Exploring the Best Activities on the Llŷn Peninsula

Our pick of the best things to do on the Llŷn Peninsula.

Picture a 30 mile long National Landscape, reaching from the northwest corner of Wales into the Irish sea, with the air of an enchanted land. Here you will find gorse, stone walls, primroses, and foxgloves, as well as white-washed farmhouses and medieval churches, and even a breed of sheep particular to the area. This is the stunning Llŷn Peninsula, where long beaches and spectacular igneous mountains make for stunning scenic views, and the rich, Welsh culture and history affords opportunities to discover more at every turn. Most of the people on the peninsula speak Welsh, and indeed the National Welsh Language and Heritage Centre is located here, in Nant Gwrtheyrn. This area holds one of Britain’s best-preserved Iron Age forts, the crown of the first of Bardsey Island’s sovereigns, and even the world’s rarest apple. Its charms are bountiful and varied, so what will you find to explore? Here, we offer a list of things to do on Llŷn Peninsula, from learning about history to exploring the countryside to delighting in the local cuisine to discovering some of the Llŷn Peninsula’s hidden gems.   

Coastal Walks and Hiking Trails

One of the most well-loved Llŷn Peninsula things to do is take a walk or a hike. The sheer abundance of scenic coastal walks and hiking trails crisscrossing the peninsula is amazing, and the views of the sea and countryside are absolutely breathtaking. The 110 mile long Wales Coast Path links all the beautiful beaches, and takes at least seven days to complete, but, of course, there is no need to walk the entire trail! Pick it up at any point along the way, and you are sure to enjoy scenic countryside with gorgeous views. For instances, if you start in Trefor, on the north coast, you can take a short walk beside a small harbour with sparkling blue water, past rugged cliff faces, towards the Trefor Sea Stacks, where nesting seabirds are abundant and include cormorants. A section further south, from Aberdaron towards Porth Medwy, offers glorious cliff top views, and a woodland walk from the beach at Llanbedrog up to a headland that holds the Iron Man sculpture, offers views across to Snowdonia and Cardigan Bay. The Porthdinllaen marine trail also provides stunning views, and great wildlife spotting. Another great place to walk is Uchmynydd, where cliffside walks give amazing views to the Irish Sea towards Yns Enlli (Bardsey Island).

Beach Exploration and Water Activities

The pristine beaches dotting the coastline of the Llŷn Peninsula are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports such as surfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Beaches of Llŷn Peninsula can be calm or wild and untamed, and one, Marine Beach, near the town of Criccieth, is actually two beaches separated by a Medieval castle. From long sandy stretches to astonishingly beautiful turquoise coves, you are sure to find the beach of your dreams. If you are looking for a wild, remote beach, surrounded by rugged cliffs, Porth Ysgo is perfect. For a golden cove between grassy headlands, head to the north coast and Porth Iago, or check out Porthor, a picturesque cove of golden sand known for having sand that whistles underfoot, also on the north cost. There is also Llanbedrog beach, a sandy beach known for its colourful beach huts and popular café. On the southwest side sits Porth Neigwl, Hells Mouth, renowned for its large waves, and in the Afon Dwryrd estuary, you will find the series of golden sanded coves known as Borth y Gest. Dogs are allowed at most beaches, with a few conditions, and most beaches have convenient car parks. 

Historical and Cultural Attractions

Do not miss the opportunity to explore the rich history and cultural heritage of the Llŷn Peninsula through visits to ancient castles, historic landmarks, and traditional Welsh villages. One of the best places to visit in Llŷn Peninsula is Nant Gwrtheyrn, known as the forgotten village, where you can learn about the history of the area and the quarrymen who used to populate it. Visit Tre’r Ceiri, and you cannot fail to be impressed by how well preserved this Iron Age Hillfort is, considering that it was built somewhere around 300 BC. Want more recent history? Check out the Plas yn Rhiw historic house, a charming manor house with ornamental gardens. If you are interested in art, do not miss Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, the oldest gallery in Wales, located in Llanbedrog, in a gothic style mansion built in 1857. In Llanystumdwy, a small, picturesque village between Criccieth and Pwllheli, you can visit the Lloyd George Museum, commemorating the life of former Prime Minister David Llyod George. While you are in the village, make the most of your time and explore the numerous circular routes you can walk, along with the beautiful river walk. 

Gastronomic Delights and Local Cuisine

You may be surprised by the vibrant food scene of the Llŷn Peninsula, which features fresh seafood, traditional Welsh delicacies, and cosy pubs serving locally sourced fare. One of the best is Y Llong, or The Ship Inn, at Edern. They have amazing Sunday Roasts, but their weekly menu is also wonderful, with local produce and fusion-flavours that will surprise and delight you. There is always something fun happening, so check out their social pages to see what is on the schedule when you visit. If you are looking for fine dining, the Potted Lobster in Abersoch is a great option, with a relaxed ambiance, a stylish nautical atmosphere, and food that is well worth the slightly higher prices you will pay for it. A unique and fun place to grab a bite is Ty Coch, right on the beach in Porthdinllaen, which is only accessible on foot or by sea, and has been voted one of the top ten beach bars in the world. Drinks are more prominent than the food, but it is definitely an experience worth having. Another not-to-be-missed experience is The Cliffs at Morfa Nefyn, a great, dog-friendly, casual lunch or dinner spot with plenty of local seafood and other delicious options, in a gorgeous location, near Madryn Castle, where you will enjoy spectacular views across the bay. 

Wildlife Watching and Nature Reserves

Here, you will have plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching, including birdwatching at nature reserves, dolphin and seal spotting boat trips, and encounters with rare flora and fauna. The unique microclimate of Llŷn makes it the perfect home for some very interesting wildlife. Grey seals take refuge at the Llŷn peninsula, with large breeding colonies at St Tudwal’s Islands and Bardsey Island. If you want to catch a glimpse of some seal pups, plan to visit between September and December. Just make sure to watch them from a distance, using binoculars to get a good look. Bottlenose dolphins can be found offshore, especially off St Tudwal’s Islands, Cilan, and Bardsey Island, and sometimes you can catch a “super pod” in which hundreds of dolphins gather to hunt shoals of small fish. There have also been sightings of porpoises and whales. Birdwatching is a treat in Llŷn, where rocky cliffs and offshore islands provide nesting sites. An enormous diversity of bird species can be found in this area, including choughs, peregrine falcons, fulmars, puffins, and Manx shearwater. Seabirds like guillemots, razorbills, and kittiwakes lay their eggs on the inaccessible slopes at Carreg y Llam near Pistyll, and a visit to Porth Meudwy will afford you a look at resident and migrant birds, including birds from around the world. 

Explore the Llŷn Peninsula with Together Travel

The Llŷn Peninsula offers a wealth of activities and experiences for travellers seeking adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. Whether exploring coastal trails, sampling local cuisine, or soaking in the natural beauty of the region, visitors are sure to create unforgettable memories on this enchanting Welsh peninsula. Together Travel Co. can facilitate your holiday on the stunning Llŷn Peninsula, and we invite you to explore our unique collection of beautiful self-catering luxury cottages and modern apartments. Our offerings include not only contemporary cottages and apartments, but also converted barns full of character and a traditional Welsh farmhouse. Our properties are perfect for couples, families, and larger groups, offering all the sea views and coastal charm you could desire for your perfect dream holiday. Find out how we can make your holiday amazing by contacting our expert concierge team at +44(0)1625 416430 or emailing us for more information.