Swellies Adventure

Join us onboard our swift, stable RIB for a fun and exhilarating trip beneath two of Wales’ most iconic bridges and through the world famous Swellies. Perfect for those looking for an action-packed adventure who may be short on time.

Our Skipper will be your fun guide as you depart St George’s Pier and travel beneath Telford’s magnificent Menai suspension bridge and into the Swellies. As the arches soar above you, imagine yourself in times gone by, as crew on a tall ship, navigating the Swellies with its strong currents, tidal flows and whirlpools, with only sails and oars to keep you on course.

The tide flows in and out from both ends of the Menai Strait and it is in the Swellies, with its unique topography, where these tides are visibly at their most dramatic. As your Skipper safely navigates you through this amazing stretch of water you will discover not everybody has been quite so successful.

Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for a variety of aquatic birds, including oyster catchers, curlews and the majestic heron and discover the fascinating history of the house on the island, before heading beneath Britannia Bridge and out the other side. Did you pick out the stone lions guarding the entrance to Britannia Bridge?

Then get ready for the exhilarating journey back, as your Skipper opens up the throttle a little more, enjoying some twists and turns before arriving back at St George’s Pier.

A fantastic trip for all, that will leave you wanting more!

Practical Information

Your safety and enjoyment are our top priority, and we reserve the right to amend any tour at short notice in response to real time sea state and weather conditions. In this case your skipper has complete discretion to run a safe and enjoyable alternative RIB tour, based on the duration of the tour booked.

Prior to boarding, you will be kitted out with life jackets and given a short safety briefing.

Please ensure you check-in in plenty of time and arrive promptly at the Pier. RIBS must depart on time.

No refunds are offered for no shows, latecomers or tours we cannot complete as advertised.

Our RIBS take a maximum of 11 passengers.

We love our furry friends but unfortunately, we cannot take dogs onboard for safety reasons.

All tours are round trips and you will stay onboard for the duration of the trip. Please make sure you have used the RibRide facilities prior to joining us.


Our RIBs are open to the elements and we go out in most weathers including the rain, so please dress appropriately for the weather and season. It is always cooler on the water.

The aim is not to get you wet, however we cannot guarantee this, so please make sure you have a waterproof layer, as it can get a bit splashy in certain conditions. Sensible shoes, no heels! In the colder months, hats and gloves are essential. Sunglasses are also a good idea.

Life jackets are mandatory and are provided by RibRide.

Is it suitable for me?

If you are pregnant we generally advise against participating, as tours 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 as a private event so we can tailor the trip to better suit your situation and the weather conditions on the day.

During the tour you will be required to hold on at all times. If you have any concerns regarding to your suitability to participate, please read our access statement for more information or call the office on 0333 1234 303 to discuss your needs.

The minimum age for our Adventure RIBS is 4yrs.