Cardigan Bay is the largest Bay in the British Isles, stretching approximately 50 miles from Bardsey Island off the Llyn Peninsula in the north to Strumble Head in Pembrokeshire in the South. Step into a gentler pace of life where you will discover breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, great walks and stunning wildlife.
The spectacular Ceredigion Heritage Coast area offers award-winning sandy beaches and secluded coves hiding between rocky headlands. Fabulous coast walks allow you to visit these as you descend from the open headlands into narrow, secret valleys and follow the streams to the end of their journeys.
The coastal paths of Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire follow the dramatic cliff tops and offer great opportunities to spot local wildlife, whether it’s on land or at sea.
There are tiny coastal hamlets, pretty seaside villages such as Llangrannog and Tresaith, and small towns like New Quay, from where you can take a boat ride in Cardigan Bay and perhaps be lucky enough to see dolphins.
Cardigan Bay Dolphins
Cardigan Bay is home to one of two resident groups of bottlenose dolphin living in the vicinity of the UK and the largest resident population in the whole of Europe. Watching dolphins in their natural environment is always a magical experience.
Reserves and Conservation
With its nature reserves and marine conservation areas, the coast supports a rich variety of wildlife, offering the opportunity for you to spot not only dolphins but also porpoises, grey seals, choughs and many kinds of seabirds including Razorbill and Fulmar.
The landscape provides a stunning backdrop for the numerous and varied walks both along the Ceredigion Coastal Path and inland. In the rolling green countryside and wooded valleys you may see Peregrine Falcons, Buzzards and Red Kite, and perhaps even an otter.
Apart from the wonderful coastal paths, there is a rich diversity of activities on offer from cycling, canoeing, sea kayaking and snorkelling to horse riding, bird watching, fishing and golf.
The strong traditions inherent in the history and culture of this area of Wales are apparent in the attractive coastal towns of Aberystwyth, Aberaeron and Cardigan. Along with the fantastic variety of wildlife and habitats, the beautiful coastline of Cardigan Bay has been designated a Special Area of Conservation to help ensure its beauty and wildlife are safeguarded for generations to come.
Our favourites of the best things to do in Cardigan Bay:
We love a circular cliff and woodland walk around Llangrannog followed by a delicious lunch and homemade ice cream at The Patio Cafe.
A boat trip from New Quay to spot Dolphins and seabirds such as Razorbills and Guillemots nesting on the cliffs
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