Bardsey Island is a wild Welsh island located 2 miles off the Llŷn Peninsula. With a rich wildlife, dramatic coastline and fascinating history, there is plenty to discover from a day trip or a holiday on this unique island.
Bardsey Island lies 2 miles (3 kilometres) across Bardsey Sound at the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales.
The island is 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometres) long and, at its widest point, it is just over half a mile (1 kilometre) 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.
In 1979 the island was purchased by the Bardsey Island Trust and is now 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 Llŷn Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The island is also of international importance and has been listed as a Special Area of Conservation for its habitats and species as well as a Special Protection Area because of the breeding birds.
There are 12 properties on the island, each of which is Grade II listed. Of these properties one is leased to the farm, one to the Bardsey Bird & Field Observatory and one as a private letting to the Evans family (who have lived on Bardsey for three generations).
The other nine properties are let out by the Bardsey Island Trust as holiday lettings. These range from whole five bedroom farmhouses, converted lofts and one small traditional cottage. If you're interested in staying on Bardsey more information can be found here.
Our current (2021) project 'Building a Green Future for Bardsey island' is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to progress a comprehensive management plan which captures the commitment and ambition of all those involved in securing a future for the island.