The Llŷn Peninsula, where the Welsh language and way of life still flourish, is renowned for its beautiful beaches and water sport. This coastal gem in North Wales includes Abersoch, Aberdaron, Pwllheli and many other beautiful locations and is also a protected ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.
Abersoch - The Welsh Riviera
People have been coming on holiday to Abersoch for over a century to explore the Lleyn (Llŷn) peninsula, its magical folklore, outstanding coastal footpaths, beautiful beaches and today the home for major sailing and wakeboarding events, including the popular Wakestock Festival in July. The village itself, although small, is well supplied with numerous good cafes, restaurants and shops.
Aberdaron – the Land’s End of Wales
Aberdaron is a compact and stunningly beautiful seaside village, situated on the very tip of the Llŷn Peninsula, North West Wales. Aberdaron, sometimes referred to as “The Land’s End of Wales” is an ideal location to explore the Llŷn Peninsula with its network of footpaths and coastal walks and fine sandy beaches and coves.
Virtually unchanged by the passage of time Aberdaron is quintessentially Welsh, where one of Europe's oldest languages is an integral part of the community. A 17th Century stone bridge acts as a river crossing, and the whitewashed fishermen's cottages along the strand are a reminder of the village's historical dependence on the sea.
Pwllheli is the main market town for the area and the Marina has made it an excellent center for yachting and water sports. The resorts of Cricieth and Porthmadog are also nearby, as well as numerous historic and scenic attractions such as the Snowdonia National Park , Ffestiniog Railway, castles and the Italian village of Portmeirion
There is an abundance of beautiful beaches including Abersoch & Aberdaron (above) and Nefyn. South facing Porth Ceiriad is sheltered by high cliffs and interesting rock formations while easterly winds can be avoided at Porthoer with its "Whistling Sands" and rocky pools.
Porth Neigwl (Hell's Mouth) has a three mile beach which is popular with walkers and surfers, as well as sun bathers.
Things to see in Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales
- Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) - The ultimate retreat! Daily trips or longer breaks on the island where 20,000 saints are said to be buried.
- St. Tudwal’s Islands, Half Tide Rocks or Bardsey Island have their large colony of seals which is well worth a visit on one of the pleasure boats which take people out.
- Arts - Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is a magnificent Victorian Gothic Manor with galleries, beautiful gardens and a tea room with views of the sea.
- Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog Harbour Station, this railway climbs through the Snowdonia National Park to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
- Glasfryn Parc - Go karting, quad bike safari, ten-pin bowling, fishing, archery, indoor play area, party room, soft play centre, farm shop.
- Greenwood Forest Park - There's a day packed with fun and adventure for you and all your family at GreenWood Forest Park.
- Welsh Highland Railway - Take a trip from Caernarfon through the Snowdonia National Park to Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Pass
- Llangain – A picturesque village with a 6th Century Church.
Activities on the Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales
- Llŷn Adventure - Fun, challenging and rewarding activities around the peninsula. Based near Abersoch.
- Fun Activities at Glasfryn Parc includes Go karting, quad bike safari, ten-pin bowling, fishing, archery, indoor play area, party room, soft play centre, farm shop.
- Bardsey Boat Trips - Boat trips from Porth Meudwy near Aberdaron to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island, a former site of religious pilgrimage) and around the tip of Lleyn.
- Enlli Charters - Trips to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) and around other islands off the coast. Trips from Pwllheli or Porth Meudwy.
- Sea Fishing 4 U with Enlli Charters - Enjoy the fun and excitement of sea fishing off the coast of North Wales in the spectacular waters of Cardigan Bay.
- Shearwater - Scenic coastal cruises from Pwllheli around the stunning coast of the Llŷn Peninsula to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island).
- Cycling - Cycle hire at Llŷn Cycle Hire allows you to enjoy the freedom and tranquillity of Llŷn Peninsula, with information on routes also available.
- Golf courses are found at Abersoch as well as Pwllheli, Nefyn and Porthmadog.
- Leisure centre at Pwllheli.
- Pony trekking and riding near Abersoch.
- Shooting and archery at Greenwood Forest Park
- When you follow the Llŷn Coastal Path you will enjoy the splendour of the local landscape. You will come across small coves and wide expanses of sand, rugged cliffs, small harbours and wild heath land.
- Edge of Wales Walk - Walking holidays along the coast of the peninsula, following the pilgrims trail to Bardsey Island. Also offer cycle hire.
- Llŷn Walking Holidays - Walking holidays across the peninsula, different holiday packages available, or make your own! Also offer cycle hire.
- For the more serious walker, the Snowdonia National Park is only 13 miles from Pwllheli.
- Abersoch district also offers facilities for all forms of water sports, including Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Sailing, Powerboating and windsurfing.
- Surfers are particularly fond of Porth Neigwl (Hell's Mouth), Porth Ceiriad and Porth Oer beaches that are exposed to regular Atlantic swells.
- Powerboat courses with 1st Wave Powerboat Training, tailored for total novices to advanced and commercial levels.
- Surf and wakeboarding academy with Offaxis plus Watersports shop in Abersoch - also shop online.
- Fishing in Llŷn Peninsula, including Sea fishing trips.