"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Shell Island (Wales)

Shell Island, also known as Mochras, is a peninsula lying west of Llanbedr in Gwynedd, Wales. It was formed after the River Artro was diverted by the Earl of Winchelsey in 1819 from its previous course where it entered the sea to the south of Shell Island. Prior to this, access to the ancient settlement on the island would have been through the village of Llandanwg, which is now across the estuary.

Shell Island is known for the wide variety of seashells that wash up on the beach, and for its wild flowers. It is said to have been connected to the mythical Cantre'r Gwaelod.

Public vehicular access to the island is only possible via a causeway across the estuary of the River Artro when the tide is out. Access on foot is always possible from the adjacent Mochras/Morfa Dyffryn beach, which extends for several kilometres south of Shell Island. Access to emergency vehicles is available at any time through the neighbouring airfield.

Shell Island has a popular camp site which offers the opportunity to practise "wild camping" in pitches which are far from the nearest neighbour (and from toilet and other facilities). Camp fires are allowed on the beach, on the campsite only raised contained fires and barbecues are allowed.

The island lies within the Snowdonia National Park, as a result of which the campsite closes from the end of October to the following March. During this period local farmers bring their sheep from the lowlands to graze on the island.

Local authority: Gwynedd Council

OS Grid Reference: SH552265

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Things to see and do in and around Shell Island (Wales)

  • The Childrens Farm Park
  • Llanfair Slate Caverns
  • Harlech Castle
  • Portmeirion
  • Ffestiniog Railway
  • Welsh Highland Railway
  • Bendi-gedig
  • Rob Piercy Gallery
  • Snowdon Mill Art and Craft Centre
  • Welsh Highland Heritage Railway

Tourist Information

Harlech
Tourist Information Centre
Llys y Graig
High Street
Wales
LL46 2YE

Phone 01766 780 658
Email tic.harlech@eryri-npa.gov.uk

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Forecast for Saturday 25 March

06:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 3°C
(feels like 2°C)
Wind 0mph, gusting to 1mph.
SSW
Pressure 1033
Humidity 62%
UV Index n/a
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Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 9°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 2mph.
ESE
Pressure 1033
Humidity 54%
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12:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 2mph.
ENE
Pressure 1032
Humidity 42%
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15:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 14°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
ENE
Pressure 1030
Humidity 36%
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18:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 11°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
NE
Pressure 1029
Humidity 59%
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21:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
NNE
Pressure 1029
Humidity 66%
UV Index n/a
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