The Llŷn Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which boasts some of the most stunning views that Wales has to offer. With a coastline that stretches for almost 100 miles, there is so much to see and explore here that it can be hard to know where to start. We wanted to round up the best things to see and do on the Llŷn Peninsula, let's look at the options:
Plas yn Rhiw
This manor house offers some of the best views across the Llŷn Peninsula that you'll find anywhere - owned and managed by the National Trust, the house was built in the 1600s and is fascinating to visit. The garden is also beautiful and excellent to wander around. However, as we mentioned it is really the views that make the trip to Plas yn Rhiw worthwhile. Learn more here - nationaltrust.org.uk
Pwllheli is considered by many as the unofficial capital of the Lleyn Peninsula, so it's unsurprising to see that the 2 beaches here are among the most popular in the area. Both the South Beach and Glan-y-Mor can be found in Pwllheli. Both are a little different, and both are well worth a visit. South Beach is mostly a shingle beach and Glan-y-Mor is much more sandy, but both are great for walking along.
Porth Neigwl (Hell's Mouth)
If surfing is your thing, a trip to Porth Neigwl (often called 'Hell's Mouth' by locals) is well worth your time. But unlike many surfing beaches across the UK, Porth Neigwl is often quiet and can also be enjoyed by walkers. Part of the reason the beach is so quiet is that the facilities are limited - you won't find much in the way of things to do aside from enjoying the beach here. But if that's your cup of tea, it doesn't get much better than this.
Walk the Llyn Coastal Path
If you're looking to take in the best of what the Llŷn Peninsula has to offer, walking the Llŷn Coastal Path is a great way to experience it. This 90-mile footpath runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, and although it's highly unlikely you'll walk the entire length (unless you're one of those superhumans!), we love that you can dip in and out of sections to explore the stunning coastline by foot. Our favourite section would probably be the Aberdaron to Abersoch section, which takes you past some of the best things to see in Llŷn Peninsula including Plas yn Rhiw and Porth Neigwl. Learn more here - walescoastpath.gov.uk
Criccieth Beach (& Criccieth Castle)
This stunning coastal castle has to be paired with the beach it sits above, because the 2 have to be experienced together. As you walk along Criccieth Beach, the imposing figure of Criccieth Castle will appear above you. Built by Llywelyn the Great in the 13th century, the castle is now ruinous but you still get a feel for how impressive the castle must have been in its day. Although there is a short steep climb up to the castle, you are rewarded with a look around the fascinating remains and of course, the stunning views across the beach.
Continuing our theme of amazing beaches in this area, Abersoch Beach is probably one of the more popular to visit on the Llŷn Peninsula. Popular with watersports enthusiasts as well as walkers, the beach is often busy which means there is always something to see. It's also pretty close to Snowdonia National Park, and actually offers great views of Snowdonia in the distance (which feels a little surreal as you stand on the sand).
Porthor (Whistling Sands)
The Llŷn Peninsula has some amazing beaches, so to describe one of them as the most beautiful must really take something special - we think Porthor fits the bill. Owned and managed by the National Trust, the beach is an immaculate haven which feels secluded and tranquil. But despite the peacefulness, this is also a great beach for activities. You'll often see people surfing and kayaking here, and you're welcome to join them. Learn more here - nationaltrust.org.uk
Another beach owned by the National Trust, and another stunning stretch of sand to explore. Unlike the aforementioned Whistling Sands, this beach can get pretty busy and isn't always a relaxing place to be, but it is certainly fun. Backed by colourful beach huts and always popular with families, this is a great place to head to with kids. Learn more here - nationaltrust.org.uk
Places to eat and shops to visit
After all this outdoor fun, you'll probably be glad to hear that there are some excellent places to eat within the Llŷn Peninsula. Seafood is, of course, the best dish to try in the area, with restaurants such as Twinti in Rhyd-y-clafdy. Poachers in Criccieth is great for classic Welsh food, and Two Islands Ice Cream in Abersoch is awesome for a cone after a long walk on the beach. You've also got loads of accommodation options, feel free to contact us for an updated list or consult this Booking.com page.