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Visit Cardigan Bay and see your dolphin

... 200 miles from London
... 150 miles from Manchester
... 100 miles from Cardiff

Cardigan Bay enjoys a rich marine environment, full of wildlife. Throughout the year you regularly find bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals and a variety of bird life. There are also regular visitors to the bay, which include sunfish, basking sharks and even the elusive leatherback turtle. In recognition of its importance, parts of the Bay have been selected as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) - a European designation that will help to ensure that the area and its wildlife are safeguarded for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

Where can bottlenose dolphins be found

Bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals and the area's abundant bird life can all be seen close to the shore. There are peregrines and choughs along the cliffs, and breeding seabirds include kittiwake, razorbill, guillemot and puffin, as well as a large cormorant colony. Keep your eyes peeled to see what you can see!

Recommended boat operators in the Cardigan Bay area
Southern Cardigan Bay

Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips
New Quay
Cardigan Bay
Ceredigion
West Wales
Tel: 01545 560800 / 01545 560 375
Email:
Website: www.newquayboattrips.co.uk
Type of trip and vessel: 1 and 2 hour dolphin watching and wildlife trips along the Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast on motor vessels Ermol V and Ermol VI taking up to 67 passengers
Likely species to be seen: Grey seals, bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises as well as variety of seabirds.

Northern Cardigan Bay/Caernarfon Bay

Shearwater Coastal Cruises
Crud yr Arwel,
Mynytho,
Pwllheli,
Gwynedd
LL53 7RS
Contact: Alan Gray
Tel: 01758 740899
Email:
Website: www.shearwatercruises.com
Type of trip and vessel: Dolphin watching and wildlife trips on motor vessel taking up to 12 passengers (day trips)
Likely species to be seen: Mainly harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins, occasionally Risso's dolphins. Grey seals can also be seen.

Places to stay to see Dolphins

The following accomodation is a mixture of hotels, B↦B's, guest houses, campsites and a YHA that have had/have sightings of dolphins (some also see seals and porpoise)

Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw (Contact - Sian Povey) 01758 740763
Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 7TT
http://www.oriel.org.uk
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This Grade II* Listed Victorian Gothic Mansion overlooks the magnificent mountains of Snowdonia and Cardigan Bay in North West Wales and is 4-star self-catering that sleeps 10 people.

Windsor House (Contact - Keith Hamlett) 01766 522856
12 MARINE TERRACE, CRICCIETH, GWYNEDD, LL52 0EF
http://www.windsorflats.co.uk
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Three self-contained holiday flats awarded 3 stars by Visit Wales with sea and mountain views.

Hendre Mynach Touring C and C Park (Contact - Linda Clayton) 01341 280 262
Llanaber Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1YR
http://www.hendremynach.co.uk
email:
Located 100 metres from Barmouth Beach this family and couples friendly camp site for touring caravans and tents also has static vans and cottage rental.

The Marwyn Guest House (Contact - Trevor Parry) 01341 280185
21 Marine Parade, Barmouth, Gwynedd, Wales, LL42 1
http://www.marwynguesthouse.com
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The Marwyn Guest House is a small, friendly, run guest house located on the sea front in Barmouth. The front rooms give postcard picture views of the beach and promenade.

Tyr Graig Castle (Contact - Steve James) 01341 280 470
Llanaber Road, Barmouth, LL42 1YN
http://www.tyrgraigcastle.co.uk
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Ty'r Graig Castle is an enchanting Victorian guest accommodation set on a cliff-top between the mountains and the sea, boasting stunning views of Cardigan Bay.

Graig Wen Touring & Camping (Contact - Sarah) 01341 250482
Arthog, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL39 1BQ
http://www.graigwen.co.uk
email:
Graig Wen provides self-catering and B&B accomodation in Snowdonia National Park, with four holiday lets, a touring camp site and yurts.

Barmouth Bed & Breakfast (Contact - Dylan & Nicky) 01341 281366
Richmond House B&B, High Street, Barmouth, Gwynedd, Wales LL42 1DW
http://www.barmouthbedandbreakfast.co.uk
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Richmond House is a large Victorian town house in the centre of Barmouth with uninterrupted views of the spectacular Cardigan Bay sunsets, a 2 minute walk from Barmouth beach.

Morwendon House (Contact - Geoff & Teresa) 07092 197785
Llanaber, Nr. Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1RR
http://www.morwendon-house.co.uk
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Morwendon House is situated in the village of Llanaber with beautiful views over Cardigan Bay; an ideal base from which to explore and enjoy the delights of this beautiful part of Wales.

