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The Machynys peninsula lies south of the town of Llanelli, at the eastern end of Carmarthenshire. It is assumed that it was once an island, at least at high tide, “ynys” being the Welsh for island. It probaly sustained a small religious community. Until the middle of the nineteenth century there was a farm on Machynys, and not much else, but then came an explosion in industrial production in the Llanelli area. Amidst the factories, brickworks, and chemical plants of the Machynys peninsula two small industrial communities grew up. They remained in existence until their demolition around 1970.

It is now part of a redeveloped coastline with mix of houses, golfcourse, a wetland ecology centre, cycleway and two marinas occupying harbours that formerly served for importing tin ore and exporting coal and tinplate. From the cycle path on the Machynys peninsula there are good views over the mud flats of the Burry Inlet, which is internationally important for its bird life. The estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is within the Carmarthen Bay Special Area of Conservation.


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