Porth y Swnt, an essence of Llyn
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A new light began to shine over the Llyn Peninsula on Saturday 29 March when more than 250 people from across Llyn in North-West Wales gathered at the unveiling of Porth y Swnt, our new Coastal Tourism Centre of Excellence.
Situated on the edge of Wales in the postcard fishing village of Aberdaron, Porth y Swnt is a gateway to discover Llyn, 30 miles of dramatic, windswept and inspiring peninsula extending into the Irish Sea.
The centre is part funded via the Coastal Tourism Project led by Visit Wales, the tourism department within the Welsh Government, and supported through the European Regional Development Fund.
Local school student Elliw Jones Evans officially opened the doors at the ceremony. Elliw won a competition last year to name the centre and was given a sneak preview of Porth y Swnt with her family at the opening.
The name Porth y Swnt translates as gateway to the sound, which describes the centre as a doorway to discovering and exploring the surrounding area. The aim is to encourage people to see Llyn in a new light through the ground-breaking interpretation which encourages people to rediscover the vast beauty of the Llyn Peninsula .
The centre takes you on a journey through the ‘The Deep’, a dark, atmospheric sea where elements of the farmer, fisherman and pilgrim are represented by carved figures; to ‘The Way’, where man’s interaction with the land comes alive in rich tapestry, to ‘The Light’ which represents Llyn’s rich history as viewed through telescopes.
The artefacts, artwork and poetry have all been inspired by the local area and community.
Trystan Edwards, National Trust General Manager for Snowdonia and Llyn, said: ‘The local community has been integral to the centre and we are committed to making this a place that supports local people and the local economy.’
Andy Godber our Llyn Operations Manager, said: ‘Visitors now have a new resource to inspire them to explore the wider Llyn Peninsula’s truly traditional Welsh way of life – especially as Porth y Swnt is open all year round from 9am to 5pm.’