Local History, Culture and Art
Perhaps take a drive and include a visit to…
The top of Mynydd Mawr (the mountain at the very tip of the Peninsula, from which the Wicklow hills of Ireland are visible on a clear day), and look down on the final, perilous route taken by Medieval pilgrims across the Sound to Bardsey (Ynys Enlli). At low tide you might try to locate the site of the fresh water spring of St Mary’s Well at the sea edge below, reputed to have been blessed by the Virgin Mary herself. This was the last chance for pilgrims to receive a blessing before making the sea crossing.
Plas yn Rhiw, a National Trust property, is under 5 minutes drive away. This is a small, restored early 17th century manor house, with spectacular views from the house and pretty gardens over the coastline and Hell’s Mouth – worth a visit for fans of period property. Celebrated poet RS Thomas lived in a cottage within the beautiful grounds.
Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh Language and Heritage Centre, on the northern coast of the Peninsula, is well worth a visit. In the 1970s we used to visit when it was a ‘deserted village’, a ghost town of abandoned houses once belonging to quarry workers. Today it is a peaceful spot, the beautifully restored village showing off the best of Welsh culture, which welcomes visitors and boasts an excellent restaurant and gift shop.
Porth y Swnt, the National Trust’s new visitor interpretation centre in the centre of Aberdaron, for an insight into this special landscape, seascape and rich cultural heritage.
Sarn Pottery, which can be found just over Rhiw mountain (Mynydd Rhiw), in the village of Sarn Meyllteyrn. The spectacular drive there from the cottage, following the contours of the mountain, gives the feeling of being in an aircraft flying low over the valley floor below. The studio is a real experience to visit, and some pieces bought over many years are displayed in the cottage. Whilst there, check out the little old pub on the hill in Sarn, the Ty Newydd.
Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw Arts Centre, LLanbedrog. Wander around the current exhibition of paintings, sculpture or pottery, many by local artists, and perhaps even treat yourself to a special piece to take home, to remind you of a memorable and unique holiday at Ty’n Rhyd, on the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula.