Jutting out into the Irish Sea, the Llyn Peninsula is a long-established destination that is popular with families, walkers, and outdoor enthusiasts. With traditional seaside resorts like Criccieth and Pwllheli, old fishing villages like Porthdinllaen, and excellent surfing at places such as Hell’s Mouth, staying on the Llyn is guaranteed to be full of fun and exciting possibilities.
Pwllheli is perhaps one of the most well-known places in this area, made famous by Butlins more than half a century ago. Today, Pwllheli is a thriving market town with plenty to offer. The beaches there routinely win Blue Flag awards, and their sheltered, south-facing aspect makes them popular with young families who are keen to splash and paddle. There are plenty of opportunities for boat trips from Pwllheli Marina, to tour the coastal waters looking for seals, dolphins, and marine birds.
Criccieth is another popular destination, again with spectacular beaches and safe bathing. Criccieth Castle sits behind the town’s two beaches, and it’s well worth visiting for the absolutely incredible 360° panoramic views from the ramparts. A visit to Criccieth wouldn’t be complete, of course, without a trip to Cadwalader’s, to sample their famous ice-creams.
If outdoor adventures are your idea of fun, head to Dragon Raiders Activity Park, just outside Criccieth. From paintballing to off-road Segway adventures, this park will certainly get the adrenaline racing. Hell’s Mouth, near Abersoch, offers some of the best surfing in the UK, and regularly attracts a big surfing crowd, whilst south of Abersoch, visitors can have a go at coasteering, gorge scrambling, sea kayaking, and rock climbing - with trained instructors to help you learn and keep you safe.
For walkers, the Llyn Peninsula offers almost 100 miles of coastal path, with trails and walks that are suitable for all abilities. The hills of Yr Eifl will take you to the highest point on the Llyn Peninsula, giving you a fairly challenging day’s walking. Elsewhere, there are more leisurely walks available, such as that along the headland from Aberdaron, which rewards walkers with superb views over to Bardsey Island.
Everyone likes to eat out in style once in a while, and the Llyn has plenty to offer in this respect. As the peninsula is surrounded by the sea and historically a prime fishing locality, where better to sample some fresh locally-caught fish? Try Twnti Seafood Restaurant in Pwllheli or one of the many excellent fish and chip restaurants, such as Sblash Caban Pysgod in Aberdaron or The Creel in Abersoch. Other top restaurant recommendations include Tremfan Hall in Llanbedrog, The Ship Inn gastropub in Edern, and Tonnau at Criccieth.
It’s impossible to talk about the Llyn Peninsula without mentioning its proximity to another stunning part of Wales, Snowdonia. Whether you take the steam train from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, or drive over to the National Park, the Llyn Peninsula is ideally situated to enjoy Snowdonia’s natural charms as well as its own.
We offer a huge choice of great places to stay and the best Llyn Península holiday accommodation that you can book with the owners or directly online at affordable prices. The Llyn extends along the North Wales coast like an arm jutting out 30 miles into the Irish Sea. Cardigan can be seen on sunny days from the headland at Aberdaron far to the south across Cardigan Bay. Llyn Peninsula short breaks are popular throughout the year and many accommodation providers offer seasonal discounts.
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