About Aberdaron And The Area
Aberdaron and Local Amenities
Aberdaron is the closest village (2 miles/5 minutes by car) for groceries and all local amenities. For food shopping it has a well-stocked Spar with off-licence and daily newspapers, along with fresh groceries, vegetables and local produce, and coal and logs. An excellent craft bakery, Becws Islyn, sells a wide range of breads, cakes, pastries, pies and other delights to take away, or its coffee shop serves breakfasts, lunches and teas indoors or on a large outdoor terrace with great village views.
For casual eating out, there are cafes, a seasonal pizza takeaway on the beach, and a renowned fish & chip shop owned by a local lobster fisherman, where you can dine in or take-out. Battered lobster tails are a firm favourite! Two ice cream shops do a roaring trade, whether or not the sun is shining.
Two pubs (The Ship and Ty Newydd) in the heart of the village serve quality pub food and locally brewed ales.
The mile-long sandy beach is accessed from the village centre. A large car park operated by the National Trust (NT) ensures plentiful parking in the village centre, and includes a visitor centre dedicated to Aberdaron’s fascinating history and culture dating back to the Stone Age. The stunning 12th century church of St Hywyn, with its ancient, crooked graves, overlooks the bay.
The Welsh language is still the first language of the area, and is widely spoken by locals in the shops, so you will certainly hear it during your visit. Learn a few words, or even just ‘diolch’ (thanks) would be appreciated.
Beaches, Llŷn Coastal Path and Countryside
A secluded cove (Porth Ysgo) is close to the cottage, plus numerous safe, sandy beaches for picnics and bathing are within a short drive, including the famously squeaky beach at Whistling Sands. The long, sandy stretch of Aberdaron bay is very popular with families, as all village amenities are close by. For the more adventurous, the wide bay known as Hell’s Mouth is well regarded by surfers for its wild waves, and is just a 5 minute drive over the hill from the cottage.
Stunning coastal and countryside walks abound, with access onto the Llŷn Coastal Path (part of the Wales Coastal Path) just a few minutes stroll from the cottage door. This landscape is very deservedly a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a walk from the cottage up to the nearby hamlet of Rhiw will reward you with quite breathtaking views of the entire westerly tip of the Peninsula.
Boat trips from a small cove, Porth Meudwy, to the historic pilgrims’ retreat of Bardsey Island are available whenever sea conditions permit.
Dolphins and porpoises can often be spotted, along with grey seals, and there is still a small but thriving local industry fishing for crab and lobster.
Read more about Beaches, the Coastal Path and Bardsey on the Activities pages.
The sea dominates the area, and the fresh sea air leaves the visitor feeling fresh and alive. Locals and weather observers claim that the Peninsula has a microclimate, with milder, sunnier weather and warmer sea temperatures due to the gulf stream. The garden at Ty’n Rhyd has a number of semi-tropical plants, which thrive here, and palm trees are a common sight throughout the Peninsula.
Due to the clarity and purity of the air, and the complete lack of light pollution, the Llŷn Peninsula is recognised as being one of the best Dark Sky spots in Wales, a must for stargazing enthusiasts. The cottage is in a perfect location from which to look up to the night sky, as on a clear night there really is nothing to spoil the view of the firmament until the far distant coastline of Ireland.