Discover The Coastal Way: the Llŷn Peninsula

The Coastal Way runs the entire length of Cardigan Bay, from Aberdaron on the Llŷn Peninsula to St. Davids in Pembrokeshire. The Llŷn Peninsula, sometimes called the ‘Land’s End of Wales’, is arguably the most stunning section.

With nearly 100 miles of coastline stretching around three sides of the peninsula, you are never far from the sea, and of course many glorious beaches! The south coast of Llŷn is often referred to as the ‘Welsh Riviera’, with its long sandy beaches and calm seas. The north and western coasts are more rugged, with towering cliffs, offshore islands.

Prepare for a great time

Take the time to prepare for your camping trip. Have the correct clothing for the season and warm bedding, with plenty of food with a few local delicacies this will be a fabulous experience. Take all that you will need, and plan to spend some time sightseeing and enjoying the nature that you will find to be all around you when you camp on the Llŷn Peninsula.

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Looking back on Borth y Gest Beach

DAY 1

  • Distance: 31 miIes (from Snowdonia Classic Campers)
  • Travel Time: 1½ hours

Collect your camper and head along the south coast of the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula to it’s tip, near Aberdaron.

Provisions: If you need to stock up your campervan then stop off en-route to Tir Glyn in Pwllheli where amongst other shops there is an Asda.

Things to Do

  • Mynydd Mawr

Discover the delightful views of Mynydd Mawr, at the tip of the Llyn Peninsula. A National Trust site with awesome coastal views in all directions – west to the Irish coast, east to Snowdonia, north to Anglesey and south to Bardsey Island.

Tip: park your camper at the summit and watch the sunset with a picnic

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View from Mynydd Mawr with Bardsey Island in the background

Where to Stay

Tir Glyn is a working farm with a welcoming, quiet, family camping and caravan site with great facilities. It’s a fantastic location close to the Wales Coast Path, with fabulous views of this stunning coastline; a five minute walk takes you to the picturesque fisherman’s cove (Porth Meudwy) and an energising 20 minute walk to the scenic village of Aberdaron.

The proprietors are John and Pat Roberts, enquiries:
Email: tirglyn@btconnect.com
Tel: 01758 760248
Open: Year round

DAY 2

  • Distance: 14 miIes (from Tir Glyn to Nefyn)
  • Travel Time: 30 minutes

Venture to the rugged northern coastline of the Llyn Peninsular to stay near Porthdinllaen, near Nefyn, and enjoy miles of dramatic un-spoilt coastline and secret coves.

Things to Do

  • Bardsey Island

Before heading to the north coast, walk down to Porth Meudwy, and take a boat (£30 adult / £20 child return) to Bardsey Island. Bardsey Island lies 2 miles off the Llŷn Peninsular, whose welsh name is Ynys Enlli. Bardsey is a holy island that once had its own line of kings. Legend has it that 20,000 saints are buried on the island which led to the Pope to proclaim that three pilgrimages to Bardsey Island equaled just one to Rome.

The Bardsey Boat Service runs every day from March to November that the weather allow. The boat follows an ancient pilgrim route to Bardsey Island but will take time out to show you the fabulous diversity of seabirds, seals and porpoises amid spectacular scenery. After landing, you’ll have around four hours to enjoy the peace of this unique living island where human, spiritual and natural history are always close by.

  • Beaches

If a boat trip isn’t your thing, there are plenty of secluded beaches to visit. One of our favorites is Porth Iago, which is picture perfect and could be on a Greek Island, except the Irish sea is a tad cold! It’s a private beach with a nominal parking fee and you can even camp overnight although facilities are limited.

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view of Porth Iago
  • Discover Porthdinllaen

Check out our Camper Trails webpage for an easy walk starting in Morfa Nefyn that meanders back along the Wales Coast Path where you can enjoy the breath-taking views in all directions of this rugged coastline. This circular walk is a great excuse to visit the Tŷ Côch Inn in the pretty hamlet of Porthdinllaen. A picture perfect fishing village perched on a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. If this is a little energetic then take a stroll down to the beach and just enjoy!

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Porthdinllaen Walk
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Ty Coch Inn

Where to Stay

Ty’n y Coed is a family owned and run, caravan and camping park, situated in Morfa Nefyn It is ideally located in the village centre, within walking distance of two fabulous sandy beaches and the Wales Coast Path, shops, and pubs including arguably the best pub in Wales The Ty Coch Inn, situated on the beach, customers can only reach it either by boat or on foot.

