by Menai Holidays
Autumn is most definitely upon us and the leaves that have been desperately clinging to the branches of the trees on the Llŷn are now falling. We love this time of year. The light begins to change and the peninsula takes on a different feel. The views become as clear as crystal as the haze of summer fades and the depth and height of the Snowdonia Mountain range can be seen in all its glory across Cardigan Bay.
The nights begin to draw in and thoughts turn to bonfires, sparklers and of course, Halloween. The Llŷn Peninsula, with its rich history and ancient landscape, is the perfect place to revel in this magical time of year. The myths, legends and folklore of the Llŷn Peninsula have been passed down through generations of those dwelling in this ancient land. This area of Wales has spooky stories aplenty and if you are spending Halloween on the Llŷn Peninsula it is worth remembering a few to tell on a dark night.
Be sure to visit Plas-yn-Rhiw, a 16th Century manor house which overlooks Porth Neigwl, or the ominously named Hell’s Mouth. There has apparently been habitation at the site for over a thousand years. The mansion house has a long and well documented history, and its most recent owners were the three old eccentric Keating sisters who bought the house in 1938. Plas-yn-Rhiw is allegedly haunted by at least two ghosts. The first one, an 18th Century drunkard who owned the house and is looking for another drink, and the second is the weeping ghost of a young Victorian girl who was the daughter of an owner, who ran away to marry a tinker. Now owned by the National Trust, visit this autumn and explore the ancient woodland or take part in some Halloween based activities.
Visit Aberdaron’s beautiful new visitor centre Porth y Swnt (pictured above) and immerse yourself in the history of the Llŷn. The interpretation centre is designed to allow locals and tourists to discover and more fully appreciate the essence of the area and its magical history.
You can also discover The Lost Village. Tucked away within the granite rocks is the lost mining village of Nant Gwrtheyrn. Discover the once untold stories of this former Victorian quarrying community that was left derelict for decades. Folklore tells of a couple who fell in love and were set to marry. The evening before the wedding, the couple sat underneath their favourite oak tree and carved in their names to the tree trunk. There was an ancient tradition in Nant Gwrtheyrn, known as the ‘wedding quest’ where the bride would hide on the morning of the wedding and the groom would have to hunt for her. After breakfast, the bride, Meinir left the house and ran for the hills. A short time later the groom, Rhys, and his companions began to search. They searched and searched but Meinir was never seen again. Rhys spent his life searching until one stormy night at the oak, there was roll of thunder over head and a bolt of lightning struck the trunk and split it to reveal the bleached skeleton of a woman wearing a wedding dress. Rhys rushed to the body and the skeleton fell into his arms. It is said that he died of a broken heart there and then, and his body was found two days later. Our holiday cottages in Nefyn are perfectly located for exploring this area of the Llŷn.
If all of this wets your appetite for a spooky and chilling Halloween on the Llŷn Peninsula, then take a look at other Halloween themed events taking place.
Halloween Spooktacular at GreenWood Forest Park – Halloween crafts for the youngsters including making a Lantern, Broomstick or spooky mask. Get dressed up and enjoy hot chocolate whilst exploring the park.
Dylan’s Cinema Supper Club – For those of you wanting a slightly more sophisticated Halloween, why not head to Dylan’s in Criccieth to enjoy a screening of one of the scariest movies of all time, The Shining. Here’s Johnny at his best. Pizza, popcorn, ice cream and the movie. All for just £17.50.
For other events on the Llŷn Peninsula visit our Explore page here.
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