Port Eynon is the name of a village and a community in the city and county of Swansea, south Wales. The village is located in a remote south western corner of the Gower Peninsula which is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
Port Eynon Bay
Port Eynon Bay is a very popular beach resort beside the village of Port Eynon. Port Eynon Point, to the south west of the bay, is the most southerly point of the Gower Peninsula. The bay is also in the area of outstanding natural beauty.
Port Eynon Village
The village itslef is fairly small and extends from the beach to the top of the hill. Port Eynon village has two fish and chip shops at the sea front, a Youth Hostel, a pub, a coffee shop and a restaurant.
A neighbouring village, Overton, is to the West/North West of Port Eynon and footpaths from Overton lead to Overton Mere, a stony and rocky beach. Also, the village of Horton is at the east end of the Main Beach, approximately half a mile from Port Eynon.
Port Eynon is thought to be named after an Eleventh Century Welsh Prince named Eynon. Eynon is a surname in Wales and the church graveyard in the village shows gravestones with this surname. It is believed that the Prince built Port Eynon castle which no longer exists.
Smuggling is thought to have been a common engagement of the local residents in the 17th to 19th Centuries.
A derelict "salt house" used for extracting salt from sea water is located a quarter of a mile from the village, just off Port Eynon Point.
In the second half of the 18th Century, through to 1919, a lifeboat was operated from Port Eynon. On several occasions, the lives of lifeboatmen were lost. On the 1st January 1916 the lives of three young men were lost in the Port Eynon Lifeboat Disaster when the lifeboat went to the assistance of SS Dunvegan which was shipwrecked off Oxwich point. A memorial to these men exists in the village churchyard. Copies of news articles on the Disaster can be seen on the wall of the local fish and chip shop in Port Eynon - The Captain`s Table.
Overview for Visitors
- The villages of Port Eynon and Horton have numerous camp sites.
- Footpaths exist for walking to Rhossili in the west and Oxwich towards the east.
- Children often use the rock pools at Port Eynon point for crab fishing etc.
- The Gower Holiday Village is a few miles inland from Port Eynon and offers indoor facilities such as Swimming and Sauna.
- Windsurfers and Kite Surfers use the east end of the beach at Horton as a launch point. In rough southwest to westerly conditions, expert Windsurfers sail out to Port Eynon Point where excellent wave sailing can be found. Near high tide the wave breaks can make launching difficult. Surfers also use the beach near high tide for the same reason, but the quality of surf is not as good as can be found a Llangennith.
Youth Hostel: Gower Bunkhouse
Youth Hostel: Port Eynon
The Ship Inn
Carreglwyd Camping & Caravan Park
Gower Holiday Village
Nr Port Eynon
Newpark Holiday Park