Row on the Menai Strait in a Celtic Longboat

Here’s an easy way to keep fit and have fun as well as getting out and about on the Menai Strait, one of Wales finest landscapes and marine settings.

Go rowing in a Celtic Longboat

Our Celtic Longboats are fibreglass replicas of the vessels formerly used up and down the coasts of Wales and Ireland. Each boat has a crew of four on the oars, with one person to each oar and a cox. There is also space for a passenger. The boats are based at Plas Menai and regular sessions take place three times a week. These sessions aim to incorporate social rowing as well as training.

Our rowers cover a wide age range from 16 to 80 and people from all backgrounds and origins are welcome. We row all year round, mainly on the Strait and, sometimes at night and sometimes (for the more courageous) in fairly bracing weather. We enjoy the recreational aspects (sightseeing, picnics on sandbanks, visits to pubs and restaurants) and appreciate the completeness of this sport where all muscles are exercised and there is a sense of rhythm and a strong team spirit. We contribute to and maintain the old traditions and aim to enlarge the big family of sea-rowers. In recent years the number of boats competing in events and races has almost doubled and the popularity of the sport has increased significantly.

As a team, we have competed in the Celtic Challenge – a 90 mile row across the Irish Sea, the Great River Race – 22 miles along the River Thames and in our own race the Castle to Castle – from Beaumaris to Caernarfon. We also take part in the Welsh Sea Rowing Association league races which are held all round the coast of Wales.

For further information, please contact

Bethan Hughes Jones, Rowing Secretary on 07745 136326 or email:

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