Puffin Island Cruises from Beaumaris Pier
Cruise lasts approximately 75 minutes.
This is a very popular pleasure cruise which includes panoramic views of the Snowdonia Mountain Range, Penmon Lighthouse and Puffin Island.
On arrival at Puffin Island you have the opportunity to see as many as 12 species of sea birds in their natural habitat - guillemots, cormorants, kittiwakes and of course the puffin. The east end of the island is home to a colony of grey seals which can be seen swimming in the sea or basking in the sunshine. The waters around Puffin Island are also home to bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise which occasionally come to the surface near the boat.
In Welsh the island is known as Ynys Seiriol, St. Seiriol's Island, after the 6th century monk who made his home on the island, and the ruins of a 12th century church dedicated to St Seiriol can still be seen on the island. Indeed, it is said that Seiriol is buried on the island, along with his patron, King Maelgwn Gwynedd, ruler of North Wales.
At the east end of the island are the ruins of the old semaphore signalling station, built in 1841 as part of a chain of telegraph stations erected on the order of the Liverpool Docks and Harbour Board to pass the names of sailing ships passing the Anglesey coast to Liverpool, where merchants would trade the cargoes. It was also this station which signalled news of the loss of the Royal Charter during a storm in 1859.
A passenger ship called the Rothesay Castle, on a day trip from Liverpool, sank near Puffin Island in 1831, leading to the construction of the Trwyn Ddu lighthouse which continues to keep watch on mariners to this day. The loss of the Rothesay Castle also saw the stationing of a lifeboat at Penmon, the remains of the lifeboat shed and slipway can still be seen.
Cruises can be booked at our kiosk next to Beaumaris pier, by phone on 01248 810379 or by following this link.