New Quay Cottages
A small coastal town on Cardigan Bay with a picturesque fishing harbour and a population of around 1,200, it has a sandy beach and a major centre for marine life especially dolphins and seals.
The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is based in New Quay - a public information, education and research centre dedicated to raising awareness of the marine environment. It offers interpretive displays on a wide variety of marine wildlife with research focused on the bottlenose dolphins of the Bay; the Centre works in collaboration with 'Dolphin Survey Boat Trips' and visitors can join one of the research assistants that go on every trip.
There are also companies offering Boat Trips out of New Quay such as 'A Bay to Remember' with fully guided marine tours suitable for all ages and abilities using a modern purpose built vessel with the latest environmentally friendly engines and equipment, including underwater hydrophones to allow visitors to listen in on our underwater world. SeaMor is a small company run by an experienced skipper and marine biologist and a marine mammal expert with boat trips, private boat charter and scuba diving from both New Quay and Aberaeron.
New Quay Boat Trips offer a one hour cruise south to Cwmtudu for seals, bird colonies and the chance of seeing some of the many bottle nosed dolphins and porpoise. The two hour cruise ventures further down the coast to the little bay of Ynys Lochtyn, approximately half way along the Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast, where visitors are likely to see chough, gannets, shearwaters, oystercatchers, puffins, cormorants and shags.
The town is the base for the Cardigan Bay Watersports & Sea School that offers dinghy sailing, yacht cruises, power boating, windsurfing and kayaking with both short sessions and longer courses suitable for all levels and abilities. The area has substantial connections with Dylan Thomas, Wales's most famous English language poet and there is a Dylan Thomas trail one can follow around New Quay.
The film depicting his life, "Edge of Love" that starred Matthew Rhys, Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller was filmed in and around New Quay. A few miles out of the town near Cross Inn is the New Quay Honey Farm which has a shop with an extensive range from the farm's hives, a tea room (try the award winning honey Bara Brith) and a live bee exhibition. The honey produced in this area is of a very high quality due to the abundance of wild flowers and trees.
The Honey Farm also has a meadery which produces some delicious honey wines. Just to the east of New Quay is the Llain Activity Centre; facilities include a 300m adventure course, the Sky Tower with a high ropes course, a 70m zip wire and extreme climbing, orienteering, climbing and abseiling, raft building and archery.
The centre is on the coast and water based activities are also available with kayaking, canoeing and sailing.