THE first accommodation in Wales for outdoor activities made entirely from refashioned shipping containers has been opened at Cwymtydu.

Ceredigion MP Ben Lake was invited to officially open the new venture at Ty Cwch, the brainchild of Nigel Humphrey.

Dressed in local Welsh larch, the six shipping containers make a spacious dwelling with three bedrooms and three living areas providing kitchen and entertainment facilities.

The white walled interiors are fully- heated and light permeates into the bedrooms through oversized portholes.

The living areas below open out onto a wide sheltered decking area which open out further as the doors of the enclosure swivel out to reveal the coastal valley setting of Cwmtydu, between LLangrannog and New Quay.

As a final nod to the sea, the decking area is covered by three large retractable sails.

Crafted by local people the scheme ty Cwch has many leading sustainability features. The containers themselves remain cool in the summer and retain heat in the winter. Heating for showers is provided by an air heat source.

Mr Lake said: “I am delighted that Ceredigion has been able to produce this innovation for tourism in Wales. It will give more access to our spectacular coastline and our growing outdoor activity business.”

Ty Cwch and Cwmtydu has recently been chosen as a stopover for the Rambler’s 2019 coastal path festival and is popular with those doing extreme sports along this part of the Welsh coastal path.

“Outdoor activities are becoming an increasingly popular part of the £1/2 billion pound tourist industry and Ceredigion has an abundance of choice,” said designer Mr Humphrey.

“Facilities of this kind I hope will make them more accessible and provide an ideal base. We are looking to appeal to those who want to enjoy outdoor pursuits in the superb setting of Cardigan Bay.

“The shipping containers fit in beautifully to make the best use of the money and space we had available.”

Ty Cwch opens as Visit Wales gear up for its 2019 Year of Discovery with local outdoor activities instructors offering tailored discovery courses in the spring.

Ty Cwch has a Visit Wales quality assured glamping accreditation and Nigel added: “I am very grateful to the fantastic support I have had from Visit Wales, the local tourism office and local people in the development of this scheme.”