At Llanystumdwy, about 4 miles away, is the Lloyd George museum, celebrating the life of David Lloyd George who lived here most of his life. The Dwyfor rabbit farm will appeal to the children and there is a riding centre and shooting school. There is a beautiful river walk up the River Dwyfor which was a favourite with Lloyd George and has a spectacular display of bluebells and spring flowers.
The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) have set up a site at Pont Croesor near Llanfrothen, where a pair of Ospreys have recently been nesting, and has been running a viewing centre at Pont Croesor near Porthmadog since 2005.
For garden lovers, the charming house and gardens of Plas-yn-Rhiw (NT) is worth a visit, the nursery at Crug Farm Plants owned by plant hunters, Bleddyn and Sue Wyn-Jones, is fascinating and the gardens at Bodnant (NT) are within easy reach. The 17th century Plas Tan y Bwlch in the vale of Maentwrog, has a fine historic garden with native and exotic plants. Now home to Snowdonia National Park Authority's environmental studies centre, and offering courses to the public, the Plas was once the home of the Oakley family who gained their wealth from the slate industry. The less well known gardens at Plas Brondanw, the former home of Sir Clough Williams Ellis at Llanfrothen, are inspiring at all times of the year, with tremendous vistas of the mountains incorporated into the design.
Other National Trust properties include Penrhyn Castle near Bangor and Plas Newydd, just over Telford's famous Menai suspension bridge to Anglesey. Powis Castle and gardens is a little further afield, but well worth a day out.
The Island of Bardsey or Ynys Enlli marks the end of the Pilgrim's Trail, which is marked by many historic churches on the Llyn, such as that at Aberdaron. Bardsey may be visited by boat from Pwllheli or a small Llyn fishing port at Porth Meudwy. The island has a special magic and a large seal population. Porpoises and dolphins are often seen from the boat.
The Llyn coastal path is 91 miles long and part of the Wales coastal path. There are secluded beaches and coves, which are quiet even on the busiest bank holidays.
An easy walk over a grassy headland and down a flight of steps leads you to a sandy beach at Porth Ysgo near the property once owned by the Keating sisters at Plas yn Rhiw (now owned by the National Trust) near the end of the peninsula.
Porth Oer is famous for its whistling sands and Porth Dinllaen (National Trust) at Morfa Nefyn has a lovely old pub, ‘Ty Coch', on the beach where you can enjoy a drink and lunch at the water’s edge. There is a beautiful sandy beach with rocky inlets and pools to explore at Porth Colmon.
Porth Neigwl, or 'Hells Mouth' is a stunning five-mile stretch of sands that is a favourite with surfers. Porth Ceiriad is about two miles south of Abersoch down some beautiful quiet lanes. If you want some advice on how to find these quieter, often un-signposted places, please don't hesitate to ask.
Frequently overlooked, the small hills and headland walks of the Llyn provide ideal rambles, especially when the cloud cover is too low over Snowdonia. Pre-historic remains give a strong sense of the past, and Welsh traditions are still strong here. A favourite walk is around the twin peaks of Garn Fadryn, which dominates the skyline of central Llyn and is topped by an ancient hill fort and surrounded by the remains of a defensive wall and ancient stone huts. The better-known Tre'r Ceri, otherwise known as The Rivals, is one of the best-preserved Iron Age hill forts in Great Britain, with superb views over Anglesey and Ireland on a clear day. The much-improved Llyn Coastal Path provides endless possibilities for exploring.
At Tyddyn Iolyn there are spectacular mountain views from Snowdonia down to Cadair Idris and beyond. Snowdon is an easy drive away, and for climbers and walkers, the Carneddau Glyders, Moelwyn and lesser-known Rhinog mountain ranges are all within easy reach Tremadog cliffs, much favoured by climbers, are just over five minutes away. However. if you fancy a short walk on a pleasant evening then it’s possible to walk straight out of Tyddyn and up the road to greet spectacular views of the Llyn Peninsula, all at your doorstep!
Contact Numbers for Local Attractions
|Criccieth||Tel: 01766 522227||LL52 ODP|
|Harlech||Tel: 01766 780552||LL46 2YII|
|Caernarfon||Tel: 01286 677617||LL55 2AY|
|Conwy||Tel: 01492 529358||LL32 8AY|
|Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, Harbour Station, Porthmadog||Tel: 01766 516000||LL49 9NF|
|Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, Porthmadog||Tel: 01766 513402||LL49 9DY|
|Snowdon Mountain Railway||Tel: 0844 493 812||LL55 4TY|
|Tal y Llyn Railway, Towyn||Tel: 01654 710472||LL36 9EY|
|Portmeirion Italianate Village / Gardens||Tel: 01766 770000||LL48 6ER|
|Crug Farm Plants/Nursery||Tel: 01248 670232||LL55 ITU|
|Plas Brondanw||Tel: 01766 772772||LL48 6SW|
|Bodnant gardens, Conwy (NT)||Tel: 01492 650460||LL28 5RE|
|Plas yn Rhiw, nr Aberdaron (NT)||Tel: 01758 780219||LL53 8AB|
|Penrhyn Castle and gardens, Bangor (NT)||Tel: 01248 353084||LL57 4HN|
|Powis Castle and gardens (NT)||Tel: 01938 551944||SY21 8RF|
|Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog||Tel: 01766 772600||LL41 3YU|