Bucket list experiences for you, your friends and family on Our Epic Shores
Wales is a world beater in so many ways, but our epic shores are right up there with the best there is. They’re the perfect place to hang out with a big group of friends or family, ticking off some bucket list adventures. Here are eight great experiences that are best enjoyed as a group.
1. Sleep suspended above the sea
Cliff camping by Gaia AdventuresYes, that’s right. If you venture to the Anglesey coastline in North Wales, you can enjoy a ‘cosy’ night’s sleep on a bed attached to the side of a cliff face. Picture abseiling down to your perch, then sipping a hot chocolate while watching the sun set, as the waves roar against the rocks below. We recommend this unique sleepover for small groups, as the ‘portaledges’ you sleep on can only fit two or three. This unforgettable experience is not for the faint of heart, but there’s no doubt you’ll be talking about it for years to come.
2. Sip a pint in Wales’ most southerly pub
Flat Holm IslandYou may have heard of Flat Holm, the isolated island off Cardiff Bay which forms the most southerly point of Wales. But did you know it’s home to one of Wales’ most unique pubs? The Gull and Leek reopened in 2011, and has one of the most extraordinary beer gardens in the world: basically, the rest of the island. The trip will take some planning, as you need to book a place on a boat to get there, but we promise it’s worth the effort. Enjoy the island’s natural charms, explore the lighthouse and sink a pint of delicious real ale.
3. Explore the Wales Coast Path
Coastal Path, Aberystwyth, CeredigionWales is home to an 870 mile long coast path, the world’s first uninterrupted route along a country’s coast. Stretching the entirety of the Welsh coastline, some hardy visitors have conquered the whole trail, but if you’re looking for a more chilled out journey with a few mates, you can tackle it one stretch at a time. As you’d expect, there’s a wide variety of different places to stay, eat and drink along the way. Check out the Wales Coast app to plan your journey.
4. Stand up paddleboarding under the stars
Stand up paddleboarding under the stars in North Wales by Two For Joy Photography LtdStand up paddleboarding, or SUP, has seen its popularity surge in recent years. A truly unique way to take the activity to the next level, is SUP at night. Psyched Paddle Boarding on Anglesey offer late night sessions in the Snowdonia Dark Skies Reserve, so you can paddle underneath the moon and stars with just the local wildlife for company. Bliss.
5. Enjoy a festival by the sea
Band performing at Festival No.6, Portmeirion, North WalesThere are a number of acclaimed music festivals in Wales – we are the Land of Song after all, and most of these festivals are on our beautiful coastline. If you’re in the mood for great music paired with fairy tale inspired architecture, your group should head to the Italianate village of Portmeirion for Festival No.6. For something entirely different, head to Porthcawl, South Wales for the annual Elvis Festival. For the last 15 years, this seaside town has been a beacon for fans of the King, with hundreds of Presley impersonators from all over the world descending on its beaches, pubs and bars for a weekend every autumn.
6. Dolphin and seal spotting off the coast of New Quay
A pod of dolphins in Cardigan Bay, Ceredigion by A Bay To RememberWelsh waters are filled to the brim with wildlife, including dolphins, porpoise and seals. Head to New Quay in Cardigan Bay, Mid Wales, for some of the best wildlife-watching trips. Keep your eyes peeled for a rare sea turtle and get the lowdown on the area from your knowledgeable skipper.
7. Swim and surf in West Wales’ best kept secrets
If you haven’t had enough escapades on your trip so far, head to Preseli Venture in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. There, you can experience an adventure day like never before, taking in the totally untouched, rugged wilderness of West Wales at locations so secret we can’t even link you to them! What we can say is that the adventures include kayaking to off-shore islands, exploring mystical caves, and floating among the rock gardens. If you need an extended stay, you can rest your weary limbs at Preseli Venture’s five star eco lodge.
8. Jump into the waters of Wales’ own Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon early morning from Abereiddy on the path to Porthgain, Pembrokeshire by ALAMO2008If you’re visiting Pembrokeshire, this is a must. Abereiddy’s Blue Lagoon is a former slate quarry, that’s now a mecca for cliff jumpers the world over thanks to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. If this sounds right up your street, coasteering experts Adventure Beyond can be your guides to plummeting (safely) into the water below. If you’re one of the not so adventurous members of the group, the Blue Lagoon itself is a natural amphitheatre, so you can be in charge of the Instagrams and Boomerangs.