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Cardigan Bay - the coast of Ceredigion

The ​Ceredigion coast has golden sands, award winning beaches, cliffs, coves and caves, tiny ports and harbours and a rollicking seafaring history to discover. The coastal Special Areas of Conservation are havens for wildlife which you can enjoy with a wildlife spotting boat trip. Enjoy fresh air on a coastal walk, or have a go at a range of watersports.

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Beaches Coast Path Wildlife Watersports

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Ceredigion beaches and holiday resorts

Ceredigion’s resort beaches and pretty, sandy coves are award-winning with Blue Flags,Green Coast and Seaside Award designations.

The Blue Flag Award is the highest accolade given to beaches across Europe, while the Seaside Award is for well-managed beaches with excellent standards of cleanliness and water quality. The Green Coast Award is in recognition of  the high quality of undeveloped beaches.

The most popular bathing beaches are patrolled by RNLI lifeguards during the summer months.

Ceredigion's main coastal holiday towns are Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, New Quay and Cardigan and smaller seaside resorts include Llangrannog, Aberporth and Tresaith 

Walking the Ceredigion coast

As a key part of the Wales Coast Path, the spectacular shores along the Ceredigion coast path stretch some 60 miles around the magnificent sweep of Cardigan Bay. The landscape and scenery is varied, ranging from coastal cliffs, wooded and flower covered slopes to pebble beaches, hidden coves and waterfalls and sandy stretches backed by dunes and wildlife rich marshes. Much of this landscape is protected, including sites managed by the National Trust and local Wildlife Trusts.

The outstanding beauty of Cardigan Bay was acknowledged when it became the UK’s first designated Marine Heritage Coast some 25 years ago.

Ceredigion's coastal wildlife

Two areas of the coast of Ceredigion have been designated Special Areas of Conservation. Discover what makes these areas so special at the Cardigan Bay Boat Place in New Quay - there are guided walks and fun beach activities led by the warden every weekend from May onwards.

A choice of Wildlife spotting boat trips are available from New Quay from around Easter to late autumn and from Cardigan throughout the year. A boat trip is the best way to enjoy safe views of bottlenose dolphins, porpoises, seals, coastal birds and sea caves.

Or take a walk along the coast path - there are great vantage points where you can look out for dolphins and seabirds at Mwnt, Aberporth, Llangrannog and New Quay.


Ceredigion is a great place to try out watersports, whether you want to challenge yourself with a new sport, or enjoy having fun with the whole family. Ceredigion locals love the Cardigan Bay surf which can be both gentle and challenging, depending on the beach, tides and weather conditions.

There are sailing clubs at each of Ceredigion's harbour towns, and regattas to watch and take part in, starting with New Quay's 'Frostbite' series in February.

Celtic rowing is also a popular sport, with seven clubs regularly competing, and taking on Irish rowers every two years in the 90 mile Celtic Challege across the Irish Sea between Arklow in Ireland and Aberystwyth.

If you take out your own boat to explore the Ceredigion coastline, please check weather and tides and adhere to the Ceredigion Marine Code of Conduct drawn up to protect the wildlife.​​