Castle and Islands

Our skippers are your fast and fun guides to the beauty of the seascape and history of the area.

What to expect

After checking in at the RibRide office and making your way to St George’s Pier you will be met by your Skipper and given a short safety briefing. Life jackets will be fitted before you head down onto the pontoon and aboard your RIB. As you settle into your seat, remember to hold on tight as you head out under Telford’s historic bridge into the world famous Swellies with its rocks, whirlpools and shipwrecks.

We then continue under Britannia Bridge, spotting lions and saluting a naval hero on the way past before making our way to Plas Newydd and learning about the Marquis of Anglesey.

Continuing along the Strait you will pass by the historic village of Felinheli and Moel Y Don and as the Strait opens up so do the throttles, as we run past the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and along the huge sandbanks at Foel which funnel us towards the town of Caernarfon with its imposing medieval Castle.

Then it is onwards to Abermenai Point and Fort Belan, standing guard at the south western approach to the Menai Strait. From here its open sea as we cross Caernarfon Bar, before bearing right past the beautiful and ever shifting sand dunes of Newborough Warren. As we arrive at Pilots Cove, Llanddwyn Island, there is time to catch our breath and learn about St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of friendship and love, who founded a convent on the island in the fifth century. Then it is time to head back and keep an eye out for anything you may have missed on the way out. A truly spectacular journey. If you are very lucky and the sea is calm enough you might see a Dolphin or Harbour Porpoise.

Please note: In some wind and tide conditions the ride out to Llanddwyn can be a little 'spirited', and it is possible you may get a bit wet as the boat leaps over the outgoing tide battling a south westerly breeze. Very occasionally, in adverse weather conditions, it may not be possible to get all the way out to Llanddywn Island. In this case, all our Skippers have complete discretion to amend the trip to ensure they provide both a safe and highly enjoyable experience for you.

Good to know

We aim to keep you dry but this is a boat trip and in some conditions you may get a bit wet so please wear appropriate clothing for both the RibRide and the weather!

It is always cooler on the water so we recommend lots of layers including a waterproof layer and sensible shoes. In the colder months, hats, gloves and scarves are strongly advised. Sunglasses or other eye protection are also a good idea.

RibRide is happy to welcome customers of any ability, however RIB tours are a physical activity. If you have medical concerns, please contact our office for advice and guidance.

Life jackets are mandatory and provided by RibRide.

If you are pregnant, we generally advise against participating on a RibRide, as trips can be a bit bumpy in certain conditions. If you do want to go out, we would ask that you consult with your doctor or midwife beforehand and consider booking this trip as a private event so we can tailor the trip to better suit your situation and the weather conditions on the day.

Our Adventure RIBS hold a maximum of 11 passengers.

We love our furry friends but sadly no dogs are allowed on our trips.

Covid 19

Currently we are only able to operate this trip as whole boat (private event) booking. This means it will only be your group on the RIB. In order to maintain social distancing between your group and our Skipper, the maximum we can take onboard is 8, but within that the maximum number of adults is 6. Whilst we have to operate under Covid-19 protocols, everybody aged 12yrs and above is classed as an adult.

As a consequence we have had to implement a temporary alternative peak and off peak pricing structure as laid out below.

Peak (1-3 May, 29 May-6 June, 17 July-31 August 2021)

  • A single price for up to 6 people - £350
  • 7-8 people - £375

Off-Peak (all other times)

  • 1-2 people £275
  • 3 people £300
  • 4 people £325
  • 5 people £350
  • 6 people £375
  • 7 people £400
  • 8 people £425

As soon as we are allowed to mix individuals on the RIBS we will revert to our per person pricing.