Heralded as a ‘haven for surfers and adventurers’, the Llŷn Peninsula is often likened to what some say Cornwall was like fifty years ago. There’s a wealth of things to see and do down on the Llŷn, and both of our parks, Ocean Heights and Green Pastures are well situated to discover the whole of the Llŷn Peninsula’s beaches, tiny lanes, empty coves and wildflower meadows. The peninsula is full of rugged coastlines, from wide expanses of beach such as Aberdaron, to pretty fishing villages such as Morfa Nefyn and Llanbedrog. There’s plenty to explore and miles and miles of memories waiting to be made!
Just around the coast from Abersoch you’ll find Llanbedrog Beach, a popular visit with families for walks up Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd, the Tin Man sculpture on the mountain above and for the sandy shores and shallow waters. National Trust Wales run a car park and cafe here. It’s great for paddling and bug hunting with the little ones. Be sure to stop off at The Ship pub in the village on the way back which has a great outdoor terrace in the Summer months.
Tudweiliog is a small, predominantly Welsh speaking village on the Northern coast of the Llŷn. The village has many attractions, most notably Coetan Arthur, a burial chamber, Bronze Age remains at Carn Fadryn and the beautiful sandy beaches of Tywyn and Penllech. It’s another family friendly option as there are lots of farms in the area open to visit so it’s particularly nice to visit around Easter time when lambs are being born! Beach wise there’s plenty of rock pools to clamber amongst and a few opportunities for fishing and crabbing! The sunsets happen to be stunning here also.
Popular amongst tourists for many years, Pwllheli is a bustling marina town so head here with your boats and yachts! The beach is a favourite for dog walking and sandcastles and there are a variety of cafes and eateries to try out. Take in the fruit and vegetable market on Wednesdays in the centre of the town. For foodies, the likes of Michelin rated Plas Bodegroes is a fantastic place for couples to eat out for special meals.
Abersoch has seen a boom in recent times with many out of towner’s buying up property in the area. There’s a very simple reason for this – the Abersoch coastline has long been celebrated as a particular place of beauty. Great for sailing and surfing, the old fishing town is these days abuzz with a lively food and drink scene, high street shops to browse and of course miles of beach. Try the new independent ice cream shop, Two Islands in the Summer months for original, mouthwatering flavours!
Known to many as Morfa Nefyn, the Ty Coch Inn pub on the beach was voted one of the best beach bars in the world. There’s an amazing golf course here with fantastic views out to the Irish Sea and a small cove in front of the pub where it’s ideal for children to play in the shallow waters. The Ty Coch also holds a variety of music nights and makes a great prawn sandwich!
Head over to Nant Gwrtheyrn in the quarry village of Llithfaen for spectacular views featuring emerald green sea and mountain sweeping scenes! The popular restaurant Caffi Meinir is here and makes for a fantastic afternoon out whether for a coffee or roast dinner. Take care on the drive down, it can be rather hairy! If you’re up to it, you may prefer to park at the top of the mountain and walk down. The nearby pub, Tafarn y Fic holds regular Welsh music evenings!
A favourite place at the top of the Llŷn is of course the town of Criccieth, famous for its medieval castle and beach looking out towards Harlech and beyond. At just a stone’s throw from Porthmadog and Portmeirion, why not combine all three for a jam-packed North Wales day of exploring?! We love Cadwalader’s Ice Cream here and be sure to stop for a panini at Moelwyn Restaurant on the front. For drinks, walk along the seaside to Dylan’s which is located in a beautiful Art Deco building designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis of Portmeirion fame.
- Porthor Whistling Sands
A favourite amongst bodyboarders and SUP enthusiasts, Whistling Sands is a great place to stop off for a spot of tea and cake the the National Trust ran cafe, Caffi Porthor. So called because the sand squeaks as you walk across it, it’s a beautiful bay in the south of the peninsula with stunning, crystal clear waters.
At the very southern tip of the Llŷn is Aberdaron, the former fishing village which is now a tourist spot in the Summer months and a fantastic place for those in search of waves for surfing! You’ll find a ferry service out to Bardsey Island in the Summer, where 20,000 Saints are buried according to legend. It’s an excellent place to stop for fish and chips and a drink!
If we’ve inspired you to get out in the coming months and explore the peninsula why not stay with us at Ocean Heights Caravan Park based in Chwilog, Pwllheli? It’s perfectly located to discover the whole of the Llŷn and beyond. Alternatively, if you’re interested in holiday home ownership in this region, fill in the form below and a member of our team will be sure to call you back to discuss in more detail.