Yesterday saw the annual ETL Solutions summer outing, which this year took the form of a trip to Ynys Enlli, otherwise known as Bardsey Island. Reachable only by boat, Ynys Enlli is a secluded island at the far western tip of north Wales. Known as the island of 12,000 saints, Ynys Enlli has been a place of pilgrimage and tranquility for centuries.

Our day started at Porth Meudwy outside Aberdaron, where Colin collected us in his boat. He runs trips daily to the island. We soon left the mainland behind us:


For some of the team, the first stop after disembarkation was the island’s small cafe, where you share your table with the island’s herd of goats:



And the Ynys Enlli dog:


Then we all climbed the island’s mountain, which was hot work but provided wonderful views from the top towards the mainland and Snowdonia:


And of the rest of the island towards the lighthouse:


After a picnic lunch at the top of the mountain, we walked the perimeter of the island to get a closer look at the lighthouse:


And the remains of the 12th century abbey:


We also found a cove where basking seals were enjoying the fine weather:



Our final stop was the far western tip of the island, where here you can see three of our consultants and our development director pausing to enjoy the view:


Then it was time to bid farewell to Ynys Enlli, via a smaller island where puffins bobbed in the water:


Then we headed back to the mainland after a day of sunshine:


See last year’s trip up Snowdon here.