Swnt Enlli (the Bardsey Sound) is approximately
two miles wide and separates Ynys Enlli (Enlli)
from the western tip of Llŷn. This is one of the
most treacherous stretches of water around the
UK, with the tide running at up to 10 knots -
Ynys Enlli means "island of the tides".
Enlli is about two miles long by half a mile
wide (at it's widest point!). It has a
"mountain" (Mynydd Enlli), lighthouse, beach and
small harbour where the boats that bring
visitors to the island can moor at high tide.
There are a handful of houses and outbuildings
centred around what is left of the ancient
monastery (stone from the monastery was used to
help build some of the houses). A more recent
chapel lies nearby at the foot of Mynydd Enlli.
There is a small shop and basic toilet
facilities in the centre of this "village".
There is no better place to get away from modern
life - Enlli has no electricity, and water is
gathered from springs on the hillside. However
this is part of what attracts visitors here, as
the island has for hundreds of years. Pilgrims
have travelled to Enlli for centuries, and at
one time, three journeys to the island equalled
one to Rome. The island is said to be the burial
place of 20,000 saints. Enlli is important for
wildlife, especially birds and there is an
observatory on the island.
The Ymddiriedolaeth Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island
Trust) bought the island in 1979 and now manages
it by stationing a couple of households on the
island on a permanent basis. The Trust's office
is located within Plas Glyn-y-Weddw in
. Trips to the island run mainly
from Porth Meudwy near