Experience the natural beauty of Llŷn
Penrhyn Llŷn (Llŷn Peninsula) is unmistakeable in so many ways. You can’t miss it on the map – crooked finger of land that points forcefully into the Irish Sea. It also has a distinct identity as a bastion of Celtic history and heritage and stronghold of Welsh culture and language. Then there’s the look of the place – it’s stunning. Llŷn is a protected ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ on the strength of its exceptional coastline of coves, headlands, beaches and bays rich in wildlife. They’re all interlinked by the Llŷn Coastal Path (now part of the all-Wales Coast Path).
Porth Neigwl, also referred to as Hell’s Mouth is more famous for its good waves that attract thousands of surfers every year. It’s also popular with families, the top of the beach is made up of large pebbles, whilst lower down there is plenty of sand that is exposed at low tide. Porth Neigwl is a 4 mile, dog friendly beach, accessed through 500m of sand dunes from a car park near the village of Llanengan.
Porth Iago is one of the Llyn’s hidden treasures. A small sheltered cove within naturally formed clifftops, it is certainly one beach that should be visited.
Llŷn’s ‘capital’ fills many roles – seaside resort with fine blue banner beach, busy market town with art galleries and very popular sailing and watersports centre with one of the best modern marinas in the UK. Hafan Pwllheli gives access to the inviting sailing waters of Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea. See the wildlife – seals, seabirds and dolphins – on coastal cruises. Excellent leisure centre to keep the kids entertained, along with activity-packed Glasfryn Parc. Penarth Fawr medieval house nearby.
This stunning award-winning golf course is one to put on your golfing list, hugging the South Llyn coastline it forms a great challenge for golfers of all capabilities. Part links part parkland, once completed you will want to settle into the welcoming lounge bar and patio, serving great local beers and produce.
Harlech Castle’s battlements spring out of a near-vertical cliff-face. Edward’s tried and tested ‘walls within walls’ model was put together in super-fast time between 1283 and 1295 by an army of nearly a thousand skilled craftsman and labourers. ‘Men of Harlech’, Wales’s unofficial anthem loved by rugby fans and regimental bands alike, is said to describe the longest siege in British history (1461–1468) which took place here during the War of the Roses.
None of Edward I’s mighty coastal fortresses has a more spectacular setting, Harlech Castle crowns a sheer rocky crag overlooking the dunes far below – waiting in vain for the tide to turn and the distant sea to lap at its feet once again. Harlech was completed from ground to battlements in just seven years under the guidance of gifted architect Master James of St George. Its classic ‘walls within walls’ design makes the most of daunting natural defences.
Snowdonia is a great place to come walking and we have a network of walks for people of all abilities. Whether you want the challenge of ascending Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, or prefer one of our leisurely walks along the coastline, you’re guaranteed breath taking scenery and diverse landscapes.
We have a varied terrain here in Snowdonia from rugged mountain peaks, long sandy beaches to crystal clear lakes and rivers. The National Park continues to develop a network of footpaths geared towards walkers of all abilities.
Known locally as the Twnti Pub (pronounced Tunti!), it prides itself on serving real ale and excellent quality food, cooked to order. Produce is locally sourced and the daily specials board celebrates seasonal food farmed here on the Llyn Peninsula. The staff are welcoming and friendly and the pub has a vibrant atmosphere, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike across all four seasons.