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Llyn peninsula Aberdaron Gwynedd Wales
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Bardsey Island, Welsh:Ynys Enlli, is located just under 2 miles off the Llyn Peninsula in North West Wales. The Norsemen called this “the island of the bards”, while some say the Welsh name Ynys Enlli signifies “island of the tides”, others know it as the legendary "island of 20,000 saints". All names are appropriate. The bards would have been the inhabitants of the Celtic monastery established here as early as AD 429, their peace assured by the difficult passage through the tides and rips of Bardsey Sound. | In AD 516 Cadfan arrived from Brittany and under his guidance an Abbey was built. The island became known as "the land of indulgences, absolution and pardon, the road to Heaven, and the gate to Paradise". | By the 13th Century the Augustinians had taken over the island, and the island was placed on the pilgrim trail – its remoteness making three pilgrimages to Bardsey equal to one to Rome. The monastery was destroyed by the forces of Henry VIII in the 16th Century but the island remains an attraction for pilgrims to this day. | The 500 acre island consists of a hill, Mynydd Enlli (167m) whose gentler western slopes are farmed while an isthmus leads to a peninsula on which stands a lighthouse.| There is an abundance of wildlife including choughs and thousands of breeding pairs of the Manx shearwater. It is one of the best places in Gwynedd to see grey seals, and the waters around the island attract dolphins and porpoises. | Boat trips to Bardsey Island are available from Porth Meudwy (close to Aberdaron) and Pwllheli harbour. (See www.enllicharter.co.uk )Trips from Porth Meudwy depart at 10am, 11am and 12 noon, demand and weather permitting. The crossing to Bardsey takes about 20 minutes and the whole trip lasts about 4 hours.
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