An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

52.172963, -4.466125
Distance: 4.4 km
Difficulty: Difficult
Method: Walking; scrambling
Wow Factor: 9 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Cardigan Bay, West Wales
  • Terrain: Easy coastal path; and steep lose route down the cliffs; scrambling on the island
  • Access: Tidal beach
  • Height gain: 237 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 198
  • Starting point: Ynys Lochtyn headland. Lat/Long 52.171058, -4.466201. GR SN 31445 55401
  • Accommodation/food:

    Cafes, inns and loos at Llangrannog.

  • Island Summary:

    This small, wild and tidal island is a high grass-topped plateau that sits adjacent to the Ynys Lochtyn headland from which it is cut off on all but the lowest of tides. Surrounded by steep cliffs that jut into Cardigan Bay with a treasure trove of caves, rock ledges and beaches there is a thrilling sense of exposure here. It is an extraordinary spot from which to enjoy the whole sweep of Cardigan Bay, with the craggy outline of the Llŷn peninsula that can be seen to the north on clear days.

  • Look out for:
    • Feel dizzy atop the spectacular cliffs
    • Scramble on rock ledges and explore seacaves
    • Poke around in huge rockpools
    • Watch the dolphins of Cardigan Bay
  • Route description:

    Starting along the Ceridigion Coast Path above the vertiginous cliffs between Llangarrog and Newquay the route then descends a precipitous, loose path that drops down the sea cliffs from the headland. Once on the rocks below, the route then continues through a sea cave and onto a large ledge to ascend onto the island itself.

  • Getting there:

    About half way between Aberaeron and Cardigan on the A487 turn off onto the B4334 to Llangrannog.

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