Our Living Seas Wales project is brought to you in partnership with North Wales Wildlife Trust and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
This exciting project will allow you to experience the incredible marinescape of Wales and all its wildlife. It also aims to raise awareness of how fragile this precious place is.
Our 7D augmented reality experience is also on tour and is for the whole family – we’re using this as a way to experience swimming with dolphins and raise awareness of our incredible wildlife.
We have created two guides to some of the best wild marine and coastal experiences around Wales
Experiencing what we have directly is the best way of protecting it for the future.
Experience the best of our coastal and marine environment Down South
This itinerary will take you on a tour of the Coastal Way and spectacular West Wales coast, taking in the amazing wildlife this area attracts along the way.
When: April – October
Time: 5-7 days
Mumbles Head, Swansea
Start your DOWN SOUTH adventure at the beginning of the Gower Peninsula’s coastline at Mumbles Head, Swansea. This relaxing stroll is the perfect start to exploring South Wales. Keep an eye out for Seabirds, Cetaceans and Jellyfish as you walk along the coast.
The coastal path is accessible for all users and there is a selection of coffee bars and places to stop and have a bite to eat along the way. Why not surround yourself in the areas history by visiting the old Lighthouse which was built in 1794, or go for a stroll along the Victorian Pier? Oystermouth Castle is also well worth a visit. For other visitor information, visit Swansea Bay’s website
St Govan’s Head, Pembrokeshire
Pack your camera and walking boots as we head west along the beautiful Welsh coast to St Govan’s Head, Pembrokeshire. This gentle walk is approx. 1.1.miles. Just to pre-warn you that the views along the coast are simply amazing!
The cliffs here are home to a variety of amazing seabirds. Watch out for Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes. Look carefully out at sea for cetaceans too! What will you spot?
If you fancy exploring the area further then check out St Govan’s Chapel which can be found close to the car park and down a flight of steps. For further visitor information, visit Visit Pembrokeshire’s Website
St Anne’s Head & Martins Haven, Pembrokeshire
Start the day by heading to St Anne’s Head to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast Path around the beautiful peninsula. The coastal scenery is epic so make sure you’ve charged your camera! Keep an eye out for wildlife including seabirds, Seals, Dolphins and Porpoise.
Continue your day by car to Martin’s Haven. Head for the Wildlife Trusts Lockley Lodge Visitor Centre, situated on one of the most South-Westernmost peninsulas in Wales to embark on a journey you’ll never forget. Buy your ticket and take the 15 minute boat journey to Skomer Island where you’ll have the chance to see one of the most spectacular seabird colonies in the world and a few cetaceans along the way if you’re lucky!
For further visitor information, visit Visit Pembrokeshire’s Website
St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire
Head north to St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire. St David’s is a particularly beautiful area of the county and a great place for the whole family to explore and enjoy. Pack your binoculars and keep an eye out for a variety of seabirds, Seals and Porpoise as you walk along the coast.
Check out the remnants of the Iron Age community that once called it home with a fort and remains of huts whist your there?! For further visitor information, visit Visit Pembrokeshire’s Website
Continue with your trip North for the next stop on the tour. Located on the North West tip of Pembrokeshire just west of Fishguard you’ll find Strumble Head.
Strumble is one of the best places in Wales to see migrating seabirds as they follow the coast up and down the west of Britain. Because Strumble sticks out so far into The Irish Sea, the birds are concentrated and close to shore.
Visitors to this part of Wales are always on the look out for Dolphins and Porpoise.
For further visitor information, visit Visit Pembrokeshire’s Website
Mwnt and Eglwys y Grog
Beach time is the next stop! Continue on the A487 to the award winning Mwnt Beach which is located on one of the most varied stretches of the Wales Coast Path, about 4.5 miles from the historic market town of Cardigan and is part of the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation.
Mwnt is an ideal place to spot Bottlenose Dolphins, Basking Sharks and Porpoise. Mwnt is also an ancient holy site and its picturesque and startlingly simple 14th century Church of the Holy Cross (Eglwys y Grog) served as a sailors’ chapel of ease, and was a welcome refuge for medieval pilgrims en route to the patron saint of Wales’ shrine at St Davids.
For further information visit Visit Mid Wales’ Website
Finish your adventure with a visit to the golden sands and peaceful harbour of New Quay, at the heart of Cardigan Bay. Make sandcastles on the beach and have fish and chips on the harbour wall before visiting the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, where you can find out all about the bay’s famous Bottlenose Dolphins.
Then take a boat trip with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips to get close to these amazing creatures in the company of a member of the Wildlife Trust’s Marine Team.
Cardigan Bay is one of the best places to see Bottlenose Dolphins in the UK, so this is an experience not to be missed! For more info visit our Cardigan Bay pages.
Experience the best of our coastal and marine environment Head North
This itinerary will take you on a tour of the North Wales Way and spectacular North Wales coast, taking in the amazing wildlife this area attracts along the way.
When: April – October
Time: 5-7 days
Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve, Gwynedd.
Start your Head North getaway with a visit to Morfa Harlech Nature Reserve. If golden sand dunes are your thing then you will not be disappointed. Take your time on this stunning coastal walk through this dramatic and spectacular nature reserve. Morfa Harlech is a great place for birdwatching, especially in winter when you might see Whooper Swans and large flocks of Wigeon and Mallard. Hundreds of Curlew and Oystercatcher also congregate on the mudflats to the north.
