Bardsey Island, or Ynys Enlli as it is known in Welsh, sits in splendid isolation just off the south western tip of the Lleyn Peninsula. In times past religious pilgrims travelled great distances to this site; these days the area provides a focal point for experienced sea kayakers. The island is truly special place where the temptation to linger is strong. Nonetheless, a trip out to Bardsey is considered a serious proposition and one which requires detailed tidal planning to safely cross Bardsey Sound (which has a strong tidal stream).
A less committing option, in the right conditions, is to stay close to the mainland. In Aberdaron bay there are two interesting islands, Ynys Gwylan-fawr and Ynys Gwylan-bach where you will see cormorants, puffins and perhaps a seal or two. Another option is to go for a trip around the Uwchmynydd headland, passing Pen y Cil and Braich y Pwll to reach the delightful beach at Porthor on the north coast of the peninsula.
Aberdaron is the common starting point here; there is a slipway leading from the centre of the village onto the sand and shingle beach. There is a National Trust car park and visitor centre in the centre of the village. There is also a National Trust car park at Porthor.