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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bardsey Island

Bardsey Island
Ranked #231 of 703 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
South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

For a truly wonderful day out ,take a 20 mins boat trip to Bardsey with Colin.He is based at Porth Meudwy near Aberdaron and charges £30 each for the 20 min journey.You then get 4 hrs to explore the island which is just right.The lighthouse,the seals on the rocks around it are a great starter,followed by tea in the farm at the foot of the 550' high mountain,before the walk up for brilliant views.On the way back round there is the monastery ruins,the old school and the bird observatory.Thankyou Colin !
PS take a packed lunch !!

Visited August 2013
16 Thank Dave W
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Day trip recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
12 Thank Majeroc
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful island; important info re: accommodation”
3 of 5 bubbles 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
30 Thank Alice P
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Watford, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Island stay”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
8 Thank Chris R
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“Ynys Enlli - Bardsey To the west of Penllyn, Gwynedd. Well worth the journey”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
9 Thank Pwy
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