Abersoch, situated on the Llyn Peninsula offers great beaches, internationally recognised sailing waters and good surfing. Shops, restaurants, bars and cafes are all plentiful and easily accessible in town.
The Abersoch golf course was designed by Harry Varden and opened in 1908. It is a links and parkland course with stunning views. It has recently been placed 17th best golf course in Wales and has been voted the friendliest! Prices start from £35.
Glasfryn Parc is 11 miles from Abersoch and a must to visit if you’re looking for a little adrenaline infused activity. Wakeboarding, karting and quad biking are all on offer as well as bowling, fishing and archery for those who are looking for something a little less intense. Come rain or shine, there is something for each member of the family here.
Probably not the most obvious of activities, but this offers segway as you have never seen it before – off road no less! If you’re not looking for the off road adventure you can always have a more leisurely cruise around the 30 acres of beautiful forest. Based at The Dragon Raiders Adventure Park, they also offer paintballing on site.
The Bear Grylls survival academy offers you a chance to learn survival techniques out in the wilderness – it’s an amazing opportunity for you to learn life skills. You never know when you might need them!
Navsar rent out jet skis for you to explore the coastline of the Llyn Peninsula closer than ever before – it makes for an exhilarating day. You will be taken by a guide so no fear of getting lost!
Pen Llyn Lusitano Stud and Riding centre offers classic lessons alongside treks and hacks – they can even cater for taylor made riding holidays – recognised as the UK’s leading breeder of Lusitano ponies.
A dowager house built in the mid 1800’s is located in LLanbedrog just outside Abersoch. This gothic victorian mansion was built for Lady Elizabeth Love Joans Parry and is now houses the Oriel Art Gallery offering 10 gallery spaces and a cafe.
From beginners to advanced, the sailing school offers full courses with the RYA. They also offer courses in powerboating. In addition they have kayaking and ringo rides available at the club.
The most popular beach in Abersoch, its sheltered position makes ideal for both bathers and watersports. With no severe rips or currents, it is a great place for children and very popular with windsurfers. There are international sailing events held from the beach during the summer months. Beach huts can also be rented on this beach. Lots of facilities near by as its in the centre of Abersoch itself.
A popular beach and with unique sand particles that cause a whistling sound when you shuffle your feet – it makes for a an unusual experience (it doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does it’s a little strange!) There is a cafe and toilets open during the summer months and a national trust woodland near by.
Surf central – this beach is fully exposed to the Atlantic and so very popular with surfers. The beach is usually quiet as its not a safe swimming beach with rips and strong currents. There are no facilities on the beach but a mobile snack bar can be found during the summer months. If you are into surfing, then this is a must.
Starting in Porthmadog, the steamtrain takes you through the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog offering glorious views and giving you an insight into the past.
Clough Williams-Ellis created this little piece of the ‘Italian riviera’ in Wales during the earlier part of the 1900. A visit here transports you to a fantasy world of beautiful buildings along with gardens and views that are wonderful. Famous for its filming of the Prisoner in the 60’s it now welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the village along with gift shops and a shop for their famous Portmeirion dinner service. There is a private beach that visitors can enjoy.
Zip World has a top of 10 activities in North Wales…
- Blaenau Ffestiniog is where you will find Bounce Below (an underground tampoline experience), Zip World Caverns (an incredible, underground exploring activity) and Titan (first 4 people zip line).
- Conwy Valley is home to Zip Safari (a series of 23 zip lines through the trees), Plummet (jump from a 100ft tower), Skyride (Europe’s highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (nets suspended in trees 60ft above the ground to run around in), Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster that runs throug the forest at exhilarating speeds) and Tree Hoppers (a woodland experience for younger ones).
- Bangor is where you will find Velocity (the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe).
An artificial surf lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Perfect for beginers and those who are looking to improve. No waiting around for the next set of waves. At the centre, there is a total wipeout waterwall, a splodge which will see you flying in the air, a soft play centre, a skate park and a couple of onsite restaurants.
The National White Water Centre on the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled so it’s rapids still thunder in the summer so you will never be disappointed by the conditions.