Morfa Bychan Holiday Park (Contact - Gary/Jenny Brunt) 01970 617254
Llanfarian, Nr. Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4QQ
http://www.hillandale.co.uk
email:
A gem on the Welsh coastline set in an enviable location with spectacular sea views over Cardigan Bay. Direct access to our own pebble beach which provides hours of fun rock pooling.

Blaenwaun Farm (Contact - Eleri Davies) 01239 613456
Mwnt, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1QF
http://www.blaenwaunfarm.com (campsite) and www.cardiganbayholidays.co.uk/ (bungalow 7 people)
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With panoramic views of Cardigan Bay - the home of the dolphin - is Blaenwaun Caravan Park. Just minutes walk via a bridle path is the exquisite National Trust beach of Mwnt.

YHA Poppit Sands (Contact - Stewart Towe) 01239 612936
Sea View, Poppit, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, SA43 3LP
http://www.yha.org.uk/find-accommodation/wales/hostels/Poppit-Sands/index.aspx
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YHA Poppit Sands is set in five acres of grounds overlooking Cardigan Bay with panoramic views of Poppit Sands. Bottlenose Dolphins can be spotted right outside the door.

The following accomodation is a mixture of hotels, B&B's, guest houses, campsites and a YHA that are a short walk to a beach that had/have sightings of dolphins (some also see seals and porpoise). This accommodation may/may not have sea view but do not have sightings from the property.

Bryn Melyn Guest House (David) 01341 280556
Panorama Road Barmouth Gwynedd LL42 1DQ
http://www.brynmelyn.co.uk
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High above the Mawddach Estuary enjoy far reaching views, good hearty food and watch the wildlife from our panoramic terrace.

Glan Y Gors (Gwen Evans) 01341 241410
Llandanwg, Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2SD
With panaramic views of Tremadog Bay and only 2 minutes walk to Llandanwg beach where dolphins can sometimes be seen this B&B also offers a touring and camping option.

Pentre Mawr Farmhouse B&B (Sue Owen) 01341 247413
Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd, LL44 2ES
http://www.pentre-mawr.co.uk
Set between the sea and the mountains, this working farm in southern Snowdonia is perfectly placed for unwinding just ten minutes walk to the local beach.

Byrdir (Louise) 01341 247 200
Dyffryn, Ardudwy, Gwynedd. LL44 2EA
http://www.byrdir.co.uk
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The 17th century stone farmhouse overlooks the beautiful cardigan bay coastline and out towards the Llyn peninsula, also offering 5 self-catering cottages.

Einion House (Alvin Pereira) sightings 01341 250644
Friog, Fairbourne, Gwynedd LL38 2NX
http://www.einionhouse.co.uk
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This 18th Century house lies on the edge of Snowdonia National Park overlooking Cardigan Bay from where sightings of dolphins have been reported. 5 minutes walk to a beautiful beach.

Rowen and Bennar Isa Holiday cottages (Marian) 01341 247333
Talybont, near Barmouth & Harlech Gwynedd LL43 2AD
http://www.barmouth-cottages.co.uk
email:
Set in a perfect rural location, between the Rhinog mountains and the Cambrian Coast Bay, Snowdonia National Park. We also self catering cottages close to the beach and mountains.

Coed Talon (Judy Davies) 01341 251025
Ffordd y Crynwyr, Llwynwgril, LL37 2JP nr bay with sea views
http://www.snowdonia-holiday.co.uk
email: Coed Talon is situated in the quiet seaside village of Llwyngwril on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, an ideal location with sea views for a perfect holiday venue.

Carno House B&B (Linda Hall) 01545 571 862
North Parade, Aberaeron, SA46 OJP Ceredigion. Sea view
http://www.carnohouse.com
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Overlooking Aberaeron town and Cardigan Bay Carno guesthouse also enjoys views over the town and sea and has the benefit of glorious sunsets.

Ty Gwyn Guest House (Mark Richards) 01545 570254
Drefach, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 0JR
http://www.tygwynguesthouse.co.uk
email:
Ty Gwyn is conveniently situated 10 minutes walk from Aberaeron centre and is only a few metres from the sea and Heritage Coastal Path.

West Wales Holiday Cottages 01239 810033
http://westwalesholidaycottages.co.uk
email:
Specialist website for independent cottages throughout West Wales, the easy way to find your ideal cottage and book direct.

Accomodation supporting Sea Watch (display leaflets and posters but no sightings)

Owners only park Green Meadow Caravan Holiday Home Park (Jon Freeman) 01970 820450
Clarach Bay, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DT
http://www.greenmeadowcaravanpark.co.uk
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25 mins drive to beach The Old Mill Farmhouse (Margaret Roberts) 01766 540 397
Fron Oleu Farm, Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd, LL41 4UN
http://www.oldmillfarmhouse.co.uk
email:

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