The Llyn Peninsula 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 with few or no frost in the winter.
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, Llyn 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. Inland, the rolling countryside, hills and small
communities all have a story to tell - and there are people all
around ready to tell them.
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 Llyn.
Other main settlements include Aberdaron, Abersoch, Criccieth,
Nefyn and Porthmadog.