The proprietors are Lorraine and Selwyn Scott, enquiries:
Email: tynycoedtouringpark@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: 01758 720564
Open: March to October

DAY 3

  • Distance: 12 miIes (from T’n y Coed to Abersoch)
  • Travel Time: 30 minutes

Travel south to re-join the Coastal Way at the pretty village of Abersoch, a popular tourist destination famed for its sandy beaches, glorious walks, harbour and boat trips. The main beach with its gently shelving sands and beautiful shady location is popular with families and is perfect for lounging.

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Abersoch © 2018 Abersoch Triple Crown

Things to Do

Abersoch is a meca for all things watersports, especially wind-surfing and sailing.

  • Sailing

Abersoch Sailing School is based on Abersoch Main Beach. You can learn to sail, hire a boat or just take a kayak out for half an hour.

  • Surfing

Hell’s Mouth, is a surfer’s paradise. You can learn with the crew from West Coast Surf in Abersoch.

  • Wakeboarding

To try your hand at cable wakeboarding, visit Glasfryn Wakeparc….or for classic wakeboarding, visit Offaxis in Abersoch.

  • Horse Riding

Enjoy riding on the beach or a trek in the countryside. Pony trekking is available from one of the many nearby stables. Visit Cilan Riding Centre to enjoy panoramic views of Abersoch and Hells Mouth.

Where to Stay

Llain Las is a small family run caravan site situated on the outskirts of Abersoch village within a easy walking distance to the beaches, pubs, restaurants and shops of this pretty village. The site is clean and tidy, facilities are basic but it is priced accordingly.

The proprietors are Mr and Mrs Hughes, enquiries:
Tel: 01758 712486
Open: March to October

Other sites nearby: Tyn Y Mur Touring & Camping Park, Lon Garmon, Abersoch, LL53 7UL, www.tyn-y-mur.co.uk

Email: info@tyn-y-mur.co.uk
Tel: 01758 712328
Open: March to October

DAY 4

  • Distance: 21 miIes (from Abersoch to Borth y Gest)
  • Travel Time: 45 minutes

For your final night it is always worth coming a little closer to our base in Pantglas. Just 20 minutes away the quaint seaside village of Borth y Gest is a great location. This Victorian village borders the Afon Glaslyn and looks out across Tremadoc Bay towards the Rhinog Mountains and Harlech Castle.

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Our camper Nell parked at Borth y Gest

Things to do

  • Discover Borth y Gest Beaches

Check out our Camper Trails webpage for an easy walk starting from the car park in the centre of Borth y Gest. The walk explores the coves and beaches of Borth y Gest and Black Rock Sands returning through a golf course and woodland with views of Moel y Gest and Snowdonia’s mini Matterhorn, Cnicht.

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View over Borth y Gest beach
  • Narrow Gauge Railways

Starting from the harbour of Porthmadog experience steam, scenery and the beauty of Snowdonia on the Ffestioniog & Welsh Highland Railway from over 40 miles of scenic railway in the comfort on carriages from times past.

  • Visit an Italianate Village

Discover Portmeirion Village, a miniature Italianate fantasy village on the coast of Wales and the set of the 1960’s ITV cult drama “The Prisoner”. Created by the English born, Welsh based architect Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis has been open to the public since 1926. It addition to its architectural heritage, its stunning setting and sub-tropical gardens, Portmeirion has shops, a spa, cafés and restaurants and an authentic Italian style gelateria.

Where to Stay

Clean, well-maintained and family-friendly, Tyddyn Llwyn Camping, Caravan and Touring Park is within walking distance of Borth y Gest and the bustling harbour town of Porthmadog. Only a few minutes drive from the beach at Black Rock Sands. The site is nestled in a secluded valley, and features a play area, games room and on-site bar & restaurant.

Email: info@tyddynllwyn.com
Tel: 01766 512205
Open: March to October


It’s just a 20 minute drive back to Pantglas to drop your camper off for 11am on your final morning.

Don’t want to go home yet? Visit the historic town of Caernarfon with it’s medieval castle for a mooch around the shops and a cuppa in one of the many cafés.

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