Porth y Swnt, is a brand new visitor attraction at Aberdaron on the Llyn Peninsula. It is a wonderful place of learning, reflection and inspiration.
Owned by the National Trust it was opened in April this year and tells the story of the Llyn Peninsula by exploring and interpreting the landscape, history and legends of the area through the eyes of local artists and poets. The journey through the centre reflects the journey you will make and those made by thousands of people in the past along and around the peninsula.
The centre is divided into five sections The Deep, The Way, The Light, the Sound and The Fold.
The Deep tells the story of the area's connection with the sea which was an abiding aspect of life for the people both local and visiting and the wildlife in and around the bay and under the water too.
The Way tells of the rich geological and human changes in the land and how it was utilised by the people who lived and worked on it over many centuries and of the pilgrims who travelled down the peninsula to Bardsey Island.
The light and colour of the peninsula are reflected in the coloured glass. Pilgrims in the early days would have travelled to Bardsey Island guided by the stars. Later pilgrims and mariners have used the reassuring light from the lighthouse on Bardsey to guide them on their way.
In the sound you can create your own whirlpools and currents by placing your hands in the 'water'. I loved doing this although that is Paul's hand in the photo.
The Fold is a place to reflect after the end of your journey and to leave behind your thoughts on the visit and to decide where your next visit on the Peninsula will take you.