visitors from all around are able to visit the island on a boat travelling over The Swnt (the stretch of water between the two lands, also known as the Bardsey sound) to enjoy the tranquillity themselves!
The family that run the boat trips at Porth Meudwy are a local family with many years of experience navigating the ‘Bardsey sound’. Their family have been Bardsey farmers and lobster fishermen for generations, so they know the area like the back of their hands, and you know you will be safe in their care. Other local fishermen also use Porth Meudwy as a small port, all of whom make a living from catching crab and lobsters from the waters of Aberdaron. Their catches are sold in most, if not all of the shops and restaurants in the village, so a stop to try some is a definite ‘must-do’!
During the busy summer months, the fisherman and fishing boats are joined by sailors with their boats visiting the area for the annual regatta! At this time of year, there is an infectious bustling atmosphere which makes it even easier to fall in love with the area.
Porth Meudwy is much quieter in the evening and becomes a great spot for late swimming when the warm summer air is still blowing. From here you can see two other islands too, Ynys Gwylan-fawr and Ynys Gwylan-bach.
Other sights to look out for include the diverse range of birds inhabiting the area, such as chough, as well as resident grey seals, dolphins, and colourful heathland plants. There is an abandoned quarry nearby too! Walking across the headland from Aberdaron to Porth Meudwy, you will get to see this all and so much more!
Open all year round (No official opening/closing hours)
Phone number: 0344 800 1895
There is free parking at the National Trust car park nearby.
Welcomes dogs to the beach (although there are restrictions during the summer).
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