Bardsey Lighthouse

Bardsey Lighthouse stands on the southerly tip of the island and gives a guide to vessels in passage through St George’s Channel and the Irish Sea. The lighthouse tower is unusual in being square in plan. It is striped in red and white horizontal bands. The building was erected by Trinity House in 1821 at a cost of £5,470 12s 6d plus a further £2,950 16s 7d for the lantern.

Leaving Strumble Head behind, vessels enter Cardigan Bay, where in the 1890s a lightship was stationed which is no longer in use. The next headland encountered is the Lleyn Peninsula of Caernavonshire with the small island of Bardsey separated from the mainland by the Bardsey Sound. The island, some 2 miles long by ½ mile wide, is surrounded by outcrops of sharp rocks.

In the sixth century Bardsey was a refuge for the Celts who sought sanctuary from the bloodthirsty Saxons. Only the ruins of the Abbey of St. Mary remain, but the sanctity of its patron, St Dolmers, who died there in 612 made the Abbey famous all over Britain. The remains of many venerable monks were conveyed to the island to be buried, and acres of graves record tales of pious and laborious lives.

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7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 8.4℃ to 9℃ with wind speed 14.3 m/sec (SW)
Thursday, Mar 23lightrainshowers_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.6℃ to 9.1℃ with wind speed 12.9 m/sec (SW)
Friday, Mar 24partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.3℃ to 8.4℃ with wind speed 13.7 m/sec (SW)
Saturday, Mar 25partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 7.6℃ to 7.8℃ with wind speed 13.1 m/sec (WSW)
Sunday, Mar 26partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 5℃ to 6℃ with wind speed 1.1 m/sec (ENE)
Monday, Mar 27fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.3℃ to 4.7℃ with wind speed 6.1 m/sec (NNW)
Tuesday, Mar 28partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.8℃ to 6.9℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (WSW)

Bardsey Island weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

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