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Wales’ Most Southerly Pub

The saying goes at the end of the evening of socialising is to have one for the road.  That might be a bit difficult at Wales' most southerly pub, as there aren't many roads around.

In fact the only way of reaching the Gull and Leek is by boat.

The pub is situated on the island of Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel a few miles of the coast of Cardiff.  The pub opened a couple of weeks ago and is already proving popular with visitors to the island with its choice of local beers and wines.

Flat Holm has quite a mixed history.  It has been a retreat for monks, vikings, smugglers and even cholera victims and was also a fortified look out post during the second world war.  It was also the first place to ever receive a radio message across water, sent by the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi from Lavernock Point in 1897.

The island these days is an important nature reserve which has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  There are regular visits to Flat Holm which allows you to explore the island at your own pace or to join one of the occasional guided tours.  The island's very own boat departs from the Cardiff Bay barrage between March and October.

See their website for more information