Penrhyn Llŷn (Llŷn Peninsula) is unmistakeable in so many ways. You can’t miss it on the map – the 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 designated an ‘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).
Language and Culture
The Llŷn remains a true stronghold of the Welsh language and culture where over 70% of the Llŷn’s 6000 population speak the language as their first language. The language is taught as the primary language in all primary and secondary schools.
This abudnace of Welsh language and culture is a big part of what makes the area so special, and plays a huge role in the area’s tourism industry.
Harddwch Naturiol Eithriadol
Outstanding Natural Beauty
Nearby villages that you may be interested in visiting
Land’s end at its most idyllic. This fishing village was the last stop for pilgrims on the way to Ynys Enlli, 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. Be prepared to get blown away by the awesome coastal views from Mynydd Mawr headland. Also under the National Trust’s management is Porth y Swnt, new interpretation center. Over in Felin Uchaf there is an educational centre for exploring ways of living and working in creative partnership, with each other and our environment.
Popular – and very fashionable – seaside resort and sailing/watersports centre, with fine beaches and sheltered harbour. Busy programme of sailing events plus Wakestock, Europe’s largest wakeboard music festival (held in July). Busy bistro life too, plus a good choice of accommodation and attractions including pony trekking, boat trips and crafts centre. Abersoch is also a base for six circular walks ranging from under a mile to over nine miles.
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. Potz Pottery can be found nearby in Mynytho.
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 new Maritime Museum, opened in 2014, 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.