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View of the sea from a house in Tresaith.

Tresaith (otherwise Tre-saith) is a coastal village in the Welsh county of Ceredigion.

Tresaith is between Aberporth and Llangranog; it is linked to the former by a two-mile coastal path. Situated in West Wales, Tresaith is part of the Ceredigion Heritage Coastline which – although not as well known as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – offers similar walking and views. There is an abundance of wildlife and flora. Many kinds of seabirds can be spotted and regular sightings of grey seals and dolphins are made.


Legend relates that a certain king of Ireland had seven troublesome daughters. Failing to exercise control over the princesses he finally lost his patience and told his servants to put his daughters on an open boat and cast them adrift. The Irish Sea currents took the craft towards the coast of Ceredigion where it beached. The seven princesses landed safely, fell in love with the sons of seven local Welsh families, married and settled down. This is why the settlement is called Tresaith (Welsh language the Town of Seven).[1]

The village is of recent origin. Until the mid 19th century it consisted of two dwellings, a thatched cottage and the Ship Inn. The Parry family who ran the inn were shipowners and their first vessel, the New Hope, was built at on the beach at Tresaith in 1827. Later, several smacks of about 25 tons operated from here, bringing in coal, limestone and culm. In the last few decades of the 19th century the village became popular as a seaside holiday destination and contemporary newspapers referred to it as the Second Brighton.[2]

Local Activities and Attractions[edit]

The Waterfall

Tresaith has a sandy beach. Lifeguards are normally on duty at peak seasons and the beach was awarded a European Blue Flag in 2012 along with a Seaside Award.[3]

Cardigan Bay is most famous for its resident bottle-nosed dolphin population. Dolphins can be sighted most days of the summer from the beach at Tresaith.

There is an active sailing club in Tresaith, the "Tresaith Mariners" with a mixed fleet of dinghies and catamarans. Visiting sailors are welcome to join in. Racing takes place on most Sundays throughout the season, with a safety boat on hand. Tresaith is a popular location for surfing too. In the right conditions, sets can reach 2 metres in height. Winter time provides best conditions for enthusiastic surfers. There is a surf shop close at hand to cater for all equipment needs or post-surf refreshment.

The 'Ship Inn' overlooking the beach offers food and accommodation, and is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists alike.

A waterfall, where the River Saith cascades over the cliffs into the sea, is a feature of the village; one of its tributary streams, Ceilliau Brook, is mentioned briefly in the Mabinogion, where Prince Ifor takes a drink from a gaily flowing spring.


  1. ^ Ceredigion Tourism
  2. ^ Jenkins, J. Geraint. Ceredigion: Interpreting an Ancient County. Gwasg Careg Gwalch (2005) pg. 53.
  3. ^ Ceredigion Tourism

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Coordinates: 52°08′03″N 4°30′52″W / 52.13406°N 4.51450°W / 52.13406; -4.51450