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 depart and the speed picks up.

During this journey you will travel nearly two thirds the length of the Menai Strait, with plenty to see and discover. The area is rich in culture, history, legend and wildlife and your skipper will be your fun guide to it all. But rest assured, this is no gentle cruise. Our Adventure RIBs can reach speeds of up to 45knots, so be prepared for lots of high speed thrills along the way.

You will pass through the infamous Swellies, with its rocks, whirlpools and shipwrecks, pass beneath the two majestic bridges connecting Anglesey to mainland Wales, and then on to see Lord Nelson and Plas Newydd. You’ll fly by the historic village of Felinheli, the National Outdoor Centre for Wales and on towards the town of Caernarfon with its imposing medieval Castle. Fort Belan stands at the western approach to the Menai Strait and once over Caernarfon bar, you will bear right the beautiful sand dunes of Newborough Warren before arriving at Pilots Cove, LLanddwyn Island. It is here in the fifth century that St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of friendship and love, founded a convent on the island. A truly spectacular journey. Then it is time to head back and keep an eye out for anything you may have missed on the way out.

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.

Please note: 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.

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 6. 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

Off-Peak (all other times)

  • 1-2 people £275
  • 3 people £300
  • 4 people £325
  • 5 people £350
  • 6 people £375

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