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!
Glasfryn Parc 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.
Segway Tours is Probably not the most obvious of activities, but this is 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!
Pen Llyn Lusitano Stud and Riding centre offers classic horse riding lessons alongside treks and hacks; they can even cater for taylor made riding holidays. Recognised as the UK’s leading breeder of Lusitano ponies.
Plas Glyn Y Weddw 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.
Abersoch Sailing School offers full courses with the RYA from beginners to advanced. They also offer courses in powerboating. Kayaking and ringo rides are available at the club.
The Wales Coast Path circumnavigates the Llyn Peninsula and there are lots of small routes that you can pick up at various points in the area. Great walking for all members of the family with stunning coast live views to take in.
Main Beach is 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 beach huts available to rent and lots of facilities near by as it’s in the centre of Abersoch itself.
Porth Oer (Whistling Sands) is a popular beach with unique sand particles that cause a whistling sound when you shuffle your feet – it doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does it makes for a an unusual experience!) There is a cafe and toilets open during the summer months and a national trust woodland near by.
Porth Neigwl (Hells Mouth) is surf central. The beach is usually quiet as its not a safe swimming beach with rips and strong currents. There are no facilities other than a mobile snack bar that can be found during the summer months. If you are into surfing, then this is a must.
If you would like a bit of inspiraton on which beaches to visit, you might be interested in this article we did on the Hidden Coves Of The Llyn Peninsula
The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highlands Steam Train starts in Porthmadog or Caernarfon, taking you through the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog offering glorious views and giving you an insight into the past.
Portmeirion Village is a little piece of the ‘Italian riviera’ in Wales was created by Clough Williams-Ellis during the earlier part of the 1900’s. A visit here transports you to a fantasy world of beautiful buildings and gardens. 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.
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- 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).
Surf Snowdonia is an artificial surf lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Perfect for beginners and those who are looking to improve. No waiting around for the next set of waves. At the centre, there is also a total wipeout waterwall, the ‘blob’ which will see you flying in the air, a soft play centre, a skate ramp and a couple of onsite restaurants/cafes
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 meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months 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 some ideas of where to walk, you might be interested in these websites:
Mud and Routes is a great information resource for walking in the area. Simply enter where you would like to walk and it will give you some tried and tested routes.
Geocaching is popular in this neck of the woods and if you love a treasure hunt, then this is a great way to while away an afternoon.
If your interested in tackling Snowdon itself while you are here, then here is a simple guide on how to do it: Our very own ‘Really Simple Walking Guide Up Snowdon’
The Wales Coastal Path offers cycling routes. There are various points on which you can enter and come off depending on the level of cycle ride you are looking for.
The Aberdaron Circular Route is a good route starting from Aberdaron, taking you along the North side of the Peninsula, past Porth Oer and then down towards Pen Y Groes and back around.
Coed Y Brenin is further afield in Snowdonia. Based just north of Dolgellau, it has 8 MBT trails for complete beginners to seasoned pro’s. Free to get in (pay for parking), you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walking and running trails. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or there is a cafe that serves food.
Antur Stiniog is an up lift service. Graded blue to black, there are 7 trails. It costs £32.50 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.
If you are looking for bike hire:
WHERE TO EAT OUT
Aqua Beach Bar is in a stunning location and certainly worth a visit.
The Dining Room is an intimate family run bistro specialising in fish.
Manana is 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
Porth Tocyn Hotel is where to head to if you are up for a night of fine dining.
Mickey’s Boat Yard on the beach near the golf course is certainly worth a visit.
Abersoch Beach Cafe. again a great beach location.
Blades offers good traditionalfood; all homemade and in the centre of town.
Petal-a-Pot is a French inspired tea room.
Fresh cafe and bar grill which is served throughout the day and evening.
Kin and Co on the high street us another great place to go.
THE BORING BUT IMPORTANT INFO
- 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
If you’re looking for accommodation in the area you might be interested in our curated list of Top 5 Holiday cottages on the Llyn Peninsula