Take a trip from Ferryside to Carmarthen Quay

A unique opportunity to travel up the River Towy

Join as we travel upstream from Ferryside (departing 17:30, 31Agusut 2023) to Carmarthen Quay along the beautiful River Towy.  The Towy is the longest river to flow entirely within Wales from its source in the Cambrian mountains, it runs 75miles (120km) before reaching the sea.

Spaces are limited and the trip is one-way only, (train from Carmarthen to Ferryside due at 18:50 to allow for your easy return*).

Book here!

* (train price not included)

Did you know?

In 1546, King Henry VIII granted the Town Mayor of Carmarthen the title of Admiral of the Port by way of a Royal Charter, from Carmarthen Bridge down to the bar at the mouth of the estuary.

Long before the railway arrived in Carmarthen, the River Towy was an important route from the town out to the Bristol Channel and Carmarthen was a very busy port where cargo ships would moor at the quay to load or unload their cargo.

During this time, the Mayor would be responsible for travelling down the river and inspecting the bar on Admiral’s Court day, they would hold a Court of Admiralty in order to establish how navigable the river is.

This tradition still continues annually to this day and is supported by River Towy Yacht Club (RTYC) based in Ferryside, on behalf of RTYC we are thrilled to be transporting the Mayor to inspect the bar for the second year in a row.

Exploring the rivers | Part 1 | Llyn Brianne

Here at Carmarthen Bay Ferries, we acknowledge and celebrate the diverse nature of our environment.
This is not only your Carmarthen Bay, but further afield too, the river matters, a great deal.
As you know, Carmarthen Bay is the confluence of three rivers, the Towy, Gwendraeth and Taf.
The Towy is the longest river to run in its entirety within the country of Wales (75 miles/120 km) and is magnificent and more vital to us all than you may’ve even considered.
Here, one of our directors (Andrew) took a walk around the area of Llyn Brianne Dam and Reservoir located within the headwaters of the River Towy and wow, what a place.
Here is a collection of photos, which hardly do the location justice and a little further North of the dam, is Capel Soar y Mynydd, one of the most remote, if not the remotest Chapel in Wales.
Not a single oncoming car in over 6 hours. Welcome to Wales! Croeso i gymru!
Check back soon, as we take further walks along this valley and associated rivers.
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Sunday 29 January 2023
We will be repeating training this Sunday with the lifeboat crew.
At Carmarthen Bay Ferries, we are committed to the safety of all on, or near the water.
Some of you may recall last year seeing us on the water being towed by the lifeboat? This was a training exercise arranged in advance and provided both our and the lifeboat crews valuable practice.
Nobody ever wants to have to call upon a lifeboat, but it is training like this which allows the crew to be best equipped to help those in need, at short notice and oftentimes in poor weather and sea conditions!
We look forward to welcoming passengers back on Glansteffan from 31 March.
For more information about the Ferryside Inshore Lifeboat and to support their worthwhile cause, visit their website or Facebook (Links below).

Yuletide & Calennig Services

We had great plans over the Christmas and New Year period offering Yuletide and Calennig Trips, combined with our popular inter-village ferry services.

We had hoped to unite the communities we serve during this time of year, however, the weather had other ideas!

As a consequence of the poor forecast during the last two days, we did not sail, and the forecast for the coming days is not much better.

The directors of Carmarthen Bay Ferries have therefore taken the difficult decision not to operate for the remainder of this week, (up to and including 1 January 2023).

We are of course keeping an eye on the forecast and will publish an update on 31 Dec/1 Jan.


The world’s most spectacular ferry crossings

INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER Wednesday 17 August 2022 11:49

Hopping from destination to destination with a view of the ocean and the sea breeze in your hair is always a thrill. But these routes are lovelier than the rest, says Tamara Hinson

Increasingly crowded skies, growing piles of lost luggage at airports and snaking security queues are just some of the reasons to embrace slow travel. And there’s nothing better than arriving at your destination by sea.

Ferries are quickly becoming the preferred mode of transport for travellers who don’t mind taking their time: they’re direct, scenic and spacious to move around on, if not necessarily the fastest mode of transport.

Not convinced? Take a look at – and ideally a seat on – one of the following fantastic ferry journeys, getting you there with maximum views and a bracing sea breeze.

