"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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Weather

Forecast for Wednesday 18 October

06:00


Chance of rain 9%
Max temp. 10°C
(feels like 8°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
ENE
Pressure 1011
Humidity 79%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality

09:00


Chance of rain 7%
Max temp. 11°C
(feels like 8°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
E
Pressure 1010
Humidity 79%
UV Index
Air Quality

12:00


Chance of rain 6%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
ESE
Pressure 1008
Humidity 78%
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15:00


Chance of rain 12%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 11°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
ESE
Pressure 1007
Humidity 82%
UV Index
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18:00


Chance of rain 9%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 11°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
SE
Pressure 1006
Humidity 82%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality

21:00


Chance of rain 13%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
SE
Pressure 1005
Humidity 85%
UV Index n/a
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