10 of our favourite places to visit on the Llyn Peninsula
This week Jen shares some of our favourite places to visit whilst exploring the Llyn!
1. Ty Coch
We couldn’t focus on the Llyn Peninsula and not mention the Ty Coch! It’s a pub on the beach (literally) in the village of Porthdinllaen. It was famously voted as one of the top 10 beach bars in the whole world, so most certainly worth a visit! Adding to its allure is that you are unable (unless you are a resident of the village that is) to reach the pub by car; you must choose a route across the golf course or along the coast (note this route can become restricted during high tides). It’s a beautiful bay and can’t be beaten when the sun is shining and you’re sat, toes in sand, drink in hand, enjoying the view!
2. Nant Gwrtheyrn
Nant Gwrtheyrn also known as "the forgotten village" is a wonderful place and a little piece of history. You’re able to learn more about the heritage of the area and the quarrymen who populated it in times gone by. Not to worry if history isn’t your cup of tea as the views alone are worth the trip and there are plenty of paths and trails to explore - why not walk down to the beach or explore the surrounding hills? With a cafe for refreshments which makes the most of the view with an elevated deck, it’s a brilliant spot to soak up the surrounding scenery! It’s also home to one of the Legends of Wales, Rhys & Meinir. I won’t ruin the tale - you’ll have to visit to find out more about their heart-wrenching tale.
3. Tre'r Ceiri
Tre'r Ceiri which is translated to mean "Town of the Giants" is an Iron Age Hillfort thought to date back to around 300 BC. The fort is impressive for three main reasons; it is in relative terms rather well preserved, meaning it is not just a pile of old rubble! Secondly its position on the slopes of Yr Eifl, or the Rivals as it’s sometimes referred, mean it can be happened upon during many walks and lastly but probably most important, the views are some of the best in the area!
4. Porth Iago
Porth Iago is a small beach near to the more famous Whistling Sands (Porthor) and not far from Aberdaron. It is a beautiful cove between two small headlands and the white sand looks tropical when the sun is shining. It’s a stunning beach and somewhat of a hidden gem! So much so, a number of years ago it made Porth Iago made in onto The Guardian’s Top 10 'secret' beaches in Wales list.
5. Bardesey Island
Bardsey Island, said to have 20000 saints buried there, is an amazing place, buzzing with wildlife and with an incredibly rich history, being the centre point of a pilgrimage that people still make today! You can take boat trips across to the island and Peta from our Criccieth office wrote all about here Bardsey Island day trip, which you can read here.
Abersoch is a bustling seaside village full of trendy shops, cafes, restaurants and bars - a must visit whilst on the Llyn Peninsula and a mecca for many water sport enthusiasts. It is home to the very popular annual wakeboarding festival Wakestock. The combination of wakeboarding and music has seen it crowned the largest of its type across the whole of Europe! If the water isn’t for you, the large sandy beach is perfect for relaxing or a lovely stroll, and with plenty of options for a bite to eat or a glass of something cold (or warm depending on the season), and numerous shops to peruse, it’s easy to see why so many love this resort.
7. Llanbedrog beach
Llanbedrog beach, best known for its colourful huts and cafe, is a sweeping sandy beach with spectacular views! There are a number of walks in the area and you can even take the woodland walks up to see the Tin Man, the views from the top go on forever! There’s an art Gallery called Plas Glyn y Weddw in the centre of the village to call in on too. The cafe at the end of the lane really does have the most incredible outdoor space which seems to overhang the beach and is perfect for an ice cream after enjoying time on the beach.
8. Plas yn Rhiw
Plas yn Rhiw is a 16th Century Manor House with Ornamental Gardens. The estate commands exceptional views over Cardigan Bay and was donated to the National Trust by the Keating Sisters in the 1950’s. Plas yn Rhiw is a place to visit in all seasons, with the gardens large variety of shrubs trees and flowers meaning it will always look different and beautiful no matter the time of year. With a woodland walk and a tea room too, it’s definitely worth visiting. If you’re green-fingered, interested in local history or just enjoy seeing new places and stunning views, you’ll enjoy a trip here.
The main market town of the Llyn, Pwllheli has shops, eateries, a golf course and it’s very own marina complete with a new sailing academy (which hosts international sailing events) - it’s certainly got plenty going on! A great place to pick up tasty fish and chips, stop off for a cuppa, cake or ice cream and lots of choice when it comes to a main meal. Pontoon in Pwllheli, is a lovely little Caribbean style restaurant overlooking the harbour, all home cooked food with amazing flavour and open mike nights every week give this place a real sense of atmosphere.
Llanystumdwy is a small village between Criccieth and Pwllheli, famous as the home to the Lloyd George Museum which commemorates the life of David Lloyd George. There is a beautiful river walk from here and a number of circular routes you can make too - a picturesque village worth stopping by when exploring the peninsula.
If you like the sound of our list, why not book a break in one of our amazing cottages on the Llyn Peninsula and try out some of our suggestions? Or let us know if you have any other favourite places that you like to visit on the Llyn!