The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous and whilst in the area, you absolutely should take advantage of this. For more information on additional walks, we recommend having a look on the following website: www.visitsnowdonia.info
is a great information resource for walking in the area. Their website www.mudnadroutes.com will help get you started.
If you love a treasure hunt, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of geocaches hidden around the area. Children love these and and so if you’re having trouble convincing them that a walk is good fun, this could be your answer!
Here are a couple of blog articles you might be interested in too:
Our very own ‘Really Simple Walking Guide Up Snowdon’
Some suggestions from the people at Visit Snowdonia
Based just north of Dolgellau, this forest (Coed) offers mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or there is also a cafe that serves food.
There are 4 trails for both novice and advanced riders. Its costs £27.50 for the day. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer.
The Coconut Kitchen offers Thai and Asian inspired food. The Dining Room is an intimate family run bistro specialising in fish. A night at Manana is always fun – mexican food and lively atmosphere is always a winner. The Zinc Bar and Grill offer burgers, salads, fish and a great atmosphere. The Vaynol offer a good pizza. A night of fine dining can be found at Porth Tocyn Hotel
Mickey’s Boat Yard on the beach near the golf course is certainly worth a visit as is the Abersoch Beach Cafe. Blades offers good traditional cafe food; all homemade and in the centre of town. Petal-a-Pot is a French inspired tea room. Fresh cafe and bar grill offers good coffee and food which is served throughout the day and evening. Kin and Co on the high street us another great place to go.
East Meets West is the Indian takeaway and the nearest Chinese is in Pwllheli, The Phoenix.
FISH AND CHIPS – found on the hight street, it’s Creel Fish and Chips.
ICE CREAM – The Village Pantry in Abersoch centre
- The Surgery, Sarn Bach Road, Abersoch, Gwynedd, LL53 7EH TEL: 01758 712070
- The accident and emergency hospital is 10 mins away: Ysbyty Alltwen, Tremadog, Gwynedd LL49 9AQ61 TEL: 01766 510010
Many places locally only accept cash and so make sure you have enough on hand. Pwllheli is the nearest place for bank services.
- There is an ATM opposite Aber House in town, at the Spar on the Cae Du estate and in Londis in Llanbedrog.
- SPAR: Cae Du Estate, Abersoch
- ASDA: Sand St, Pwllheli (it is a small one)
- Co OP: Lower Cardiff Rd, Pwllheli
- ALDI, LIDL and TESCO: are all in Porthmadog which is a 15 min drive away.
There are stations located in Pwllheli, Criccieth and Porthmadog:
There is a bus service that runs from Porthmadog along the Llyn Peninsula, through the surrounding towns and villages. The times are not that often so you really need to plan ahead:
- BUS TIMETABLE – PWLLHELI TO ABERSOCH
- BUS TIMETABLE – PORTHMADOG TO PWLLHELI
- BUS TIMETABLE – PWLLHELI TO ABERDARON
- local taxi firms include:
- WAVE CARS: 7 Maes Gwydryn, Abersoch, Pwllheli TEL: 07990 630748
- LLANBEDROG TAXIS: 6, Cae Refail, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli TEL: 07812 082223
The welsh alphabet is phonetic so once you know how to say the letters, the theory is that reading the words is straightforward; you say what you see. A little time spent familiarising yourself with the alphabet will help no end when you’re trying to navigate your way around the area…
a short, as in ‘hat’, never as in ‘ball’
b as in ‘bag’. Although is there really any other way?
c always hard as in ‘cat’, never an s as in ‘precise’
ch like the ch in the Scottish word ‘loch’, but with more phlegm
d as in ‘dog’, never as in ‘djinn’
dd a buzzy ‘th’ sound, as in ‘this’. Think angry bees with a lisp
e short, as in pen
f v. This is very, very simple, and when you get really used to it, f will play hafock with your spelling
ff f. Equally, you can ffind yourselff getting too used to ff as well
g always hard as in ‘get’, never a ‘j’ sound as in the last g in garage
ng as in ‘song’, where the g isn’t hard, like in ‘gig’, but a soft glottal stop made in your throat
h as in hat, always sounded and never silent
i as in ‘pin’
j accepted now because of the loan words from English that use it, like ‘garej’
l a ‘luh’ as in ‘lava’, but never an ‘ul’ sound as in ‘milk’
ll not as hard a sound to make as some would have you think. Raise your tongue to the top of your mouth as if you were going to say ‘el’, then make the ‘ell’ sound by blowing air round the sides of your raised tongue, instead of by using your voice. You should sound like an annoyed cat
m as in ‘mithridatize’. Or as in ‘mum’, if you want to be boring
n as in ‘nanobot’
o short as in ‘hot’, not round as in ‘hotel’
p can I have a p please Bob?
