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Scott's Bay

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Scott's Bay

Scott's Bay is a small bay half a mile south of Llanstephan. Free car parking is available at Llanstephan and access to Scott's Bay is either by walking the coast path or tide permitting, along the beach. The coastal path has several benches and a picnic table overlooking the bay. Dogs are allowed at all times.

The beach is mostly sand backed by low cliffs of red sandstone and siltstone. It is quite sheltered and good for sunbathing. At low tide sandbars extend for over a mile out into Carmarthen Bay. Signs warn that swimming is dangerous at low tide. There are no facilities apart from an emergency telephone at the back of the beach. To the south-west is Wharley Point, where the shore becomes rockier with patches of mud and a few caves. This area is very quiet and surprisingly sheltered, and south sloping rocks provide places to sunbathe with views towards the Gower and Laugharne.

About 90 yards behind the beach is St Anthony's Well - a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of years, hidden away in a tiny courtyard. It is often adorned with shells and flowers and its waters are reputed to have healing properties. A plaque on the wall gives an insight into its history. To find it, follow the wide path heading inland and look for a door in the wall on the left.

The coast path westwards from Scott's Bay climbs steadily around the wooded hillside to emerge above Wharley point, where there are extensive views over Carmarthen Bay. Benches here provide a good place for watching the setting sun.

Shoreline at Wharley PointShoreline at Wharley Point
Shoreline at Wharley Point
Shoreline at Wharley Point
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