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52.912352, -4.081522

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Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
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Distance: 4.5 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 10 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Gwynedd, North Wales
  • Size: 7.3 hectares
  • Terrain: Saltmarsh, low-tide estuary sand
  • Access: Tidal sands
  • Height gain: 22 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer OL18
  • Starting point: Talsarnau station. Lat/Long 52.9047, -4.0677; GR SH 610 361
  • Accommodation/food:

    There is no accommodation on Ynys Giftan. There are three campsites close to Ynys Gifftan including Llech Camping; Tanforhesgan Caravan and Camping; and Barcdy Caravan Park and and Campsite Also, nearby, try the four-star Hotel Portmeirion ; or Edwardian Gwrach Ynys Country Guesthouse . The Ship Aground in Talsarnau is friendly and serves food; more facilities in Penrhyndeudraeth 3km away

  • Island Summary:

    A fabulous tidal walk across the Dwyryd Estuary to reach this island that sits in the shadows of the mountains of Snowdonia and the spires of the Italianate village of Portmeirion. The walk crosses beautiful salt marsh and expansive tidal sands for the ultimate in wild swim in the sun-warmed pools. It is also possible to explore the beautiful foreshore of Ynys Gifftan. It is a great place to explore if you are walking the Wales Coast Path between Porthmadog and Harlech

  • Look out for:
    • Foraging for samphire in the saltmarsh
    • Panoramic views of the majestic mountains of Snowdonia
    • Heavenly picnic spots on the rocks
    • Secret swims in the deep, warm pools
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