ph an English f, or Welsh ff sound, as in ‘phase’
r rolled. Some people just can’t get a rolled ‘r’ – their tongues are unable to vibrate in the right way. It’s a genetic thing, apparently,
similar to being able to roll your tongue into a tube, or turn the end upside down. Honestly, some people can, but my tongue’s not that prehensile. Roll if you can, don’t if you can’t
rh hr. Make a huffy, breathy sound before your rolled ‘r’
s always soft as in ‘sit’, never a ‘z’ sound as in ‘juxtapose’
t as in ‘top’. Can it get any simpler?
th as in ‘think’, softer and less buzzy than dd
u If you had stepped in something disgusting and made a kind of ‘eugh’ noise, the vowel ‘eu’ sound would about approximate
y ok, y breaks the rule that Welsh is phonetic. As a single syllable word, y is like ‘uh’, on the last syllable of a multisyllabic word it’ an‘u’ or ‘ee’, and anywhere else it’s like the unstressed, indeterminate noise of the final e in ‘garden’ or ‘letter’. Ysbyty (hospital) is the perfect example.
How are you? Sut mae / Ti’n iawn
Good morning: Bore da
Good Afternoon: P.nawn da, prynhawn da
Good evening: Noswaith dda
Good night: Nos da
Cheers / Good Health! Iechyd da!
Do you speak welsh? Ydych chi’n siarad Cymraeg?
How do you say…. in welsh? Beth ydy….yn Cymraeg?
Thank you: Diolch
I love you: Dw i’n dy garu di
Happy Birthday: Penblwdd Hapus
and a couple of funny ones….
Microwave: popty ping
‘Might as well’: Man a man a mwnci
DIRECTORY OF PLACES LISTED:
Golf road, Abersoch LL53 7EF
Golf Road, Abersoch, Pwllheli, LL53 7EY
Lon Sarn Bach, Abersoch, Gwynedd LL53 7EE
01766 238 007
Canolfan Beicio Antur Stiniog, Ceudlyllau Llechwedd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3NB
Dragon Raiders Activity Park, Gwynfryn Lodge, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, LL52 0LR
1 Slate Quay, Caernarfon LL55 2PB
3 Stryd Fawr, Pwllheli LL53 7DY
Haven Cafe | The Harbour, Abersoch LL53 7AN
For Sat Nav/GPS/Mapping Services use: LL40 2HY. OS Grid Reference: SH 725 268
Stryd Fawr, Abersoch LL53 7DY
Postcode: LL49 9NF, Grid Reference: SH 57131 38419, Lat./Lng.: 52.924122/-4.1266580
High Street, Abersoch LL53 7DS
01766 810 000
A499 Caernarfon Road, LL53 6PG
Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch LL53 7AP
01758 760 532
Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch, Pwllheli LL53 7AP
Use SatNav, LL23 7NU
01758 730 741
Llaniestyn, Pwllheli LL53 8SW
MICKEYS BOAT YARD
Machroes Beach, Bwlchtocyn, Abersoch LL53 7EU
Abersoch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 7UD
Llanbedrog, Pwllheli LL53 7TT
Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER
Dragon Raiders Activity Park, Gwynfryn Lodge, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, LL52 0LR
01341 247151 / 07976662414
High Street, Abersoch LL53 7DS
01758 712 250
Lon Pont Morgan, Abersoch. LL53 7AN
High St, Abersoch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 7DY
Cynfil | Y Maes, Pwllheli LL53 5HB
Llanengan, Pwllheli, LL53 7LG
Lon Pen Cei, Abersoch. LL53 7AP
THE VILLAGE PANTRY
High Street, Abersoch
01248 601 444 choose option 2
Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3NB