The Lynn peninsula – sparkling seas and sandy beaches
Tucked away beyond Snowdonia’s craggiest peaks with the Irish Sea on one side and Cardigan Bay on the other, the Llyn peninsula has a distinctive, unspoilt character that’s all its own. Its sunny southern coast draws walkers, wakeboarders and dinghy-sailors, while the ancient pilgrimage site of Bardsey Island, at its tip, is a haven for wildlife.
Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, around a quarter of the Llyn peninsula is protected including wild stretches of coast, long-extinct volcanic peaks and grassy hillsides dotted with Iron Age forts.
The Llyn peninsula's family-friendly resorts and lovely, laid back beaches draw most of its visitors, especially in summer. Seaside towns such as Abersoch which is only 10 miles away and Aberdaron, a small fishing village at the end of the Llyn Peninsula and just 4 miles from Plas Newydd, have a long history of welcoming visitors from all over the world.
Places to visit
Abersoch with it's picturesque harbour is a popular centre for sailing, windsurfing and other watersports.
Originally a fishing port, Abersoch is now a tourist centre full unspoilt charm. Of the many beautiful beaches on the Llyn peninsula, Abersoch's main beach is probably the most popular beach in the area being ideal for bathers and watersports lovers alike - and the is beach considered 'safe' with no strong currents.
Bardsey Island is around 2 miles over the Bardsey Sound.
The island is around 1.5 miles long and, at its widest, just over half a mile across.
Bardsey has been a place of pilgrimage since the early years of Christianity and there are signs of settlements on the island that date from earlier periods. The thirteenth century Abbey tower is the most prominent ancient monument on the island although many other structures have been identified, some of which may date back two or three thousand years.
Bardsey is a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Both nationally and internationally important for wildlife, Bardsey Island's wide range of special interest includes birds, rare flowering plants, lichens, liverworts and mosses, coastal grassland and heathland, seacliff ledges and marine wildlife. It forms part of several larger sites around the coast and waters of the Llyn Peninsula, recognised internationally for their outstanding wildlife - and in particular their birdlife, seacliff habitats and marine wildlife.
Bardsey welcomes many hundreds of day visitors during the summer months. Day trips are available from Porth Meudwy and Pwllheli and you should have around 3½ hours to explore the island. www.bardseyboattrips.com and www.enllicharter.co.uk
Please note: Dogs and other pets are not allowed on the island.
Lime-washed fishermen's cottages, an old post office designed by Clough Williams-Ellis who was the architect of Portmeirion, cafes, shops, and hotels, and the church of St Hywyn combine to give Aberdaron it's unique character.
'Aber' which in Welsh means 'the mouth of a river' which on the south coast of the Llyn Peninsula is the Afon Daron flowing into the bay and giving its name to the village. On each side of the river mouth is the beautiful beach ideal for walking on and playing on and a promenade where you can watch the sailing boats scudding across the bay.
Boat trips are available to take you fishing, or on a trip around the end of the peninsula - or if you are more adventurous to Ynys Enili, Bardsey Island.
The whole area is bird-watchers' paradise. Look out for chough, kittiwakes, kestrels, puffins, stone chats, guillemots, and manx shearwaters. Or just take a walk along the coastal path to Porth Meudwy , which is where the Bardsey boat goes from or explore the beautiful beaches at Porth Ysgo and Porthoer and the iron age settlement at Castell Odo.