The Tudwals are a pair of islands that sit offshore from the busy seaside resort of Abersoch. Despite the close proximity to this popular tourist town, the area has a surprisingly wild feel to it, that certainly being the case should you take the extended trip around the adjacent headlands.
A trip out to the islands is relatively straightforward; the tidal streams are not strong here. Tudwals East has a large population of seabirds, especially kittiwakes and fulmars. It is possible to land halfway along the eastern side and, should you need it, some shelter can be had in a small ruin at the southern end of the island. Tudwals West is currently owned by Bear Grylls, who has built a holiday home on the island; there is an automatic lighthouse on the island too. The island is a good place to see seals, the southern end being a favourite sunbathing spot for them.
A trip around the headlands of Trwyn yr Wylfa and Trwyn Cilan can be quite challenging, particularly if you have to paddle against the prevailing stream. Trwyn yr Wylfa guards access to Porth Ceriad, a popular surfing beach which often has surf when Hell’s Mouth is not working. Trwyn Cilan is even more impressive with a continuous run of big cliffs dropping straight into the sea. Hell’s Mouth is the most famous of the Lleyn surf beaches and good sport can often be had here, particularly in the south east corner of the beach.
Access can be made at Marchroes and egress at either Porth Ceiriad or Hell’s Mouth.