Tuesday marked National Dolphin Day and, as we all know, the waters off the Ceredigion coast are home to Europe’s largest population of bottle nose dolphins.
Even the BBC decided to take to the waters to see if they could spot one of the 250 dolphins that call this picturesque corner of Wales home…
To celebrate, here are our top five places to spot dolphins along the Ceredigion coast.
1. New Quay Harbour.
The harbour offers an excellent variety of spots along the waterfront and is very accessible. There are plenty of places to pick, whether it’s on the pier or on the end of the sea defences. Surrounded by the backdrop of the picturesque town, it’s a lovely little spot.
2. Mwnt Beach.
This is a small secluded National Trust beach and headland. Nearby is the small community and ancient parish of Mwnt. Hidden away along the coast, it’s a quiet little spot where people can see far out to sea and hopefully spot a dolphin or two.
3. Aberystwyth promenade and harbour.
Get up early in the morning and head to one of Wales’ most famous seafronts to enjoy the sunrise and an opportunity to spot some dolphins in the sea. Pods can regularly be spotted from most spots in the town. So we’d recommend a nice seafront hotel.
4. Along the coastal path walk.
A 9-mile walk from the legendary village of Llangrannog to New Quay is always a worthwhile thing to do. Along this walk you’ll get to see the sea from plenty of different viewing spots surrounded by some of the finest coastal scenery on the British isles.
5. Tresaith beach.
A small blue flagged beach, both sheltered and sandy. The Ship Inn is a lovely little place to stay nearby, and if you bring a pair of binoculars there’s a good chance you’ll spot a dolphin or two from the comfort of your room.
A Bay to Remember.
Alternatively, enjoy a boat trip with dolphin, seal and bird watching in an area that boasts the largest population of Bottlenose Dolphins in Europe. Harbour Porpoise, Grey Seals and a wide variety of birds can also be seen as you explore the amazing coastline of Cardigan Bay together. Tickets from £25 adult and £12 child. Trips depart all year round and last 1-2 hours.