Book Llyn Peninsula Cottages for Seaside Holidays in North Wales

The Llyn Peninsula (or Lleyn Peninsula, as it is sometimes spelt), in Gwynedd, is one of those beautiful and largely undiscovered corners of the UK.  Whether seeking to book a large holiday cottage for an activity holiday with friends or seeking romantic cottages for couples, this North Wales peninsula offers a splendid choice of coastal and countryside cottages in a very beautiful location. 

The peninsula is full of rocky coves and sandy beaches warmed by the Gulf Stream and bound in by its coastal path. A land of contrasts, steeped in history, it remains an unspoilt, little-known gem. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it is encircled by the Wales Coast Path.

Often compared with the Cornwall of fifty years ago, its 70 miles of wildlife-rich coastline starts in rugged fashion on the north side with the towering peak of Yr Eifl plunging dramatically down to the sea. And at its very point lies Bardsey Island, burial place of 20,000 saints, which has drawn pilgrims to its now ruined monastery, along the pilgrims’ road, ever since the 6th century.

With its unique and diverse blend of scenery; secluded rocky coves; sheltered little ports, sandy beaches; mountains; narrow little lanes lined with wildflowers; open countryside and wooded valleys, it provides the ideal setting for a relaxing holiday. There is also the added touch of “foreignness” with its unusual place-names and the Welsh language spoken around you, which makes the holiday that little different.

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On the north coast of the Peninsula, Nefyn is a historic little town, famous in the past for its shipbuilding and its herring fleet. At the end of its long sandy beach lies the harbour with its quay and cluster of whitewashed cottages at the water’s edge. Morfa Nefyn, popular with families, is a quiet seaside village with a long sandy beach. At the far end of this bay is Porthdinllaen, owned by the National Trust, and was once an important shipping centre for the Irish Trade. On the clifftop above, is the Nefyn and District Golf Course, where there’s a view of the sea from every tee.

Tudweiliog is a small village much adored for its two superb beaches — Tywyn and Porthysgaden. Llangwnnadl is a scattered village. On its outskirts is Benllech beach; beautiful, unspoilt, and with rocky cliffs it lies close to Porth Colmon, an idyllic little cove with a slipway down to the sea.

Aberdaron, a picturesque little fishing village, lies snug in its hollow, with its stone cottages. Its former Post Office designed by Clough Williams-Ellis (of Portmeirion fame), and the Cafe and Gift Shop, “Y Gegin Fawr”, it is a popular destination.

Abersoch, at the mouth of the River Soch, is one of the most attractive harbours on the Peninsula, protected as it is by the St. Tudwals Islands. It is an important venue on the yachting calendar and is one of the busier resorts on Lleyn. Llanbedrog’s sheltered beach is owned by the National Trust. A visit to the art gallery at Plas Glyn Y Weddw is a must.

Pwllheli is truly the centre of Llyn on a Wednesday —market day. Its Victorian railway station still welcomes travellers to its two main beaches, its redeveloped promenade, its sheltered harbour, and a marina which hosts many prestigious international sailing events. 

Cricieth, with its truly Welsh castle overlooking the sea, has a quiet charm of its own. Its two beaches, mostly pebbly, are both safe for bathing.

Porthmadog, once famous as the slate port for the world, still retains its links with the sea with its quayside development and busy little harbour. From the harbour runs the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway.

Caernarfon, designated a ‘World Heritage Site’, is the northern gateway to the Peninsula. Its impressive castle, which stands at the water’s edge overlooking the Menai Straits, completely dominates the town. Built more splendidly than other castles with polygonal towers decorated with bands of coloured stone, it begs to be explored.