The Llŷn Peninsula has a long maritime heritage, which
is obvious at many of the old fishing ports that are
scattered around the coastline. Being three sides
surrounded by it, the sea has had a big impact on the
peninsula and it's people.
Before Pwllheli and
other settlements along the south coast boomed with
shipbuilding and later on tourism, places like Nefyn on the
north coast were as or if not more important ports than
those to the south.
In more recent years,
the idyllic fishing hamlet of Porth Dinllaen, near Morfa
Nefyn was considered as the other option to Holyhead as the main port from
North Wales across to Ireland. One vote swung the decision
Holyhead's way and Porth Dinllaen has been able to retain
it's relative tranquillity.
Many ships have met
their end around the coast of Llŷn, with the notorious
black-spots of Porth Neigwl (Hell's Mouth) and the Bardsey
Sound being some of the most dangerous sailing waters around
Britain when it's stormy.
However, it's not all bad!
The calm bays of St. Tudwal's Roads, Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn
also provide calm havens for boaters and nowadays, water
Due to the lack of
major development around the peninsula, some of the wildlife
found along the coast of Llŷn is rarely found anywhere else
- and what's more there are some excellent vantage points on
land and a variety of boat trips to allow you to see it all.