British Virgin Islands

It’s a myth that you need a superyacht or helicopter to make the most of the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands. Our favourite ferry route is the one that connects Virgin Gorda (the third-largest island) with Beef Island, which is then connected to Tortola (the largest) by road bridge. The islands’ ferries are great for people-watching – locals rely on these pet-friendly boats to get themselves and their belongings around, which explains why the ticket information lists the costs not just for people, but for added extras such as televisions, microwaves and bicycles. bviferries.com

 Daintree Ferry, Australia

The Daintree Ferry crosses the Daintree River, connecting the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation with the rest of Far North Queensland. Passengers on these spectacular river crossings, which take 15 minutes, get to soak up lush views of the world’s oldest rainforest, along with views of the Cape Tribulation headland – the only spot in the world where two Unesco world heritage sites (the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef) meet. A fun fact? The ferry moves along an underwater steel cable, and a hydraulic winch drags the boat between the riverbanks. daintreeferry.com.au

Fair Ferry

Heading to Rotterdam? We suggest swapping the stresses of airports for something more sedate – a 36-hour ferry London-Rotterdam crossing on a historic ship. Fair Ferry’s fleet includes a fishing vessel, freighter and a whaler. Our favourite is the Jantje, a sailing ship built in 1930. The ship and her six double cabins were recently given a spectacular makeover, although we suggest bagging one of the supersized beanbags on the top deck for the most scenic bits of the journey. Got a head for heights? Crew members will happily show you how to climb the mast. Keep an eye out for new routes, too – Fair Ferry recently announced plans to connect Rotterdam with South America. fairferry.com

Herjolfur, Iceland

It takes 20 minutes to fly from Reykjavik to the Icelandic island of Heimaey, but don’t expect to see much – the island’s often shrouded in cloud, and its puffin-dotted coastline is hard to appreciate from the air. Opt for the ferry, however, and it’s a different story. You’ll not only enjoy stunning views of Heimaey’s rugged coastline, shaped by millions of years of volcanic activity, but of nearby Ellioaey (a ribbon of rock that rises out of the ocean and has a single tiny white cottage), the sea caves peppering Heimaey’s coastline and the harbour, which almost ceased to exist in 1973 following the explosion of the Eldfell volcano. The molten lava that flowed towards the sea didn’t just reshape the harbour but came close to cutting it off until firefighters stopped its progress by pumping seawater into the lava flow.  herjolfur.is

Carmarthen Bay Ferries, Wales

For something closer to home, hop on one of Carmarthen Bay Ferries’ services. The fleet consists of a single boat, Glansteffan, which is the result of a collaboration between a Dutch designer, a Welsh boatbuilder and Sealegs, a New Zealand company that makes amphibious boats able to drive onto dry land from the water. The 10-passenger ferry connects Ferryside with Llansteffan, a route that comes with a backdrop of castle-topped Llansteffan, the Three Rivers estuary  and Carmarthen Bay. carmarthenbayferries.co.uk

Suruga Bay, Japan

It’s hard to beat Mount Fuji as a backdrop, and this is precisely what you’ll get to clap your eyes on during ferry trips across Suruga Bay. The ferries connect Shimizu Port in Shizuoka City with Toi Port in Izu City, and as much as we love both these destinations, it’s the landscape in between that takes a starring role. It’s not just about Mount Fuji, passengers also get uninterrupted views of the Miho no Matsubara scenic area, famous for its seven-kilometre pine tree-lined seashore. 223-ferry.or.jp

Stromma, Sweden

Stromma’s ferries cover a huge area, more specifically the 30,000 islands on the Stockholm archipelago. They don’t simply connect the islands, either – Stromma offers everything from dinner cruises and themed sailings (we recommend the one that sails under 12 of Stockholm’s oldest bridges) to excursions to historic sites such as the Vaxholm Fortress, a 16th-century waterfront castle. stromma.com

SeaLink NT, Australia

We’ve all heard of Darwin and the Northern Territory, but how about the Tiwi Islands, Groote Eylandt and Numbulwar? The SeaLink NT ferries put these fabulous destinations within easy reach of Darwin, although Sealink NT also offers a number of sightseeing excursions, many of which provide an insight into lesser-known destinations, such as Bathurst Island, where passengers get to meet members of the local Wurrumiyanga community – traditional landowners and accomplished artists. sealinknt.com.au

BC Ferries, Canada

BC Ferries are lean, green speed machines that connect British Columbia’s coastal communities. The fleet of ferries (including five hybrid boats, the most recent of which launched in 2022) sails through some of Canada’s most spectacular landscapes, ranging from the Inside Passage, which connects Vancouver Island’s Port Hardy to Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia, to the Port Hardy to Bella Coola route, during which you’ll travel through glacial fjords and ancient rainforests on BC Ferries’ Northern Sea Wolf. This particular boat is named after the creature believed to be a manifestation of the orca, a symbol of family and loyalty by the First Nations. Suddenly Red Funnel’s Red Eagle ferry looks rather plain. bcferries.com