It’s ‘Snowdon’s arm’, a wildly beautiful peninsula that wraps you in a strong embrace. Llŷn’s mix of culture and heritage, traditional farmsteads and little ports, beaches, bays and sea-cliffs is quite unlike anything else you’ll find in Wales – or elsewhere, for that matter. Little wonder, then, that the coast is a protected ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Walk it by following the Wales Coast Path.
Land’s end at its most idyllic. This fishing village was the last stop for pilgrims on the way to Ynys Enlli, the ‘Isle of 20,000 Saints’ otherwise known as Bardsey Island, now a National Nature Reserve renowned internationally for its birdlife. Celebrated poet RS Thomas lived in a cottage within the beautiful grounds of Plas yn Rhiw, a small National Trust manor house. Call into the National Trust’s new interpretation centre, Porth y Swnt, for an insight into Llŷn’s special landscapes, seascapes and rich cultural heritage. And be prepared to get blown away by the awesome coastal views from Mynydd Mawr headland.
Popular – and very fashionable – seaside resort and sailing/watersports centre, with fine beaches and sheltered harbour. Busy bistro life, plus a good choice of accommodation and attractions including pony trekking, boat trips and crafts centre.
Charming little seaside village with superb beach and possibly the most famous – certainly the most photogenic – line of beach huts in Wales. Home to Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, a leading arts centre and gallery. Well located for walking. Also in the area is a shooting school, for beginners and seasoned shooters.
Village set in a landscape full of interest. On Yr Eifl mountains there’s Tre’r Ceiri, an astonishingly well-preserved prehistoric village occupied until about 2,000 years ago. Nant Gwrtheyrn, the Welsh Language and Heritage Centre, is nearby.
Popular north coast seaside village with harbour, a Maritime Museum and graceful crescent of sand leading to picturesque Porthdinllaen. Its headland golf course is not for the faint hearted – it’s like playing off the deck of an aircraft carrier.
How perfect can you get? Not much more than Porthdinllaen, a much-photographed coastal hamlet with quaint houses and waterfront inn set above a beautiful half-moon of sands. Village and beach are owned by the National Trust - access on foot only.
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.