Bardsey Island

Sea Kayaking

Bardsey Island / Ynys Enlli | ©Si Panton

Bardsey Island

Sea Kayaking

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.

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The publisher of this website accepts no responsibility for the way in which readers use the information contained therein. The descriptions and recommendations are for guidance only and must be subject to discriminating judgement by the reader. Advice and training should be sought before utilising any equipment or techniques mentioned within the text or shown in any of the photographic images. Kayaking and canoeing are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.


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Welsh Sea Kayaking

As well as providing essential information on where to start and finish, distances, times and tidal information, the book does much to stimulate and inform our interest in the environment we are passing through.


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