Pwllheli is the gateway to the best sailing waters in the U.K. Tidal streams are weak, winds are stable and the scenery is superb.
Pwllheli is the principal town of the Llŷn Peninsula which lies on the north-west corner of Wales, dividing Cardigan Bay (to the south) and Caernarfon Bay (to the north). Being three sides surrounded by the sea, you are never short of a sheltered beach and the climate is relatively mild. To the east are the mountains of Snowdonia, the highest mountain range in the UK south of the Scottish Highlands.
The peninsula stretches out around 30 miles into the Irish Sea and is only around 8 miles wide for much of it's length. Being west of the Welsh mountains and in the Gulf Stream, Llŷn enjoys a mild, drier climate than that of the rest of Wales. During the winter there are few or no frosts, but the snow on the mountains in the distance is a beautiful sight.
Around the peninsula's nearly 100 miles of coastline, there are sweeping bays, small coves and rocky cliffs as well as islands, reefs (like Sarn Badrig in northern Cardigan Bay) and impressive headlands. The peninsula has it's own range of hills, the most prominent of which is in the north east, where the sharp peaks of Yr Eifl form the highest point on the peninsula at 564 metres high and even more sharply slope down into the waters of Caernarfon Bay below. The former miners village of Nant Gwrtheyrn is set amongst this sort of backdrop and is now the National Language and Heritage Centre for Wales. Here, people with absolutely no Welsh at all can learn and those that already know a bit can brush up on their skills.
Pwllheli is the main town for the peninsula, with it's bustling weekly market it is the centre of the community here on Llŷn. Other main settlements include Aberdaron, Abersoch, Criccieth, Nefyn and Porthmadog.
If you have any questions about your visit to Pwllheli and the Llyn Peninsula please contact us or the local Tourist Information Centre: 01766 512981 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pwllheli is an easy day sail from Dublin Bay and Ireland’s east coast, the Isle of Mann, north and south west England as well as south Wales.
Why not travel across the Irish Sea at your own pace, berth at one of our visitor pontoon and explore what this area of natural beauty and gateway to Snowdonia has to offer?
Sailing from Scotland to the south coast or the Mediterranean? Come ashore in Pwllheli, have a break, take a walk
Dublin Bay 75NM
Douglas Bay 95NM
Milford Haven 90NM
Isle of Wight 330NM
Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre has new visitor pontoons. Booking for a berth on the pontoon from between 1 night and 90 nights can be made by clicking here.
Hafan, Marina in Pwllheli, next door to Plas Heli also has temporary berths available with electricity hook up points and fresh water. Please contact Hafan directly for booking information: (01758) 701 219 or click here.
Follow the paths of pilgrims to Bardsey Island, explore the enchanted myth of Rhys and Meinir in Nant Gwrtheyrn or learn about the area’s maritime past. Delve into the rich history, culture and traditions of the area.
Perched on a headland the intimidating castle looks over the town of Criccieth. Built originally by Llywelyn the Great, this was the site of the last Welsh rebellion against the English. Take your time to explore the castle, it’s twin-towered gatehouse and the bustling seaside town.
Another impressive castle that begs a visit is the intimidating fortress at Caernarfon. An imposing structure and walled town that King Edward I created to stamp his supremacy on the natives. In 1969 the investiture of HRH Prince Charles took place here.
A magical Italian tourist village built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975, Portmeirion was made famous as the location of the cult surreal spy television series The Prisoner in 1967. Today, visitors can walk around the gardens and the private peninsular on which the village is set. Portmeirion itself is made up of around 50 buildings that include several cafes and shops and is surrounded by 70 acres of sub-tropical woodland gardens. The focal point of the village is the Portmeirion hotel that welcomes day visitors for lunches, afternoon teas, and dinners.
The Heritage Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn is a great place to start your journey into local history, myths, culture and traditions. Located in an abandoned quarrying village on the north coast of the peninsula the centre is the place to explore Welsh culture and traditions as well as the history of the village itself.
The museum is housed in St Mary’s Church in Nefyn and boasts a unique collection of maritime artefacts that depicts the story of locally built boats, sailors and captains.
Visit Wales’ oldest gallery with 6 exhibiting galleries housed in a Grade II listed dower house built in the popular beach village of Llanbedrog in the 1850s. In addition to the monthly exhibitions, art workshops, lectures and craft fairs Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw have recently reopened a network of woodland circular short walks that join with the Wales Coast Path.
A new interpretation centre in Aberdaron that uses poetry and art installations to take everyone on their own journey through the history, culture and environment of the Llyn Peninsula. The centre also has further ideas for activities, walks and attractions in the area.
Explore what this 16th century manor house has to offer. Marvel at the views over Cardigan Bay from the ornamental garden and grounds.
You don’t need to visit a museum, a centre or a castle to feel a bit of the local history, it’s all around you. When you travel along the rural roads look out for the 8 beautifully restored original signposts erected following the 1903 Auto Car Act. You should also be able to spot original restored slate and stone milestones along the side of the road – imagine what it was like travelling along these roads over a hundred years ago!
Would you like to zip through the air above a quarry on the world’s fastest zip line? Would you like to bounce in a disused slate quarry cavern at the world’s first subterranean playground of it’s kind? How about white water kayaking? Climbing? Coasteering? Surfing? Welcome to the Heart of Adventure!
What would you like to do with your time?
Whether you’re after a family friendly beach with all the conveniences, a beach that’s ideal for sand castles or crabbing, that beach with a perfect wave for surfing or a mystic remote beach where you can while away an afternoon with a book, Llyn Peninsular has something for you.
Use the 84-mile section of the Wales Coast Path to explore the cliffs and coves around the Llyn Peninsula. The path follows public footpaths, small rural roads and along the beaches from Caernarfon along the north shore to Aberdaron before following the south coast of the peninsula to Porthmadog passing right by Plas Heli and the Hafan Pwllheli Marina on the way. Choose a short circular walk, a full day or take a few days to walk all the way around.
More information on the Wales Coast Path around Llyn can be found here:
With the foot of Snowdon just 19 miles away why not use the Llyn Peninsular as a base to explore the magnificent Snowdonia mountain range. From short, gentle strolls to strenuous, steep climbs Snowdonia has something for everyone. Climb the highest mountain in England and Wales (which is very achievable and suitable for families) or challenge yourself to the Welsh 3000s – climb the 15 mountains over 3,000 within 24 hours!
More information on paths and walks in Snowdonia can be found here:
If you only have an hour or two to fill there’s still plenty of routes that will get you outside and strolling around the beautiful landscape and discovering local history. As well as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty a lot of Llyn is in the Register of Landscapes of Outstanding Historic Interest in Wales.
More information on local routes and short walks in Llyn can be found here: