Located on the South Gower coast, this picturesque sandy cove with rocks and pebbles was once used for smuggling, hence the name ‘Brandy Cove’. It is a fairly small beach and much less accessible than Caswell Bay immediately to the east. The sandy stretches of Brancy Cove are only exposed at low tide and the beach is popular for Bass fishing. There is no lifeguard on Brandy Cove and no public phone.
It is set at the end of a valley from Bishopston village and can be reached by footpath from Bishopston (20 minutes walk) or from Caswell Bay over some steep cliffs. The bay gets its name from stories of smugglers using the bay to unload their illegal tobacco and alcohol goods during the eighteenth century.
The beach has a couple of legends of the supernatural associated with it. One is about a witch who lived in the caves near the beach. The other story is connected to a chilling real life murder that took place near the beach in 1919. Nearby villagers claimed that they could hear screams coming from the caves near the beach at night.
Postcode: SA3 3DT.
Accessible by Bus: Yes, some distance away (approx. 400m). The distance between stop and beach may include difficult or rough terrain.
Accessible by Car: Long walk from point where you can leave a car
Accessible by Foot
Dog Ban: Access affected by seasonal dog ban at Caswell Bay