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“Day trip recommended” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bardsey Island

Bardsey Island
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Ranked #202 of 694 things to do in North Wales
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Day trip recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Have just had one of the best days out ever. If you go to Bardsey for the day make sure that it is a good day as there is little shelter on the island and remember to take your own food and drink. There are some excellent walks and the wildlife is fascinating. The boat trip is excellent made better by the knowledge of the ferryman (Colin). Probably not ideal for those who find walking difficult and you need to be able to climb up a ladder to get on the boat. If you can do that and are happy to sit by the port and watch the sea, seals and people walking to the lighthouse, then go! It really is beautiful.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful island; important info re: accommodation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Bardsey is a beautiful, quiet, tiny island with easy walking, hundreds of seals and fantastic seascapes. One thing that neither the website nor booking forms tell you, though, is that the Bardsey Island Trust that owns the island has a policy of not cleaning the houses between lets. This means that the standard of cleanliness in each house is entirely dependent on the willingness, effort and materials available to each set of people who have stayed there previously during the season, not just the ones who were last in the house. With no electricity and the need to heat all hot water on the stove, it's easy for grime to build-up as the holiday season progresses. Unless you don't mind that, I suggest booking your stay as close to the start of the letting season as possible as entries in visitors' books state that the houses are immaculate after the thorough clean they receive before the season begins..

Visited September 2012
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Watford, England, United Kingdom
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“Island stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Wonderful island to stay on, provided you prefer getting back to basics, and a slow pace of life, to mod cons. We stayed at Carreg Bach, pictured, and had a fantastic week.

Visited August 2012
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“Ynys Enlli - Bardsey To the west of Penllyn, Gwynedd. Well worth the journey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Go for a day, or stay for a week, this island is amazing. It's run by the Bardsey Island Trust. Go to get away from it all, to experience an old Welsh way of life, to see the wildlife ( on a recent day trip in June I saw seals, peregrines, choughs, guillemots, and an amazing pink carpet of thrift), or as a pilgrimage.
Take Colin's boat from Porth Meudwy, for a safe and scenic crossing ( it may be cancelled if the weather is bad, but try again, it's worth it). The other reviews give more details of the boat trip.
On a day trip there's just time to walk round the island, to the lighthouse, and then up past the old houses to the chapel, and on to the mountain for views back to the mainland. On a clear day it's possible to see Snowdon, Pembrokeshire, Ireland and more.
If you're hooked, as I was, and want to stay longer, houses can be rented from the Bardsey Island Trust. The houses have no electricity (but have gas fridges), there's running water, and the ty bach (toilet) is outside, but that's all part of the attraction. You'll need to take provisions for the week, but some food can be bought at the small shop run by the bird observatory. Mobile phones only work in a few spots, so it's possible to escape the stress of modern life for a while.
As another reviewer suggests, learn a little of the history before you go.

Visited June 2012
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“Boat trip to Bardsey Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

A trip by boat and a chance to spend a few hours on Bardsey is fab. Well worth the £30 for the boat trip. Colin the skipper is a character and knows the area very well - coming from a family linked to the island for 300 years. The journey took about 20 minutes with a talk on the island and a detour to see the birds on the way back. Watching about 30 seals come and go and bask in the sunshine was a very rare treat - how noisy they were was something else! Nearly forgot I saw 3 puffins too! If you're ever in this area you must go to Bardsey or Ynys Enlli with Colin.

Visited May 2012
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