Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Day 10 – Wales Coast – Abersoch and Lleyn peninsula – Island of 20 000 Souls

King Arthur died here, and so did 20 000 Christians...

Bardsey island, two miles long, off the western tip of Lleyn, must be one haunted place. Back in the 6th century, the Pope decreed that three pilgrimages to Bardsey was equal to one pilgrimage to Rome (because the journey to Rome was too dangerous). Over a period of time, thousands and thousands came to the island, which eventually became known as the Isle of 20 000 Saints, because as many as 20 000 pilgrims came and died here.

Make your own way there with Colin Evans of Bardsey Boat Trips, which offers boat trips to the island from the town of Aberdaron. Besides the historical aspect, the island is noted for its nestings of Manx Shearwater and Peregrine Falcons.

Pic of Bardsey Island, courtesy of Bardsey Boat Trips.

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