Also keep and eye out for Dolphins. For a panoramic overview of the area, why not visit Harlech Castle and look down from the walls on what was clearly sea in the not too distant past. For further information visit Visit Wales’ website.
Gwaith Powdwr Nature Reserve, Gwynedd.
The next stop on the Head North tour takes you to Gwaith Powdwr Nature Reserve. Believe it or not but Gwaith Powdwr was once the biggest explosives works in Europe!
It was donated to the North Wales Wildlife Trust by ICI in 1998 and is now managed as a nature reserve. The reserve offers fabulous views of Snowdonia and the Dwyryd Estuary, and there are many paths throughout the site with excellent access. There is a bird hide to view the wildlife up close. Keep a look out for Lesser Horseshoe Bat, Nightjar, Pied Flycatcher and Adder. For further visitor information visit the North Wales Wildlife Trust.
Uwchmynydd sits right at the south west tip of the Llyn Peninsula, just beyond the charming village of Aberdaron. It is a beautiful and calm place, and one where the pace of life seems that bit slower. Aberdaron makes a good starting point for the route. Spectacular coastal scenery. Keep an eye out for Chough, Porpoise, Dolphins and Seals. There is a car park in the centre of Aberdaron. For further visitor information visit Outdoor Wales’ website
Continue to Head North approx. 14 miles to Porthdinllaen and don’t forget your binoculars and beach towel! This picture perfect fishing village is located on a stunning stretch of sandy beach which the whole family will enjoy. The area is well known for Sand Martins, Cormorants, Oystercatchers and other coastal birds.
The beautiful headland is also a popular spot with local Atlantic Grey Seals. Why not snorkel for views of fantastic Seagrass or try your hand at paddle boarding! For further visitor information visit Visit Snowdonia.
Ynys Llanddwyn, Anglesey
The next stop on the Head North tour takes you to the magical island of Llanddwyn! Big and little kids will love to explore this quirky island. Visit during low tide for excellent views of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula. Check out its famous lighthouse and ancient church ruins dedicated to the Welsh Saint Valentine; Saint Dwynwen.
Together with the dunes and beach, the island of Ynys Llanddwyn is part of a National Nature Reserve which also includes large areas of saltmarsh and coastal sand flats. Why not go rock-pooling, watch the rich bird-life or try to count all the various types of wildflowers? For further information visit N.R.W.
Cemlyn Nature Reserve, Anglesey
Welcome to the “jewel in the crown” of Anglesey’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cemlyn Nature Reserve is valued for both its scenic qualities and its unique range of wildlife.
The area is as popular with general visitors as it is with birdwatchers and naturalists. It includes a large lagoon, separated from the sea by a spectacular, naturally created shingle ridge. During the summer months it is home to one of the most important tern colonies in Wales, including Sandwich, Common and Artic Terns. Also keep an eye out for Bottlenose Dolphins, Porpoises, Grey Seals and Oystercatcher. For further visitor information visit North Wales Wildlife Trust.
Bull Bay, North Angelsey
The small village of Bull Bay lies on Anglesey’s north coast and is a great family stop on the Head North tour. Rock pooling is a firm favourite with locals and visitors to Bull Bay! The rugged coastline is made up of some of the oldest rocks on the planet – cliffs and slabs that are a staggering 570 million years old. As well as its fascinating geology Bull Bay offers some brilliant and challenging coastal walks. The area is also home to Wales’ most northerly golf club and is a great fishing spot. When exploring keep an eye out for Harbour Porpoises, Seals, Seabirds, Risso and Bottlenose Dolphins! For further information visit Go North Wales.
Garth Pier, Bangor
The next stop on the Head North tour will take you to the prettiest pier in Wales; Garth Pier! On a beautiful day visitors can see for miles over the woodland by Beaumaris and beautiful town of Bangor. No visit to the Pier is complete without a traditional cream tea at the Pavilion tea room! Keep an eye out for wading birds and Seals as you stroll down the Pier. For further visitor information visit Wales Directory.
Great Orme, Llandudno
Welcome to Llandudno’s mini-mountain, rich in natural and man-made history! The Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve is one stop on the Head North tour that you won’t forget!
Keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife including Guillemots, Kittiwakes and Razorbills, Ravens, Little Owls, Peregrine Falcons, Seals, Porpoise, Dolphins and the silver-studded blue butterfly. Visitors also have no problem in spotting the Great Orme’s most famous residents…the wild Kashmir Goats with their awesome shaggy white coats and fearsome horns.
Don’t forget to check out Llandudno Pier (the longest in Wales), go on a pleasure boat trip or have some family fun on North shore beach. For further information visit Visit Llandudno.
Prestatyn & Gronant Dunes, Denbigshire
The final stop on the Head North Trail takes you to the three glorious golden beaches of Prestatyn and Gronant Dunes. Prestatyn is situated on the coast in the county of Denbighshire. The town is nestled between beautiful beaches and a spectacular hillside; it’s the perfect finish to the Head North tour.
The promenade links the three beaches together to make a straight path, perfect for walkers and cyclists. After you’ve had fun at the beach there’s plenty more to see and do in and around the area.
Keep an eye for Wales’ only remaining colony of breeding Little Terns at Gronant Dunes. If you’re looking for a lesson in history then check out the Roman Bath House or Offa’s Dyke Path. For further information visit Rhyl Prestatyn website.